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Fuel From Dead Cats
The German newspaper Bild yesterday reported that an inventor, Christian Koch, had developed a method to make bio-fuel out of dead cats. 20 cats would be enough to fill one gas tank. The story quickly spread to other media outlets, and animal-rights activists expressed concern: "The president of the German Society for the Protection of Animals, Wolfgang Apel, said using dead cats for fuel was illegal... 'We're going to keep an eye on this case,' Apel said." But it now turns out that Bild's story wasn't totally accurate. What they meant was that, in theory, one could use dead cats (or any other organic material) to produce the fuel. But the inventor insists he never mentioned the use of cats: "It’s an alternative fuel that is friendly for the environment. But it’s complete nonsense to suggest dead cats. I’ve never used cats and would never think of that. At most the odd toad may have jumped in." It seems that Bild got the idea for the use of cats from the name of Koch's company, Alphakat GmbH.
Categories: Animals, Technology
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 15, 2005
Comments (8)
so instead of forking over land for cemeteries we can now just turn dead bodies into precious fuels, hmm...
Posted by Tom  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  03:28 AM
wow...what a great way to hide the bodies...
Posted by Rande  in  describable  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  07:08 AM
I would support a dead-cat fuel.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  07:08 AM
I guess there is now 102 uses......
Posted by Bruce  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  08:21 AM
Do the cats have to be dead? Or can we burn live ones too? That would be the best solution to those f*#king cats who sit on my car at night!
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  08:31 AM
As the story says, you can use ANY organic material (octopuses, humans, roses, caviar, etc.) to make biofuel.

For another interesting use, see the story "Oil of Dog." I think Ambrose Bierce was the author, but I may have that wrong.
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  06:41 PM
Yep, Ambrose Bierce.
I just found the story online:

Thank God I had a classical education.
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  06:47 PM
germans will always think little bit different then other people...
Posted by Aha  on  Mon Sep 19, 2005  at  02:01 PM
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