This Coffee Tastes Like Poo ... And That's the Way They Like It

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If you're in Australia and your coffee tastes like … well … poo, don't complain. Just hand over your $50 and enjoy it, lest you be considered uncouth.

Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms in Queensland will soon become the latest to jump on the Kopi Luwak coffee bandwagon, and they seem to think this strange brew will be a hit with those seeking more than just your average cuppa joe.

You see, Kopi Luwak coffee beans are collected exclusively from the doodie left behind by the luwak, a cat-like critter that lives in the Indonesian jungle, reports.

Apparently, luwaks like to eat ripe coffee cherries, but they will only eat the most mouth-watering of the bunch. After nature takes its course, lucky harvesters come along and collect the undigested inner beans from the dung.

But it gets even better.

The beans are then washed and just lightly roasted so as to avoid destroying all of the, uh, nuances of flavor created by the beans' magical digestive journey. They're then sold for big bucks to high-end retailers chomping at the bit for a pricey cup of poopy beans.

"We've spoken to our import company, and to our knowledge we are the only cafe in Australia selling this coffee," Allan Sharpe, owner of Heritage Tea Rooms, said. "I'm not kidding myself that we'll sell heaps, but people come here for an experience and many don't mind paying for that — it is a beautiful coffee."

Keeping Up With the Norbergs

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Keeping up with Joneses now has a whole new meaning. More than 1,200 people with the surname Jones broke the world record Friday for the biggest get-together of people with the same last name, Guinness World Record officials said.

The gathering more than doubled the size of the previous record-holder — a meeting of 583 people named Norberg in Sweden in 2004.

"I didn't realize how many cool Joneses there were out there," said Aled Jones, 30, a British Broadcasting Corp. radio DJ who hosted the event at the Millennium Centre conference and concert venue in Cardiff, the Welsh capital.

Jones is the most common surname in Wales and is Britain's second-most common, after Smith.

Friday's event was, appropriately, called "Jones, Jones, Jones," and famous Joneses — including former Bond girl Grace Jones and opera singer Dame Gwyneth Jones — performed for their fellow Joneses.

Organizers turned away a few would-be participants who didn't bring the required photo identification. In order to be part of the record, Jones had to be the participant's legal name: no hyphenated names and no stage names were allowed.

The made-for-television event started out as a 30-minute documentary on the name, which is believed to be a derivative of John and has been traced back to 916, said Gwyn Williams, a member of the production team.

Organizers persuaded Joneses to travel to the event from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Canada.

"I'm very spontaneous, but people thought I was crazy," said Doug Jones, 59, of New Windsor, Md., who decided to travel to Wales after learning about the event from a newspaper ad two-and-a-half weeks ago. "It's part of being a Jones, being wild and crazy."

When It Comes Down to It, Who Hasn't Had a Naked Spat in Waffle House?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No shirt, no service? What about no clothes at all?

A couple that began squabbling in a motel room Friday morning carried their dispute over to an adjacent Waffle House restaurant in the nude, police said.

The woman, who was not identified, told officers she was staying in a room with Larry Boyd when he took a hit of cocaine, started trashing their room and choked her.

She ran in the buff to the nearby restaurant and locked herself in the bathroom. Boyd, also naked, followed her into the restaurant and then fled in a car.

He was arrested — still naked — after a short chase by police and was charged with driving under the influence and felony evading arrest, among other offenses. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

Now That, My Friends, Is a Spicy Meatball

NEW YORK (AP) — A detective suspended after testing positive for drugs says his wife served him meatballs spiked with marijuana because she wanted to keep him out of harm's way by forcing him into retirement.

An administrative judge believed him, and recommended this week that Anthony Chiofalo be reinstated.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has yet to decide what to do.

"We can't comment because the matter will still come before the police commissioner for a final determination," said spokesman Paul Browne.

Chiofalo, a 22-year-veteran assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, was suspended without pay last year after a random drug test found marijuana in his system. The officer denied ever using drugs and demanded a hearing.

During an investigation, his wife said she had substituted marijuana for oregano in her meatball recipe in hopes of forcing him to leave police work.

The detective's lawyers also presented evidence that she had passed a lie-detector test, and offered testimony from a toxicologist that the excuse was valid.

Are You My Mummy?

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Mummified human skeletal remains confiscated from the home of a woman who police say was trying to sell them on eBay likely came from a Scottish collection, authorities said.

Police said Friday they have closed their investigation into the remains and do not plan to request criminal charges. The remains had been confiscated Oct. 10 after being spotted on the Internet auction Web site.

A Michigan State University anthropologist determined that remains likely date from the early 19th century and were part of a collection of anatomical specimens from anatomist Allen Burns, the Times Herald reported.

The collection has been housed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The remains are from a child, probably between the ages of 6 and 9, Norman Sauer, an anthropology professor, told police in an e-mail.

"The medical mummy is clearly an important historical specimen and should be returned to the Burns Collection," Sauer wrote.

Lynn Sterling, of Port Huron, told police she obtained the remains from a friend who works in demolition and who said he found them in a Detroit school he helped demolish about 30 years ago.

Sterling said she was excited to hear about the origins of the remains.

"It's been an interesting journey," she said.

The listing was removed from eBay on Oct. 11 because it violated a policy against selling human remains, eBay has said. The Web site allows the sale of skeletons for medical use, but not mummified remains.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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