CAMBERLEY, England, May 12 (UPI) -- An English man says a piece of a rubber toy that was lost 40 years ago came out of his nose during a sneezing fit.
Steve Easton, 51, said he was playing an Internet game at his home in Camberley when a sneezing fit prompted the emergence of the object from his nostril.
Unsure of what he had found, Easton called his mother, 77-year-old Pat Easton, who told him what the object was -- the end sucker piece on a toy rubber dart.
Pat Easton said she had decades previously taken Steve, then 7 or 8 years old, to the hospital after he swallowed the toy, but X-rays were inconclusive.
"All these years later, it suddenly shot out," she told the BBC.
Steve Easton said his ability to breathe and blow his nose feels no different from before.
"It's the length of time," he told the BBC. "I'm not the first person this has happened to, but 43 years -- it's quite out there isn't it?"
Easton said he carried the object around to show people who were interested in the story, but he has since disposed of it.
In a somewhat similar episode in 2011, a man who was shot in the head during New Year's Eve festivities in Naples, Italy, sneezed out a .22-caliber bullet as he waited to be seen by doctors.