Sunday, 12 June 2011

Stinky Souvenir

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague Zoo has started selling what look like ice cream containers but are actually full of elephant dung.


It's the latest fad among Czech gardeners who are buying out the manure pails to use as fertilizer. The brain behind the project is zoo director Miroslav Bobek, whose surname literally means dung.

Zoo officials estimate they sell around 200 of the 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) containers of dung per weekend, at 70 koruna ($3.90) each. But sales have been so brisk they decided to expand to weekdays.

AP video showed handlers scooping up the manure Thursday and placing it in the white containers to the bemusement of visitors.

Brazilian tourist Ana Tolentino wouldn't buy it at any price, saying Thursday "My gosh, it is very unusual!"

- Story taken from http://www.usatoday.com/

37 comments:

  1. selling elephant poo - nice! would have never expected this. interesting, followed

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  2. Hahaha selling elephant poop. I can imagine it is good for the soil though, usually a lot of the dung is just compost.

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  3. very interesting! Who was the one to think of "We'll just sell poop. Why? just because."

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  4. Aww! SO CUTE.
    Ooo nice read too

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  5. That's some expensive crap! It's reminiscent of trends we've had in the United States. Like silly bandz.

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  6. Its amazing to me how elephant poop and printer ink can both be so expensive.

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  7. Probably makes good fertilizer

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  8. Err why not just get real fertilizer from a farmers market or something? A zoo? Really?

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  9. That's two things you don't wanna get mixed up: ice cream and elephant poop.

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  10. I'd want a flake with it otherwise no deal. Following :)

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  11. hmm... two scoops of elephant poo with a side of sprinkles.

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  12. I'm sending that pic to my Grandma, she loves Elephants. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. My lawn's dead as a doornail, that stuff would probably work wonders.

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  14. I wish I could make the same cash off my dog's stuff.

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  15. eww uh what is wrong with the world?

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  16. that's not a high price for such a fertilizer.

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  17. Really nice your news made my day :D followed!

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  18. Well I could understand how it could be valuable

    but it's still pretty gross :P

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  19. They have to recoup the loss when they feed him don't they :)

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  20. How they make their money is irrelephant.

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  21. Kind of gross but also kind of cool.

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  22. That's actually not a bad idea. Instead of just throwing it out you can put it to use and make a small amount of money back at the same time.

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  23. Damn. Those farmers sure love poop.

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  24. Wonder who came up with this idea?

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  25. I used to work at a zoo and told them to do the same thing.

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  26. Lol, that's a lot of dung!

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  27. Miroslav Bobek, whose surname literally means dung. heh

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  28. Sounds like this Bobek guy is full of shit.
    +followed

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  29. They must have lots of dung with such big animals, awesome idea

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  30. Elephant dung is surprisingly affordable

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  31. Hahaha, that's horrible!

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