Japanese Beer Made from Elephant Dung Sells out in Minutes

Ears to that! Japanese beer made from elephant dung sells out in minutes

By Mike Hawkins, Wednesday 17 Apr 2013 1:18 pm


Fancy a pint of elephant poo beer? (Picture: EPA)

It could be the tipple of choice for those who love getting completely trunk – a beer made from elephant dung.A brewery has created the beverage using coffee beans that have passed through an elephant’s digestive system – and the first batch has sold out within minutes.

Japanese maker Sankt Gallen has called it Un, Kono Kuro – a play on the Japanese word for ‘crap’.

A contributor who tasted the beer for website RocketNews24.com said: ‘Usually people talk about aftertaste when drinking beer but with Un, Kono Kuro the word afterglow is much more appropriate.

‘After downing the last drop, slowly rising from my throat and mouth was that afterglow. The combination of bitter and sweet stayed fresh and lingered in my head. It was a familiar aroma that accompanied me through the entire beer.’

The coffee beans used in the beer come from elephants at Thailand’s Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation. Just 35g of the ingredient cost £65 – the high price reflecting the difficulty of getting a usable quantity from the animals.

The creation follows last year’s launch of elephant dung coffee,  the ‘earthy and smooth’ blend selling for £720 a kg.

The Sankt Gallen brewery has called its new beer a ‘chocolate stout’, even though it does not contain any chocolate.

It has no plans to put the beer on tap at its new shop in Tokyo.

The original article appeared here.

Dead Tired?

In today’s economic climate, where employers—and everyone else—are trying to do more with less, it’s increasingly common for men to be putting in longer hours at work and cutting back on pesky inconveniences like sleep. Bad idea. Really bad.

According to a new study, working 11 hours per day (which a lot of us are doing) increases your chances of developing heart disease by 67 percent, compared to those who work just 8 hours per day.
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Japanese Shinto fertility festival (adult content)

119 Japan: The Feast of Fertility

I just posted a Pinterest board with a bunch more photos from this Japanese festival. Some of the pics are hilarious, but keep in mind that they’re all from an actual religious ceremony and festival. You should check out the pinboard here.


Sensing Insensitivity

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife is Japanese, I’m white, and our daughter is biracial. When I’m out with her in public, strangers are constantly stopping me to ask what country we adopted her from. (Interestingly, my wife tells me this never happens to her.) I feel like wearing a button that says, “No, you jerk, my child isn’t adopted!” Is there some way I can get people to stop asking me this irritating question?

A: More and more people these days are describing themselves as bi-racial. In fact, according to 2010 Census data , the number of biracial and multiracial people is up 50 percent since 2000 (that’s when the Census Bureau first gave the option to check more than one “race” box.) Theoretically, that should mean that over time, biracial children will be less of a novelty. In the meantime, you’ll still have to deal with insensitive (and/or ignorant) people.

While the questions you’re fielding are definitely irritating, only a very small percentage or people are asking out of racism. Most really mean no harm—it’s their way of admiring your daughter. Some have boundary issues (these are the same people who have no problem coming up to a pregnant woman they don’t know and rubbing her belly). And some weren’t paying attention when their parents tried to give them the “think-before-you-open-your-mouth” lesson. They’re not bad people, just a bit clueless.

That said, your frustration is understandable. Still, the most important thing you can do is stay calm. When you’re out in public, there’s no way to keep people from asking you questions, whether it’s about where you got your hair cut or the ice cream cone you’re eating or whether or not your child is adopted.

Don’t feel that your job is to educate people about race (or manners). Taking on that responsibility will just add to your stress level. With that in mind, the easiest thing to do is calmly say something like, “No, my child isn’t adopted. My wife is Japanese and our daughter is bi-racial.” That’ll clear things up for anyone who genuinely wanted to know about adoption and will probably make anyone with less-than-positive intentions feel a little silly.

As annoying as these questions are, they give you a wonderful opportunity to discuss the issue with your daughter. You might point out that she’s getting all the extra attention because she’s unique—and that being unique is a good thing (this is the same conversation I have with my youngest daughter, who’s constantly approached by people asking her, “Where’d you get the red hair?”) You could also mention that Barack Obama—even though he identifies as black—has a white mother and is just as bi-racial as your daughter.

No matter how these questions make you feel, keep the anger, resentment, frustration, and whatever else out of your voice and body language. If you respond in any kind of negative way, your daughter will feel that you think there’s something wrong with her or that being bi-racial is a bad thing. That’s a message you never want to send. Ever. She’ll also use your behavior as a model for how to react when people inevitably start approaching her directly instead of going through you.

As parents, we can’t keep people from asking us questions about our kids, especially if they’re cute and charming. Your number one priority is your daughter’s well-being and making sure she has a positive perception of herself. That’s a lot more important than educating or scolding some random person that you meet and will probably never see again.

Another example of how being an involved dad can save your life

Just a few days after the 1-year anniversary of the Japanese Tsunami of 2011, here’s a great story.

Kenji Sato, a fisherman in the coastal town of Minamisanriku,which was completely devastated on March 11, decided to take the day off so he could be at the birth of his third child.

Read the full story here: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/party-baby-whose-birth-saved-father-japan-tsunami-065157900.html