Dung art

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Credit: e_monk on Flickr

Found this sculpture on Flickr. It was taken in North Carolina, US

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What do dung beetles and Nobel awards have in common?

The humble dung beetle was awarded the Ig Nobel award

… via a team of dung beetle loving researchers

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Ig Noble awards are about recognizing research that makes you think and then laugh

Marcus Byrne and his team of dung beetle researchers were awarded the an Ig Noble prize in biology and astronomy for their research into the dung beetle and its ability to navigate via the stars.

Check out his interview at the Sustainable Lens for the full story behind this incredible beetle.

Image credit: Sustainable Lens

Doug the Dung Beetle’s first book absolutely free

…but only for a short time

Download Doug the Dung Beetle – The long roll home for FREE!

As part of a promotion for the release of Martina’s next kid’s picture book, she wanted to spread the word of me – Doug!  So please, if you’ve ever had a twitch to look at my book, but didn’t, here is your opportunity to do so for absolutely free.  And as a favour to me, spread the word with your friends by sharing this post.  Give them the gift of humour and dung, all in the one neat little package!

But offers like this don’t last forever.  So go on, click here to visit NoiseTrade for your free copy (suitable for your Kindle, iPad and more).

NoiseTrade Doug Dung Beetle Promotion

 

Poo-fect bean for the coffee connoisseur

So I was a bit surprised that Marti wasn’t overly excited by the recent present I gave her…

…a bag of Kopi Luwak coffee beans 

I thought it would be a nice way of combining her love of all things dung beetle and coffee.

This special coffee bean must first be ingested by the Sumatran luwak (also known as Asian palm civet). They love to eat the ripest coffee bean berries and after the fruit part has been ingested, the hard bean pops out the other end for local farmers to collect. It can then be roasted the traditional way.

Luwak eating coffee berries
Luwak eating berries Copyright Leendertz under Creative Commons licence – Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Considered the most expensive coffee bean (about $AUD 1 per gram!); it’s obviously one for a true connoisseur to savour. Perhaps an ideal gift for that person who has everything?