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The Brazilian government has begun producing condoms using rubber from trees in the Amazon.
The health ministry says the move will help preserve the largest rainforest in the world.
It will also cut dependence on imported contraceptives, which are given away to fight Aids.
The Brazilian government has one of the biggest programmes in the world to distribute free condoms in the fight against the disease.
The new state-run factory is in the north-western state of Acre, and will initially produce 100 million condoms a year, which will be known by the name Natex.
Officials believe that not only will it generate income for Amazon residents, but it will involve using a product which is widely available and can be obtained without destroying large areas of the rainforest.
The latex will come from the Chico Mendes reserve, an area named after the famous conservationist and rubber tapper who was shot dead in 1988 by local ranchers.
The factory will benefit at least 500 families and provide 150 jobs in the town of Xapuri which has a population of around 15,000 people.
The health ministry says the condoms will be the only ones in the world made of latex harvested from a tropical forest, and will reduce the reliance on foreign imports.
The Brazilian government says it is the world’s largest single buyer of condoms, purchasing more than a billion of the contraceptives in recent years to give away free as part of the country’s national programme to combat Aids.
The policy, which is at its most visible during the Carnival period, has often been criticised by Catholic bishops who say it only encourages promiscuity.
Tropical Condoms sound interesting but here’s how they make them in the Ukraine!
Some plastic “cocks” are dipped in rubber
Then cooled in some lovely clean water
Washed in a washing machine
Chucked in a bin bag
Then hand rolled into a small package!
Animal dung coffee at £50 a cup
Cup of Caffe Raro
The blend is made from two rare coffee beans
A gourmet coffee blended from animal droppings is being sold at a London department store for £50 per cup.
Jamaican Blue Mountain and the Kopi Luwak bean are used to create Caffe Raro which is thought to be the most expensive cup of coffee in the world.
Kopi Luwak beans are eaten, then passed, by the cat-like Asian palm civet, and sell for £324 a kilogram.
All profits from sales of the coffee at Peter Jones in Sloane Square in April will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Asian palm civets, which live in the foliage of plantations across south-east Asia, are said to pick the best and ripest coffee berries.
Enzymes in their digestive system break down the flesh of the fruit before the animals expel the bean.
The beans are then collected from the plantation floor by workers who wash away the dung and roast them.
David Cooper, who created the blend, said: “These rare coffees have been slowly hand roasted for around 12 minutes to ensure that we maximise the potential of each coffee.
“The final roast colour is quite dark to ensure that the espresso is perfect for a smooth latte or cappuccino.”
See the real “cat” and find out more info after the jump!
Nissan SUV’s are big vehicles!
In a big city there isn’t always space to park your car
So going on two wheels and parking on the kerb is making use of the 3 dimensions of space!
Even using another car to make full use of the space is acceptable!
What is a wee scratch between friends?
Graffiti village name change plan
Vandals keep changing the letter ‘L’ to a ‘C’ on the village’s signs
Residents living in a graffiti-plagued village in Merseyside are being asked to consider changing its name to tackle vandals who alter signs in the village.
Lunt, which dates back to Medieval times, has been repeatedly targeted by vandals who change the “L” to a “C”.
However, the proposal to change the name has split the village with some residents insisting the vandals should not be allowed to ruin their heritage.
One suggestion is to change it to Launt which would be pronounced the same.
Retired police officer Martyn Ball, who is now a law lecturer, says he is fed up with the offensive graffiti which greets visitors to the village.
He said: “We are all painfully aware of the repeated times our village sign is defaced by mindless yobs who change the L to a C. Drive in every day and you see a very offensive word.”
Despite the dismay that the vandalism causes, other villagers are defiant at the thought of giving in to the vandals.
The idea would be to change the village’s name to “Launt”
Parish councillor Steward Dobson, 84, said: “This village is very, very old and people don’t want the name changed.
“The vandalism has been done for years, it’s not children who are doing it.”
David Roughley, whose family has farmed in Lunt since 1851, added: “At the end of the day we live in Lunt and we don’t want to change because of a few yobs.
“It is the vandals who should change, not the village.”
According to the local website, the area was first documented in 1251 in the Chartulary of Cockersand Abbey where it was referred to as ‘de Lund’.
You sure it was about here?
Yeah maybe down here?
Vladimir come here we need you to look for something!
Right i want you in there!
I don’t care if its cold go tie this rope onto it!
Why did you open the window?
Come on Vlad pull!
You saw something else?
Come on lads pull!
What is it?
Its a space ship????
My Snowmobile!!!! Thats where it went!
Engine looks fine!
Lets go fishing!
As promised more Penguin Cafe Orchestra!