He washed it down with a nice glass of red wine. Now that's what we call a Sunday joint ...

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Roasted and served with parsley, bone marrow is a delicious dish. Wengshoel's hip wasn't

You know what it's like when you've got a troublesome joint that's causing you pain and slowing you down. All you really want is for doctors to replace it so you can pop the old one in the oven and serve it up with a nice potato gratin. No? Well Norwegian artist Alexander Wengshoel has done exactly that.

 

The 25-year-old artist suffered with a deformed hip from birth, before finally having it replaced four years ago. The Independent reports he told Norway's Nordlys newspaper that the hip had been “such a problem, for over 20 years” that he begged doctors to let him keep it so he could use the bone in his art project. As you do.

 

When doctors finally handed him his old joint over last year curiosity got the better of him and hours later he was nibbling on flesh from around his own hip bone. How does this happen? You ask.

 

Well, when he went to boil off the meat to use the bone for his installation, he says: "I started scraping off the meat, I took off a little piece and I thought, 'why not do it.

 

"It's not every day I will have a piece of human flesh which is mine and which it is possible to eat', so I had a little taste, and then I thought, 'that's really nice'" he told The Local.

 

Like any self-respecting Scandinavian he washed it down with potato gratin and a glass of wine.

 

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Alexander later displayed the meatless remnants of the hip at the Tromso Academy of Contemporary Art along with scans of the offending joint. 

 

But the question on everyone's lips is, what on earth does human hip taste like? Well, to be honest Alexander had a bit of trouble explaining that one. He says it has: "this flavour of wild sheep.” Adding if you take a sheep that goes in the mountains and eats mushrooms” adding “it was goaty." Mouthwatering stuff.