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Big List: Weird drinks

WEIRD WORLD: Mixing unusual drinks seems to be an art as old as civilisation, and yet strange new varieties are being created all the time. Here are a few of the weirdest tipples from the world's drink cabinet.

Wednesday 31 July 2013, 03:05PM

Bootleg beverages: necessity is the mother of invention, and for some people their thirst knows no limits. Some of the ad-hoc alcoholic drinks devised over the years by the thirsty and desperate include “Pruno” – a prison wine made from ketchup, fruit, sugar and bread, which is said to taste like rotten garbage – and the “torpedo juice” mixed by US Navy seaman in World War II from pineapples and the grain alcohol used by as fuel in their warship torpedoes.

Breast is best: there was outrage in China this month when it was revealed that rich adults are paying thousands of dollars to hire wet nurses so they can drink their breast milk. The nurses are provided by an agency, which scouts for new mothers willing to part with their milk for a few days to a month, with prices varying from $2,000 to $4,000. “Client can drink it directly through breastfeeding, or they can always drink it from a breast pump if they feel embarrassed,” said an agency spokesman.

Cow water: some years ago, India's Hindu nationalist movement announced it was developing a new soft drink made from cow urine, considered by some a traditional health remedy. Spokesman Om Prakash said the drink – called gau jal or "cow water" – would soon be launched on the mass market to compete with the likes of Coca Cola and Pepsi. "Don't worry, it won't smell like urine and will be tasty too," he said. "It won't be like carbonated drinks and would be devoid of any toxins."

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Placenta pop: the popular health obsession in Asia with health tonics made of everything from birds’ nests to frog fallopian tubes may have reached a new nadir in Placenta 10000, a chic Japanese jelly drink that contains more than 10,000 milligrams of powdered pig placenta in every serving. Placenta is traditionally rumoured to have regenerative health and beauty properties, and if the $8 dollar a drink (B250) servings aren't enough you can get Placenta 400,0000 concentrate as well

Chateau seagull: weird cuisine connoisseurs reliably report that the most disgusting drink in the world is “seagull wine,” which is prepared by the Inuit people of the Arctic by shoving a dead seagull inside a bottle with some water and leaving it in the sun for a few weeks to ferment. One intrepid adventurer likened the taste to car oil and reported "it goes down hard and settles in even worse. But I must say it sure gets people inebriated in a hurry.”

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