We know the French eat escargots (snails), but I didn’t expect that snail eggs (or snail caviar) could become a delicacy as well…

Snail caviar becoming a delicacy in France
Snail eggs becoming special delicacy in France (Image courtesy of Xinhuanet)

Snail farmers in France occasionally produce some snail eggs… but the caviar are not really tasty. Dominique and Sylvie Pierru, a couple of snail farmers from Soissons in the Picardie region northeast of Paris, has found a way to make the snail caviar into tasty stuff.

Their snail caviar, called “De Jaeger”, hit the shelves in October 2007 and retails for 80 euros (USD115) per 50 grams. Despite the high pricing, the snail caviar is in high demand during the Christmas season as food lovers in France are always eager to explore new gourmet experience.

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According to Australian scientists, Kangaroo farts might play a big role in fighting global warming.

Thanks to a special bacteria in their stomachs, kangaroos do not emit harmful methane gas when they let off a stinker. Australian scientists are now planning to transfer that bacteria into cows and sheep to make their flatulence eco-friendly.

It will take researchers about three years to isolate the bacteria before they can think of a way to transfer it to other animals. [Metro]

Methane is the principal component of natural gas, and also a potent greenhouse gas that could trap 25 times as much heat of carbon dioxide of the same mass.

With billions of cows and sheeps worldwide… the methane released from their fart could have serious impact on global warming.

One of the biggest truffles found in half a century, a 1.5kg specimen unearthed in Italy late last month, has sold for $330,000 at an auction held simultaneously in Macau, London and Florence.

The winning bid on Saturday night (Dec 1) came from Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho, bidding by phone via his partner Angela Leong, who was on stage with the auctioneer.

Ho beat British artist Damien Hirst and Sheik Mansoor Bin Zayed al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi for the prized fungus. Truffles can vary considerably in size and are prized in Italian cooking for their flavour and aroma.

Proceeds from the auction were donated to charities including the Caritas in China, Consortium for Street Children in the UK, and the Telethon in Italy. [Reuters]


Video from Reuters – Giant truffle sold for $330,000

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A man competing against his pet dog in a drinking competition on German TV show… can a man drink (drink like a dog to be precise) a bowl of water faster than a dog?


Video – man vs. dog (Hat tip to Abroath)

Btw, I think I saw Celine Dion.

One thousand PVC hula hoops have been used to make the Storefront Ring Dome Pavilion in Petrosino Park, New York. The $3000 structure was built to mark the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s 25th anniversary, and was designed by Seoul-based practice Mass Studies.

The project arose from a chance encounter.

“Storefront director Joseph Grima was travelling in Asia on business and saw a model of the dome in my office,” recalls project architect Minsuk Cho, a founding member of Mass Studies.

Grima wanted a dome three times larger than the one in Cho’s design, but for roughly the same cost, so Cho used hula hoops and zip ties, and it was assembled by volunteers. [Iconeye, via Neatorama]

Hula hoops dome in New York
Hula hoops dome (Image courtesy of Alan R Tansey)

The dome reminds me of the Louvre Pyramid in Paris at first glance.

Swedish women have launched a campaign called Just Breasts which fights for their right to go topless on beaches and in swimming pools.

Scandinavian feminists were outraged when two women were asked to cover up their breasts by a lifeguard at a public pool near Stockholm.

A spokeswoman for the group said: ‘We want our breasts to be as normal and desexualised as men’s, so that we too can pull off our shirts at football matches.’

So far, the campaign’s strategy has been devastatingly effective. Members of Just Breasts have been jumping into swimming pools across the country wearing nothing more than bikini bottoms. [Metro]

I bet Swedish men are happily supporting the cause as well.

A man in southern India has married a female dog in a traditional Hindu ceremony in a bid to atone for stoning two dogs to death, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Indian man marries dog

The 33-year-old man married the sari-draped dog at a temple in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Sunday after an astrologer said it was the only way to cure himself of a disability, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

P. Selvakumar told the paper that he had been suffering since he stoned two dogs to death and strung them up in a tree 15 years ago. [Smh]

I hope the man still has enough sanity to not make love with his ‘bride’.

Thousands of bananas washed up on two Dutch North Sea islands on Wednesday (Nov 7) after at least six containers fell off a cargo ship in a storm and at least one burst open, a local official said.

A one-kilometer (half-mile) stretch of beach on Terschelling island, 115 kilometers (70 miles) north of Amsterdam, was littered with bunches of unripe fruit from Cuba. Bananas also washed up on neighboring Ameland island.

Cuban bananas washed on shore on Dutch Island
Lots of bananas… (Image courtesy of Metro)

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