Planet-friendly pigfarm barons in Missouri have come up with a brilliant new plan for disposing of their porcine portfolios' pungent poo output. They have developed a process which turns pigshit into road tarmac. The St Louis Post-Dispatch has the story, describing pigmuck tech kingpin Kent Schien's 10-year quest to quell the …
Hard to imagine it's possible I know, but after careful analysis I reckon you could squeeze a little more alliteration into the piece by altering the second line from "porcine portfolios' pungent poo output" to "porcine portfolios' pungent poo production"
Just my tuppence worth....
Keep up the good work :-)
Seems a bit of a waste of organic material to me.
What's wrong with brewing it for methane, then using the rest as good organic fertiliser? I bet that would consume a lot less energy...
Quote...Missouri state engineers will now monitor the pigshit pavement for durability, skidmarks etc
Skidmarks - chortle - you owe me a new keyboard and screen
Fnarr. And fnarr again.
"Missouri state engineers will now monitor the pigshit pavement for durability, skidmarks etc in coming months."
would this be considered "assphalt"?
"skidmarks" - made me giggle like a child again
This and global warming won't get along
And when there's a tarmac-meltingly hot summer?
The planet's screwed because we've been burning oil, let's make some more - making sure we use huge amounts of energy to produce it..
What you mean is ...
... "*In my opinion*, the planet's screwed because we've been burning oil". Please, be careful when spouting opinion as fact - the planet is far from "screwed", and things like this may help the continued production of plastics until other sources come on-line.
Possibly the most linguistically decorative of Lewis's yet.
And skidmarks, good god...
a new record for joke density I think
And an excellent story, good work sir.
(oh, and I'm betting you'll probably set the record from most keyboard icons in the comments as well)
if it really is like the heavier fractions of oil then one use would be fueling large ships
marine deisel is very (very) thick, almost like tar - in fact a lot like tar as it can easily become a solid and must be heated to 'thin' it slightly for pumping to the engines
theres a huge market for that if it burns well enough
Wouldn't want to be...
...downwind of a ship burning that stuff, though!
I really hope this does not extent to building / maintaining airport runways, else the Pope is in real trouble.
Or does the new one not do the kissing the ground but when he gets off a plane?
Black-opter due to the lack of Pope-plane icon.
and people of many religions won't...
be able to use roads or fuel this is made of. Interesting times.
I like the idea above about using less energy to turn it into methane and fertilizer. Wouldn't it be even more efficient to use it strictly as fertilizer?
The smell of Pig shit...
I once had to drive across Iowa in October while the farmers were spreading pigshit after they'd finished harvest. The recycled air conditioning couldn't get rid of the smell. What a godawful stink! I felt for the guys with the tankers out there spraying the crap. I can't imagine what it smells like heated up.
You made me laugh about the religious aspect of this. Is pigshit kosher?
Not to mention what would happen if a small municipality decided to use this on their local streets. The smell would drive the residents to revolt. If it was as bad on a 6-hour trek across I-80 in Iowa ( I couldn't even smell my own farts), no ones going to put up with it for a day or two in a residential area.
Slow on the uptake....
.... They've been using that here for years, all our roads are crap...
fairly logical use
as most existing roads in Missouri are shit already.
"Once allowed to cool and harden, however, the chocolate highway is apparently no smellier than any other stretch of asphalt. Innoventor and the Missouri state engineers will now monitor the pigshit pavement for durability, skidmarks etc in coming months" ---- once the cars are bacon the road again.
porcine portfolios.... is that a Porkfolio?
I'll get my coat!
where's Tina Turner when you need her?
[the Blaster has reduced Missouri's power supply]
Auntie Entity: For God's sake, what now?
The Master: Who run Missouri?
Auntie Entity: Dammit, I told you, no more embargos.
The Master: More, Blaster.
[the Blaster puts all power out]
The Master: Who run Missouri ? Who... run... Missouri ?
Auntie Entity: ...You know who.
The Master: Say.
Auntie Entity: Master Blaster.
The Master: Say loud!
[the Master turns on the town loudspeakers]
Auntie Entity: Master Blaster.
The Master: Master Blaster... what?
Auntie Entity: Master Blaster runs Missouri.
The Master: Louder!
Auntie Entity: Master Blaster runs Missouri!
The Master: Lift embargo.
Nice to see that they are doing the male thing and monitoring for poo skid marks. Wonder what the criteria are, 1 underpants crotch full on a single wipe and it fails?
Brilliantly written. I think that was the first "Oh, Orgasmic" I've given.
this is one shity road
Famous as the small town where Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain) grew up, and later served as the inspiration for the fictional town of St. Petersburg in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
This means that members of religions that forbid any association with pigs will not be travelling on/living near any roads surfaced with this stuff. I foresee problems on the horizon.
And I thought the roads were shit here...
Would this class as a 'pork barrel' project?
Pig poo is the worst
If you've never smelt it, it's just the worst. Cows, horses, chickens...nothing comes within a nose-hair of smelling that bad.
Pity the first poor biker to lay one down and do a face plant on it...
Come to Missouri
where the streets are paved with......... Forget it , stay where you are.
Ironic isn't it?
In the US they are making roads out of shit, while here in the UK our roads are turning to shit all on their own.
Energy balence anyone?
I can't help thinking that it must take quite a lot of energy to turn pig poo into semi-oil.
Obviously good catalyst selection should help a lot but how far can you go?
Does it take less energy to turn pig-poo into asphalt than oil in asphalt. I don't know.
Bet it's close though.
So the road is laid...
... and the jobby's a good 'un
Lewis, O Lewis
Once I saw Lewis' name on the byline I luckily knew what I was in for. Do you El Reg hacks actually fight over who gets to write about a story with such potential as this? I can see the El Reg news room now - "It's my story!". "No it's not, I saw it first!", "Bugger off!", etc.
To make it really good, they should provide the heat by burning some of the heavy oil they produce. As long as one unit of heavy oil doesn't take more energy to convert from shit than it contains, then you'd have a sustainable process, assuming you have an infinite supply of shit, which seems not far from the truth here. Assuming you use the heat directly instead of throwing 60% of it away on a heat engine and generator, this sounds possible.
If, on the other hand, it takes more energy to make a unit of oil than said unit of oil contains, then this whole process is probably not worth much more than the cost of disposal of pig shit in other ways.
Regular asphalt doesn't smell so great either while hot, so this stuff may not be any worse.
only about 20 miles from Quincy, IL, that made Slashdot headlines today
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It's unusual for either place to make much news until spring flooding gets drastic. It's quite a coincidence.
Whereas in the UK....
We simply leave our roads to deteriorate to that.
P.S. I love the Show-Me state.
Smarter to put the poop through a digester to extract the methane gas to use as a fuel and THEN make road material.
Re-pave the streets of westminster with the stuff
its necessary and entirely appropriate
is there an app for that?
Mines the one with the holes.