Pickled builders find pickled body in barrel of rum

'Special taste' Jamaican tipple

A group of Hungarian builders who availed themselves of the contents of a 300-litre barrel of rum left in a house they were renovating eventually found out what gave the tipple its "special taste".

Having drained the cask - in the process decanting a few bottles for home consumption - they tried to shift it, but found it "surprisingly heavy", according to Hungarian police website, as reported by

And no wonder, because in the bottom was the body of a poor chap whose wife had 20 years previously shipped him back from Jamaica to Szeged in the barrel "to avoid the cost and paperwork of an official return"*.

The bloke's unsentimental missus had since died and he was finally given a decent, alcohol-free burial. ®

Urban mythology?

Ah, the old ones are always the best. Try this link suggested by several readers to more "bodies in barrels" stories.


*We believe this fee-dodging spirit barrel corpse ruse is known as the "Admiral Nelson" down at HM Customs.

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