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Eggs, milk, butter... tortoise: What's in your fridge?


Who knew that a survey of Europe's fridges would be so fascinating? As well as shedding light on our eating habits, it also revealed the inedible things we stash in there. Medicines, nail varnish, batteries, sun lotion and glue were items that those surveyed admitted to having in their doors and drawers.

I'd like to think I can go one better than a handful of AAs. My tortoise, Nimrod, has his annual hibernation in the fridge. OK, he's in my parents' fridge, but that's because he joins his little cousins for a spot of chillaxing between December and March. It's safe, quiet and a constant temperature. Quite a cool idea, right?