One would think the ordering of furniture online from e-bay would be a low risk venture. Sure, mistakes will sometimes happen and there are some unscrupulous traders who will bill your credit card, make an excuse to delay delivery and the disappear with your dosh. But though such instances my be infuriating they are not really traumatic. Not as traumatic for example as ordering a flat pack table and receiving a stiff or several small parts of one.
Hold hard Boggart, you are thinking, spare us your sick comic fantasies, its nearly dinner time and such a thing could never really happen.
But that is just what happened to Frank and Ludivine Larmande of Grand Rapids Michigan when they ordered a flat pack table from a store that sells through e-bay.
A few days after the order was placed two packages arrived and Frank eagerly began to rip the bubble wrap off the first and said to his wife this is strange, it looks like a liver.
Ludivine removed part of the wrapping on the smaller package to reveal part of an ear.
As soon as we saw that we knew something was not right, Mrs. Larmande told Grand Rapids Press.
In the circumstances you have to admire her talent for understatement.
NB: The ear and liver, thought to have been culled from a chinese corpse, had been plastinated (preserved in a plastic coating) for use in schools and colleges.