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New Zealand Just Discovered A Way To Power Cars With Beer

New Zealand beer company DB Export might have just invented another way to love beer.

Earlier this year, DB Export set out on a mission to turn beer into a biofuel that can be used to power cars. Simon Smith, a spokesman for DB Export, told Vice:

“A few guys having a few beers came up with the idea back in February.”

Now five months later, at Gull Petrol Stations across New Zealand, drivers can fill their cars with DB Export Brewtroleum, which is made from the leftover yeast found in fermented beer, better known as slurry. Simon explained:

“The yeast slurry is passed on to farmers for stock feed, but sometimes it can go to waste.”

When DB Export realized that they could turn the wasted slurry into ethanol, a central ingredient in biofuel, they sent 15,300 gallons of slurry to a refinery to purify it until it could be mixed with petrol.

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Professor Peter Scales from the University of Melbourne explains that biofuels are broken down into two separate categories: Generation one biofuels are made from crops grown specifically to make ethanol, and generation two biofuels are extracted from waste products — like DB Export’s slurry.

Simon explained that although the biofuel is not considered generation one quality, it has the same ratio as the E10 at the local gas station, which is the gas that most modern cars run on.

“Brewtroleum is 10 percent ethanol from our yeast, and 90 percent petrol.”

DB Export recently made 79,250 gallons of the Brewtroleum biofuel, which is expected to last about six weeks depending on how people like it, but so far, Simon said, “It has gone off with a bang.”

Written by Riley Schatzle of NextShark

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This Guy Took Scientifically Gassy Foods And Made One FART-INDUCING DIP Out of Them

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For no reason other than to ruin fancy parties, food writer Dannie Ree (Dennis Lee) boldly attempted to create the perfect Fart Dip. Yes, fart dip aimed to purposely muster the perfect amount of gas to create the most awful of smells.

Ree used ingredients like cabbage, sour cream, caramelized onions, prunes and butter beans; all of which are known to contribute to flatulence. To no one’s surprise, the result ended up tasting like “thick vomit” as Ree describes.

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The food writer stated that the nasty flavor was mostly from the caramelized onions. However, mixing it with the sour cream and other ingredients really contributed to the awful taste.

While unsuccessful (he farted, but not as much as he hoped for), Ree doesn’t let this deter him from creating more fart dip. In fact, he only thinks of this as the first step of many. The entire recipe cane be found on Ree’s blog.

Photos: The Pizzle

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Cartoon Shows How a Bean Becomes a Fart [VIDEO]

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True story: more kids would learn better if 1) school subjects were more relevant to their daily lives and 2) everything was taught using cartoons. Case in point: the following adorable animation that illustrates, using tiny anthropomorphic beans and enzymes, how precisely beans get transformed into farts.

The cartoon can explain better than my English major ever could, but the gist is that beans contain several nutrients that the body breaks down using enzymes, plus a couple more, called oligosaccharides, that it doesn’t. Unlike the proteins, fats, and carbs that get absorbed straight into the bloodstream, these oligosaccharides head to the colon to be broken down by bacteria and converted into fuel.

As you can probably guess, this process also happens to produce a familiar nasty side effect: hella gas.

Check out the video below for a moving TL;DR version of what I just wrote, courtesy of Vancouver-based production studio Giant Ant, illustrator Rami Niemi, and Men’s Health Magazine. Yay science!

H/T Design Taxi

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Fart App Lets You Know Which Foods Make You Gassy

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Here’s an idea that doesn’t stink. Er, sort of.

In an effort to teach kids health/science stuff in a way that’s more entertaining than staring at a textbook, ad agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners has designed a new smartphone app centered entirely around farts. Because inquisitive minds want to know, Fart Code allows users to scan barcodes to discover whether foods will 1) give them gas and 2) how noxious that gas might be.

The Fart-O-Meter rates products from “stinky” to “toxic,” provides a list of any gas-causing ingredients, and even generates what a potential fart might sound like — a sound you can then share via text message or social network. It’s like how SnapChat might have looked if SnapChat were designed for 12 year old boys.

“It’s difficult to talk to your kids about what they eat and how it impacts their bodies and minds and maybe this app will help start the conversation,” app co-creator Chris Allick told Animal New York.

The app does seem to work only for products with barcodes though, so when it comes to that bacon-wrapped L.A. street dog, well, you’re on you’re own.

H/T Neatorama

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This Vodka Bong Turns Alcohol Into Vapor

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There’s been a lot of buzz around the Vaportini, a recent invention that marries drug and bar culture in the most beautiful union we’ve seen since this proposal. The Vaportini takes individual shots of liquor and heats them up enough to generate an alcoholic gas, which is then inhaled through a straw to generate a pleasant and brief buzz. You probably won’t get wasted from the alcoholic vapors, but you will get an entirely new perspective on the future of alcoholic inhalants plus the thrill of sucking some (totally legal) intoxicants through a glass straw.

H/T Time Out Chicago