Doctors operating on a patient who was rushed to hospital with stomach pains discovered a plastic fork in his belly.
Lee Gardner, who was vomiting blood and had stomach cramps, told surgeons at Barnsley Hospital, South Yorkshire, he had accidentally swallowed the nine-inch fork a decade ago.
But Mr Gardner, 40, said he had forgotten he had eaten it as doctors at the time assured him it would pass through his system naturally.
He told the Barnsley Chronicle:
The prongs had pressed on the stomach lining causing an ulcer that led to the bleeding.
Consultant general surgeon Hanis Shiwani said it would have been too dangerous to try to remove the object without surgery and carried out a 45-minute operation to cut open Mr Gardner's stomach.
Mr Gardner, who was discharged from hospital this week, is expected to make a full recovery.