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Poo brew, potty-mouth parrots and more

Barista's revenge

No normal joe: Poo brew goes for $100 a cup

You're going to have to go to London to get a cup of coffee believed to be the most expensive in the world. The Daily Telegraph reports that coffee expert — their word — David Cooper has developed a blend of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and some Kopi Luwak, which is a "special" southeast Asian bean that goes through a unique fermentation process. Through the digestive system of a civet cat. The beans are recovered from the droppings of the mongoose-like creature in Indonesia. The more unfortunate part is washed away, and the passed bean is roasted. "These rare coffees have been slowly hand roasted for around 12 minutes to ensure that we maximize the potential," Cooper says and probably even means. "The final roast colour is quite dark to ensure that the espresso is perfect for a smooth latte or cappuccino." Enjoy.

Lively stock

New deterrent requires a memo

Hungarian farmer Laszlo Miklos was having problems with someone breaking into his barn and stealing food meant for his sheep and cows. "I have no idea who would want to steal animal food from me but I was losing money and the thefts were driving me mad," he said, according to media reports. So he got an idea. He saw his electric fence, and decided it would be a good idea to wire his barn door so he could shock the perp. Just one problem. "I forgot to tell my staff." And a 51-year-old laborer learned the hard way. He is in intensive care after suffering a heart attack and burns. A hospital spokesman said that the man's insulated boots saved him. "He is lucky to be alive."

Barney, a bird of many bad words

Someone taught Barney, a 7-year-old macaw at a wildlife sanctuary in Nuneaton, England, some nasty words. But it turns out that Barney fancies himself as a bad apple and is teaching the other birds in the sanctuary his bad habit. "What has happened is shocking," said owner Geoff Grewcock. "He's been teaching the other two when we had our backs turned. It sounds like a builders' yard." The thing is, these are young birds, so they may be doing this for 60 more years. The staff is trying curb the behavior and is even getting help from one of the other birds, Sunny. "(It) squawks 'shut up' at them when the swearing starts, but they don't take any notice."

Hey! I'm on TV!

Escapee happy with his TV profile

Many criminals have been caught after being profiled on the television show America's Most Wanted. But it's usually because someone sees a person they recognize and turns them in. Meet Malcolm Kysor. After the show featured his case — he is a convicted murderer who escaped from a Pennsylvania prison — he bragged to passers-by in Bakersfield, Calif., that he had been featured on the show. A person who heard told a firefighter, who called police. Kysor was arrested without incident.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

Poo brew, potty-mouth parrots and more 04/11/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 11, 2008 10:13am]
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