Happy National Coffee Day, folks.
Feast your eyes on an animal that poops $600 gourmet coffee. Yes, it’s true — this mammal, native to Africa and Asia, is responsible for pooping out the world’s most expensive coffee, called Kopi Luwak. Civets are fed coffee cherries, and during digestion the animal’s enzymes mix with the coffee beans before they, ahem, pass through, giving the beans a unique, bitter taste.
(See how it all happens here.)
For all you dedicated coffee drinkers out there, would you drink this kind of coffee?
Glider Containing Water Mill in Neighboring Metals by Marcel Duchamp, 1913-1915. Oil and semicircular glass, lead, lead wire, 147 x 79 cm. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
The dog of slain Petty Officer Jon Tumilson refused to leave his side during the Navy SEAL’s funeral earlier this week in Rockford, Iowa. The heartbreaking photo taken by his cousin, Lisa Pembleton, shows Tumilson’s dog Hawkeye lying by the casket. (via The Daily Treat: Animal Planet)
Every year, beginning the Sunday before Labor Day and lasting through the end-of-Summer holiday, thousands gather in the sands of Nevada for the Burning Man festival.
Originating with bonfire rituals in San Francisco during the mid-1980s, the fest moved to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles north of Reno, in 1990 as a safe space for “dadaist” self-expression and performance art. Today, Burning Man welcomes tens of thousands of attendees, who adhere to a gifting economy in which visitors trade goods or services — be they crafts, food, or entertainment — for whatever they need.
see more — Burning Man: Festival of Fire