Archaeologist survived on ‘rhino urine’ tea

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A rhino

The late archaeologist Mary Leakey and her husband once drank puddles of rhinoceros urine during a dig in Tanzania, according to a new book. “They filtered it through charcoal, boiled it and drank it as a tea with lemon,” wrote Michael Scott. “But they could still taste rhino.” On another occasion, they drank pools that had collected in the sagging roof of their tent, forgetting that the canvas had been treated with insecticide. “They were violently ill,” Scott added, “and returned to drinking lemon-scented rhino pee.”

Sex Championships contestants ‘tortured’

The organisers of the European Sex Championships only allowed the contestants to go outside for fresh air and sunlight for one hour a day, two entrants have told the Daily Star. “We need fresh air because that’s, that’s a little bit of torture,” said Mister Riddle, the porn star who was selected to represent Slovenia. Nek Sinner, who represented Greece, added: “In the first days we couldn’t leave the house but then they allowed us to go for an hour walk.”

Musk and Zuckerberg ‘agree cage fight’

Social media rivals Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have agreed to fight each other in a cage match. Writing on Twitter, Musk, 51, said he was “up for a cage fight” with Zuckerberg, 39. The Facebook founder responded by posting to Instagram a screenshot of Musk’s message with the caption “send me location”. Last month, Zuckerberg won gold and silver medals in his first jiu-jitsu tournament, Sky News reported.

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Chas Newkey-Burden has been part of The Week Digital team for more than a decade and a journalist for 25 years, starting out on the irreverent football weekly 90 Minutes, before moving to lifestyle magazines Loaded and Attitude. He was a columnist for The Big Issue and landed a world exclusive with David Beckham that became the weekly magazine’s bestselling issue. He now writes regularly for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, FourFourTwo and the i new site. He is also the author of a number of non-fiction books.