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September 16, 2005

New car runs on...cats?

From Ananova...

A German inventor says he's found a way to make cheap diesel fuel out of dead cats.

Dr Christian Koch, 55, from Kleinhartmannsdorf, said his method uses old tyres, weeds and animal cadavers.

They are heated up to 300 Celsius to filter out hydrocarbon which is then turned into diesel by a catalytic converter.

He said the resulting "high quality bio-diesel" costs just 15 pence per litre.

Koch said the cadaver of a fully grown cat can produce 2.5 litres of fuel - meaning around 20 cats are needed for a full tank.

He said, "I tank my car with my own diesel mixture and have driven it for 105,000 miles without any problems."

Annelise Krauss of the Dresden Animal Protection Association blasted Koch's new diesel though, saying, "This is as bad as experimenting on animals."

People who hate cats are so annoying.

How much you wanna bet that when he finally got it going, he called his wife out, let her listen to the car run awhile, then said, “Listen to that engine purr!!”

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Posted by Danny Carlton at September 16, 2005 07:19 AM

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It's an urban legend.
The source is Germany's biggest tabloid, BILD.
And although the inventor DID create a process to convert organic matter into diesel, he never used animal cadavers for it.


Posted by: Blackpriester at September 16, 2005 02:21 PM

Obviously the reporter was the one stressing the use of cats. Nonetheless, it makes for some fun jokes — of the non-cat-hating kind — like I did.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at September 19, 2005 01:07 PM

meh i hate cats so i think its a great idea, extinct the worlds worst species for cheap fuel! its a win win situation!

Posted by: comrade at September 20, 2005 02:40 AM

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