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PITTSBORO, August 17 -- Officials have received complaints about naked men at what was supposed to be a family-oriented area for bird watching on Jordan Lake.

Officials received several complaints about naked men at the Indian Creek Wildlife Observation Site, near the site's eagle nest observation platform.

Steve Brown, operations manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages Jordan Lake, said officials are considering shutting down the site.

The wildlife site is listed as a popular nude beach on more than one Web site.

Authorities say they can do little about the situation since the state has no law against nude sunbathing unless it is witnessed by a member of the opposite sex, who must file a complaint and identify the offender.

State park officials, who have no authority over the site, have received so many complaints that they now tell bird-watchers to avoid the wildlife site.

The Corps of Engineers created Jordan Lake in 1982 and leased some of the shoreline to the state Wildlife Resources Commission, which works alongside the New Hope Audubon Society to maintain the Wildlife Observation Site.

Audubon Society volunteers built the eagle observation platform in 1987 for watching and counting the birds in their natural habitat.

While nudity is prohibited in state parks, there is no state wildlife regulation preventing it on game lands, Brown said.

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Recycled paper company merges ecology and scatology

A Sri Lankan company is taking recycling in new directions by making paper from elephant dung to appeal to environmentally conscious businesses and tourists.

Upscale restaurants and hotels are presenting their menus bound in exotic boards made of recycled dung, which the manufacturer guarantees is sun-dried, sanitized, disinfected and deodorized.

"It is a conversation piece. People immediately want to smell it," says Thusitha Ranasinghe, a director of Maximus, the company which makes the novel product.

But Maximus, named after the Asian elephant's original name "elephas maximus," is trying to offer more than just a blank sheet of recycled paper.

There is no trace of the raw material in the hand-made product, although a connoisseur may be able to tell what the elephant ate for dinner. Dark paper comes from an elephant which has eaten a meal of branches, while a jumbo snacking on coconuts will produce lighter paper.

A true expert may even be able to tell the age of the elephant that produced the dung for the paper. Younger pachyderms can masticate their food better and therefore produce finer fiber in their dung. But when the dung of older animals is used, the paper is thicker as they do not chew their food very well, resulting in thicker fiber.

There is money to be made from dung. Ten kilos usually produces 40 to 50 boards or 600 to 660 sheets of A4 paper. Six sheets of A4 paper cost up to $1.50.

And it is environmentally friendly. Each ton of paper made with elephant dung could save up to 20 trees, Ranasinghe said.

It could also save the endangered elephants if people want to cash in on the money that can be made out of recycling dung.

The number of wild elephants in South Asia has decreased dramatically over the last century because of hunting and shrinking forests.

Poachers kill elephants for ivory or for their tail hairs to make into rings which are supposed to bring good luck.

With their huge appetites, elephants can produce a lot of waste dung. Maximus depends on a small herd of domesticated jumbos in the central region of Kegalle for its supply.

The elephant dung paper is also used for writing pads, boxes and greeting cards. Maximus is eyeing potential markets in Europe and Japan.

In Sri Lanka, the company already has an impressive list of customers, including the Hilton Hotel, HSBC Bank, Citi Bank, the Bank of Ceylon and the national carrier SriLankan Airlines.

When a group of conservationists held a symposium on elephants, they used dung paper for the cover of their souvenir.

And a Viennese painter wants to have an exhibition of his work done entirely on the dung paper, Ranasinghe added.

The company also uses bananas and a local variety of grass to make speciality paper. The bark of the cinnamon tree is made into spice-scented paper and rice husk is used to make paper that has become an upscale wrapping for wedding cakes and cookies.

Paper recycling is common in Asia, but Ranasinghe argues no one else utilizes this unusua

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What does Godzilla meat taste like? By The Associated Press (6/12/01) Japan's best-known monster, Godzilla, is coming to stores soon - canned.

"Godzilla Meat," actually 3.5 ounces of corned beef from Tokyo toy maker Takara Co., is packaged with pictures of the stomping, fire-breathing, irradiated dinosaur made famous by Toho movies that started coming out in the 1950s.

"People can eat Godzilla and become energetic and powerful. It's got dreams mixed in with fun," Takara spokeswoman Yoko Watanabe said Tuesday. "It's like Popeye and his can of spinach."

The cans, slated to appear in Japanese stores in October, will sell for $4.75, Takara said.

There are no plans so far to export Godzilla Meat, according to Takara, the maker of the Transformers toys.

Also planned for sale in Japan this fall are Godzilla Eggs, a can of about 15 quail eggs, and Radon Meat, canned barbecued chicken named after the winged monster.

Takara also plans to sell King Ghidora Meat, but buyers will find the taste of the three-headed dragonlike creature suspiciously like Godzilla Meat _ it's the same corned beef inside.