In Florence yesterday a cleaner at the Galleria dell'Academia reported seeing yellow fluid dripping from the most recognisable statue in the world.
Although rumours about the lifelike sculpture urinating in the Palazzo della Signoria, where it was originally placed in 1504, had been recorded by the art historian, Vasari, in his Lives of the Artists, little documentation regarding the masterpiece's incontinence has drawn attention from academics in recent centuries.
Marco Fiore della Prepuce, the leading Florentine art historian of the Renaissance period, declared this morning that the fluid did indeed taste of urine, and that extensive testing revealed the flavour to be "close to that of a living human male".
Leading Scottish Michelangelo scholar, Professor Sporran McKechney, said he hoped to be in Florence "in a wee while" to examine the sculpture for himself, and taste a little of the Italian Summer while on sabbatical.
The Director of the galleria dell'Accademia said that nothing about the recent observations would be passing his lips until further examinations were completed.
The cleaner, 78 year old Maria d'Urineggioforte, declared that she was sick of cleaning up after men all her life, and although it might be a miracle, the extra cleaning was "pissing her off."