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world Updated: Oct 22, 2012 00:17 IST
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Jumbo dung coffee world's costliest!
Coffee connoisseurs may soon find themselves put off their next caffeine fix after discovering the latest gimmick to hit the market - an unlikely elephant dung variety. The elephant dung coffee is made from beans eaten and digested by elephants living on a reserve in Thailand, the Daily Mail reported.When animals pass the beans in their excrement, they are harvested, cleaned up and processed into coffee grinds.

The resulting brew is said to be floral and chocolatey and the taste contains notes of "milk chocolate, nutty, earthy with hints of spice and red berries."The coffee beans, named Black Ivory, are priced at 1,100 dollars (685.30 pounds) per kilogram, making them the most expensive coffee beans in the world.

According to ABC News, the coffee is the brainchild of Thailand's Anantara Resorts, who say that the beans are "naturally refined" by the Thai elephants at their Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an elephant conservation program which will use 8 percent of sales to fund care for the animals. It is sold to visitors at their Golden Triangle property but is currently in short supply, with only 50 kilograms (110 pounds) currently on sale.

Now, a hotel made up of drainpipes
Melbourne: A hotel has been built in Tepoztlan, Mexico that is made up of just drainpipes .

Surprisingly cosy, the pipes - which normally would be used as storm drains and sewers - are fitted out with a queen bed, storage, a nightlight and offer mountain views of Tepoztlan, reported. According to the Daily Mail,Tubo Hotel's owner Robb Anderson said that he found the pipes just by chance and locals agreed to let him use them.

"The tubes were just lying there doing nothing so one day we asked if we could use them, they said yes so we decided to make a hotel," he said. ANI

Free rifles with engagement rings!
London: A jeweller in Iowa, is giving away free rifles to customers who spend $1,999 or more on an engagement ring at his shop.

Harold van Beek, owner ofJewellery By Harold shop in North Liberty, Iowa, told ABC affiliate KCRG that he wanted to "do something for the boy who doesn't like to hunt for diamonds but likes to hunt for deer." The unusual deal starts on Thursday, and will be going on until the end of October, the Telegraph reported.

Van Beek borrowed the idea from Mike Geller, a jeweller in Atlanta who had put up a similar offer in September. Geller had given away a free hunting rifle worth $430 to any customer who spent $2,499 on diamonds. ANI

IANS: High carb raises Alzheimer's risk
London: Seniors gorging on a carb rich diet are four times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment - an early warning of Alzheimer's disease, a new research says.

The research from the prestigious Mayo Clinic in America has found that risks are similar with a diet high in sugar.