Elephant Dung Paper
February 22, 2005 9:25 AM   Subscribe

posted by sid at 9:30 AM on February 22, 2005

Amusing. Very dry...
posted by Quartermass at 9:39 AM on February 22, 2005

"I tried it. Shit quality."

"This is a shitty post"

"That paper you handed in? It stinks!"


koala poo earrings
posted by mr.marx at 9:59 AM on February 22, 2005

One of the King's daughters is really behind this (from an enviromental perspective, of course), given that Thailand has a lot of Elephant Dung.

Would be so "meta" if painting elephants painted on elephant dung paper.
posted by shoepal at 10:23 AM on February 22, 2005

mr. marx, koala poo smells of eucalyptus! It's kinda freaky, but given that that is all they eat, understandable. Still weird.
posted by shoepal at 10:30 AM on February 22, 2005

What's brown and sounds like a bell?

posted by Dr. Wu at 10:42 AM on February 22, 2005

shoepal, check out the art gallery.
posted by sciurus at 10:48 AM on February 22, 2005

I wouldn't wipe my ass with that shit.
posted by jefbla at 10:54 AM on February 22, 2005

Whoa! That is freaky. Thanks sciurus! Don't know how I missed that. I was in Thailand (near the HQ of dungpaper!) recently and considered buying a painting done by an elephant ($20!) but ultimately decided against it. Had it been on Dung Paper, I might have changed my mind.
posted by shoepal at 11:48 AM on February 22, 2005

Chris Ofili could use this. Or maybe make it, since he seems to have access to the raw materials...
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 11:55 AM on February 22, 2005

This is cool! I'd like to suggest that all paper being used by our government be made out of elephant dung since its all shit to begin with.

Can they make ink out of urine or poo too?

Actually this is a pretty interesting idea. Not sure how well it'll catch on but gotta give props for creativity!
posted by fenriq at 12:08 PM on February 22, 2005

You can get that in the UK as well. My parents toured a paper mill last year (I can't remember why - some family connection) and they brought back some samples, one of which was a sheet of elephant poop paper. They also brought back a sheet that contained old UK bank notes that had been shredded by whoever does that (the treasury, bank of England, customs?) which was actually really cool.
posted by TheDonF at 3:13 PM on February 22, 2005

Worth it just for "Hot dung NEWS!"
posted by fungible at 3:45 PM on February 22, 2005

Now all they need is elephant scissors and elephant rock, and you'd have a game. Wait, elephant rock wouldn't be hosting the elephant academy awards this year would he?
posted by Eekacat at 4:34 PM on February 22, 2005

I particularly liked this line from the "NEWS" section:

Please let it be known to all :- our staff neither resemble elephants nor provide us with enough dung to make 115 sheets of paper… sorry ladies.

"sorry ladies"?!?
posted by clevershark at 5:18 PM on February 22, 2005

This post reminded me of this article about manure-fed methane digesters. After the methane is burned off to produce power, and the liquids are drained to be used as fertilizing irrigation, you're left with 30% dry matter solids that look like sawdust and can be sold for use as cattle bedding.

Also: Another benefit is using the digester to compost dead calves. Calves disappear within a few days. "You wouldn't want to fall into one of those things," Mr. Fultz said.
posted by techgnollogic at 5:54 PM on February 22, 2005

Kudos to scirius both for the post and for the most economical use of tags I have seen so far.
posted by yhbc at 6:37 PM on February 22, 2005

Didn't I already see this on SNL? They said the dung paper was called "The New York Post."
posted by VulcanMike at 9:14 PM on February 22, 2005

Hey techgnollogic, here's some solid matter of the human variety.
posted by shoepal at 10:03 PM on February 22, 2005

Well that doesn't look like very comfortable bedding at all!
posted by techgnollogic at 11:26 PM on February 22, 2005

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