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33-year-old Richard Noon of Yorkshire, UK, recently found something very disturbing in a bag of Burts Potato Chips. In fact, it basically took up the whole bag. The most disturbing part? Nobody knows what it is.

Their guess is as good as ours.

Is that a lump of coal dusted with cornmeal?
Is that a lump of coal dusted with cornmeal?
A fossilized octopus?
A fossilized octopus?
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Whatever it is, he shouldn't be touching it.
Whatever it is, he shouldn't be touching it.

Noon told Mashable,

We found it in a sealed bag in my local pub. It is large, so took up most of the packet — it was pretty much just sat there! … suspect it may be a clump of something that has fallen off a machine during cooking. Maybe a lump of seasoning or something, it is quite heavy and curved on the inside. I'm surprised their QA (Quality Assurance) processes didn't spot it (i.e. weight control, etc.).

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Even the best QA systems don't catch everything, but this is pretty big. And gross. I mean, it looks like poop. I can't be the only one thinking that.

According to Noon, Burts Chips has been in contact with him, and are sending him an envelope so he can return the offending object to them for analysis. After the tweet went viral, the company reached out to Mashable with this statement:

We take food safety and quality very seriously and are sorry for any upset caused. The lump is likely a cluster of overcooked potato chips which have unfortunately slipped through our quality checks, as a direct result of this we will be increasing the frequency of checks made by our team of fryers so this does not happen again … We have been consulting with Mr Noon since this issue came to light.

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Mystery solved? Or is this another Area 51-style coverup? We may never know.