November 17th, 2008
07:25 PM ET

You're Drinking WHAT?

In the time I've worked here, I've seen stories as NASTY as they are funny.  One that comes to mind involved coffee that was processed through civet cats.  Here's what I mean:  Civet cats eat certain coffee beans.  Then, they pass the coffee beans (you know what I mean).  Afterward, the beans are cleaned up, roasted and sold for a fortune.  Mmmm.

I've never tried cat box coffee, and I wouldn't want to be the first to take a swig of NASA's recycled wastewater.  It's produced by a machine that takes sweat and urine (as in SWEAT AND URINE), filters it, and squirts out fresh drinking water.

Is it harmful?  Probably not.  Good for the environment?  It definitely recycles.  Gross?  Well, that depends on whether you'd drink filtered urine.

Still want to be an astronaut?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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