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An investigative program in China called Xi’an Up Close ended up becoming an international laughingstock after airing this report last week about a “mystery mushroom” that was discovered by villagers in a rural part of the city. Check out the report via footage below (Warning: slightly NSFW)


As anyone living outside of rural China can probably guess, the "mushroom" turned out to be nothing but a discarded plastic sex toy. Once the clip went viral, news channel Xi’an TV released this statement (via Shanghai List):
An open letter to all netizens and viewers: Hi everyone, one of our news reports which aired last night has made everyone laugh. This incident has been widely followed, shared and commented on. As our reporter was still very young and unwise to the ways of the world, this report has brought great inconvenience to everyone. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for your criticism and correction. Please forgive our oversight!
Here's hoping nobody ended up eating the thing!