Sunday, December 16, 2007

It Takes All Kinds

We've heard and read about whacky news reports on practically everything under the sun and sometimes wondered about the state of mind of some people who come up with ideas such as the one in the news item that follows. Warning: If you are squeamish, don't read any further.

New Zealand Inventor Flushes Worm Worries
Sunday Dec 16 16:09 AEDT

The New Zealand inventor of a worm-driven composting toilet has flushed away concerns from bureaucrats that the system traumatised the wriggly creatures.

Coll Bell, who built the "wormorator" as an alternative to septic tanks, was asked to get an expert's report on its mental impact on the tiger worms after an official became concerned during a site visit, the Sunday Star Times said."She felt that the worms were being unfairly treated, being expected to deal with human faeces, and that it could affect them in a psychological way," Bell told the newspaper.

"I said, 'Well, what do I do about that?' and she said, 'You have to have someone with the necessary qualifications to say the worms are happy'

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