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   Undertoad  Monday Dec 4 08:34 AM

December 4, 2006: Digestive Table



It's the Neatorama/Cellar IotD weekly collaboration!



In the 'interesting art' department, artist Amy Youngs has created this table which helps you to digest your food. But not exactly in the way you might suspect.



In the center of the table is actually a composting bag filled with a mix of worms and bacteria. You put your scraps into it, and they are digested, creating a rich mix of compost and worm castings which eventually come out the bottom of the cone. To make the point of it, the houseplants around the base can benefit from this compost.



But that's not all! The eater can enjoy the composting process by watching it on the built-in monitor, which shows the action via an infrared camera.

You should visit Amy Youngs' website to appreciate the considerable amount of thought that has gone into this. Be sure to click through and check out the other cool works as well.

And be sure to visit Neatorama for more neato items!



9th Engineer  Monday Dec 4 08:38 AM

Quote:
But that's not all! The eater can enjoy the composting process by watching it on the built-in monitor, which shows the action through a built-in infrared camera.
Watching food compost, an interesting new addition to my list of things I'd rather not spend my time doing


Trilby  Monday Dec 4 10:25 AM

Yuck. I do not want to be that close to worms and bacteria EVER but especially when I am eating.



Ugh. I'm nauseous.



milkfish  Monday Dec 4 11:19 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
Ugh. I'm nauseous.
Here, have a digestive tablet.



Spexxvet  Monday Dec 4 11:31 AM

Mmmmmm... "worm castings"

After eating at this table, you go make your own castings.



Sheldonrs  Monday Dec 4 11:48 AM

And for dessert, you can watch the fertilizer manufacturing process on web cam from your local farm.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Dec 4 12:34 PM

Amy was always different than her siblings..... classmates...... peers...... humans...



Sarasvati48  Monday Dec 4 01:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
Yuck. I do not want to be that close to worms and bacteria EVER but especially when I am eating.



Ugh. I'm nauseous.
Those bacteria are already in your stomach, so you are as close as you're gonna get every time you eat...


chrisinhouston  Monday Dec 4 04:58 PM

While I can't imagine watching composting food scraps at the dining table, my kitchen is compost friendly. In fact I can't remember the last time we used the garbage disposal. In my kitchen at the back of my sink I have a large 12 qt bowl fitted with an old wok lid. Into the bowl goes every kind of vegetable or fruit peeling or cut off bits, flower trimings, stale bread and even old dried up bits of cheese. Once and awhile I've seen a few fruit flies in the summer but it doesn't smell or attract any other critters. Every few days it is taken out to the compost pen next to my vegetable garden which also gets a steady supply of grass clippings, leaves and other garden waste.

In the spring I undo one side of the compost pen and rake it all into the vegetable garden which is then tilled and planted.

I consider this a form of carbon credit to make up for the fact I'm still driving a car with pretty bad gas mileage!



rkzenrage  Monday Dec 4 05:01 PM

Dinner and poop=no.
This is why people don't like hippies.



BigV  Monday Dec 4 05:45 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisinhouston
--snip-- and even old dried up bits of cheese.--snip.
Hold the cheese, please. No dairy at all is best.


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Dec 4 07:50 PM

Plus, no cheeze should ever be discarded. Those dry, brittle, unchewable bits, cook up nicely in a sorts of dishes.



mcnugget91  Monday Dec 4 09:51 PM

Carbon credit!! Excellent!
Love that one chrisinhouston!



SPUCK  Tuesday Dec 5 05:55 AM

I want to see the other table art... The one with the toilet and the camera..

Hmmm what shall we call it?



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Dec 5 07:24 PM

A Poo Table, of course.



Happy Monkey  Tuesday Dec 5 07:27 PM

Notice there is no "l" in it.

Hmmm. That doesn't work quite as well.



bluecuracao  Tuesday Dec 5 07:50 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by milkfish
Here, have a digestive tablet.
"Contains Pancreatin, Ox Bile, Pepsin, Glutamic Acid HCL, Lipase, and Cellulase."

YUMMY.


SPUCK  Wednesday Dec 6 04:53 AM

Oh baby! One can't get enough Ox Bile..



Shawnee123  Wednesday Dec 6 09:50 AM

So do they make the ox(en) put their hooves down their throats to produce the bile?



Shawnee123  Wednesday Dec 6 09:51 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
A Poo Table, of course.
:p


Sundae  Wednesday Dec 6 01:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123
So do they make the ox(en) put their hooves down their throats to produce the bile?
No. It's actually a very cruel procedure.
They put the oxen into a pen, and then parade past other oxen with shinier horns, swishier tails and bigger browner eyes. They then collect the tidal wave of bile in huge troughs.


Shawnee123  Wednesday Dec 6 01:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl
No. It's actually a very cruel procedure.
They put the oxen into a pen, and then parade past other oxen with shinier horns, swishier tails and bigger browner eyes. They then collect the tidal wave of bile in huge troughs.

Oh the HUMANITY!


milkfish  Wednesday Dec 6 01:27 PM

You'll be wanting as much ox bile as you can handle when you try to down one of those enormous burgers we had on here previously. (Unless you cheat and stuff most of down the middle of the table.)



Happy Monkey  Wednesday Dec 6 01:29 PM

But one would expect that ox bile is specificaly designed to not help you digest beef.



milkfish  Wednesday Dec 6 01:31 PM

But that's the problem - the Mad Cow thing was perpetuated by feeding beef by-products to cattle. So they must be able to do it somehow.

And who wants to be the guy who has to obtain crocodile bile? Not I.



CaliforniaMama  Monday Dec 11 10:55 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK
I want to see the other table art... The one with the toilet and the camera..

Hmmm what shall we call it?
A poo with a view?


DanaC  Monday Dec 11 11:16 AM

Now, see.....I was expecting, and hoping, to see a table made from a giant digestive biscuit.



wolf  Monday Dec 11 11:19 AM

I'll stick with watching paint dry, thanks.



SPUCK  Tuesday Dec 12 03:24 AM

Ah so no reeeeal patience huh?



134340  Sunday Dec 17 04:04 AM

hats off for his sheer ingenuity !...



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