Body double ‘helped Tupac fake his death’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Tupac Shakur
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A conspiracy theorist has claimed there is CCTV evidence that Tupac is still alive. Rekindling longstanding claims that the American rapper did not die in 1996, the man says footage from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas shows that there was a body double for Tupac who was part of a plan to fake the rapper’s demise. “Pac is a very intelligent person so was confusing his enemies if you really do your research,” said an online commenter.

Abraham Lincoln’s hair up for auction

Some of Abraham Lincoln’s hair has gone for auction. The lock, described as “bushy” by a spokesman at Boston-based RR Auction, comes wrapped in a bloodstained telegram about his 1865 assassination. The follicles were removed during Lincoln’s postmortem examination after he was fatally shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC.

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Musk says life on Mars will be ‘glorious’ for some

Elon Musk says human colonisers on Mars will enjoy a “glorious” lifestyle even though some of them may die. The entrepreneur’s company, SpaceX, is developing spacecraft which it hopes will one day be able to transport up to 100 people to Mars. “Good chance you'll die, it's going to be tough going, but it will be pretty glorious if it works out,” Musk said.

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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.