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Sacred Cow ‘Naan’ Hits the Shelves in India

Jeez – and I thought “New Age” was out of control in America. Suggestion: stick with the Nag Champa.

Now Guess What Comes In Packages – Cow Dung Cakes!

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Dookie cakesNews Post India, Jan 9, 2008–Don’t be surprised to find packaged cow dung cakes sitting pretty with toiletries and groceries at retail stores here.

After cow urine or ‘gau mutra’, packaged cow dung cakes or ‘kanda’ have now hit the market and they are the brainchild of the city-based Gau Sena, which literally translated means ‘cow army’.

The Gau Sena, which has launched the product under the brand Gauvar in Jaipur, claims it has mixed many ingredients in the cow dung cake so that burning it could purify the environment. The cakes would also help keep diseases at bay, the organisation claims….

…Gupta said the product has cow dung, water of the holy Ganges river*, cow urine, rose water, cow milk, items of fire sacrifice – ‘hawan samagri’, rose petals, rice, clove, cardamom, the ayurvedic product guggal, camphor, butter, sawdust of the mango tree, ‘itra’ (essence), extract of tulsi, sandalwood powder and sand from the feet of sacred cows.

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*Holy the Ganges may be, but it is well known that the counts of fecal coliform bacteria in the river are 3000 times higher than is considered safe in developed countries. The Ganges is one of the most polluted waterways in the world.


Addendum: Note resemblance between kanda (upper right) and Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme PiesLittle Debbie

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Toxic Eau de Cow Arse?

Ass Hazard

A group of Nebraskans, concerned about “the byproducts of livestock operations intruding into their lives,” opposes the idea that hydrogen sulfide (fart gas) and ammonia (piss) emissions from stockyard operations be labeled “non-emergency” and made exempt from EPA reporting requirements. (read the article)

There’s no love lost between myself and the EPA, but I know the stench of fanatical activism (as opposed to activism) when I smell it. What these individuals are objecting to is the smell of the barnyard – something I grew up with, being raised in rural Washington state. What they are asking comes more clearly into focus when we take note of the two “offending” substances:

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The Dover Boys at Pimento University (P.U.)

In an earlier post, I poked fun at the novelty of a manure-sniffing study being conducted at Purdue University, i.e., P.U. The comedic irony here is threefold, and if I may make it explicit:

  • It’s a genuine manure sniffing study
  • It really is being conducted at a University with the intials “P.U.”
  • Most significantly, there’s a famous old Warner Bros. cartoon that plays nicely into the irony.

I give you “The Dover Boys at Pimento University” OR “The Rivals of Roquefort Hall”–

Pimento U., o’ sweet P.U.
Thy fragrant odor scents the air
A pox on Yale, poo-poopa-doo
Pimento U., my college fair

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Contributed: Sniffing poop at old P.U.

The following story comes to me courtesy of JFinger at Fist of Blog. Good stuff, J, although you failed to note that the initials of Purdue University are, fittingly, P.U. Heh. I love unintentional irony.

Students sniff poop for science (and for pay)
Research seeks to improve odor emissions from farming operations

Sniffing Shit for old P.U.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (AP) – Purdue University students are making some extra cash through a project that might turn some of their classmates’ stomachs — by sniffing livestock excrement.

Students earn $30 per session as they take whiffs of a variety of smells collected from barns filled with hogs, cows and chickens for odor research being conducted by Albert Heber, a Purdue professor of agricultural and biological engineering. (read more)

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