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Old 09-15-05, 06:53 AM
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This was just too good.

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9339530/

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BERLIN - A German inventor said he has developed a method to produce crude oil products from waste that he believes can be an answer to the soaring costs of fuel, but denied a German newspaper story implying he also used dead cats.

Christian Koch, an inventor and patent holder of the “KDV 500” that he said produces high quality fuel, said he can transform waste products such as paper, rubbish and plastic materials into fuel.

But Koch, 55, said there was no truth to stories published in Bild newspaper on Tuesday and Wednesday that suggested he used dead cats as part of the mix for his organic diesel fuel.

“I use paper, plastics, textiles and rubbish,” Koch told Reuters.

“It’s an alternative fuel that is friendly for the environment. But it’s complete nonsense to suggest dead cats. I’ve never used cats and would never think of that. At most the odd toad may have jumped in.”

Bild on Tuesday wrote a headline: “German inventor can turn cats into fuel -- for a tank he needs 20 cats.” The paper on Wednesday followed up with a story entitled: “Can you really make fuel out of cats?”

A spokesman for Bild told Reuters the story was meant to show that cat remains could “in theory” be used to make fuel with Koch’s patented method.

The author of the story said Koch had never told him directly that he had used dead cats as the story implied.

The website of Koch’s firm, “Alphakat GmbH”, says his patented “KDV 500” machine can produce what he calls the “bio-diesel” fuel at about 23 euro cents (30 cents) a liter, which is about one-fifth the price at petrol stations now.

“I drive my normal diesel-powered car with this mixture,” Koch is quoted saying in Bild, next to a large picture of a kitten. “I have gone 170,000 km (106,000 miles) without a problem.”

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This bothers me...I'm thinking Dr. Kotch may have been misunderstood by a das Bild reporter (das Bild is a German magazine, the US equivalent of People...sort of)

Catalytic degassification, or catalytic treatment of exhaust gasses, in German, is "Katytische". Cat, in german, is "Katze". Yep, you pronouce German just as it's spelled.

A German pun, at best. An ignorant reporter, at worst.

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Originally Posted by eubi
This bothers me...I'm thinking Dr. Kotch may have been misunderstood by a das Bild reporter (das Bild is a German magazine, the US equivalent of People...sort of)

Catalytic degassification, or catalytic treatment of exhaust gasses, in German, is "Katytische". Cat, in german, is "Katze". Yep, you pronouce German just as it's spelled.

A German pun, at best. An ignorant reporter, at worst.

Can you tell it's a slow work day for Eubi?
Good observation eubi, I know german and I didn't catch that link to possible reason
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