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Cat paw print on a 2,000-year-old Roman clay roof

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From Atlas Obscura:

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About 2,000 years ago, a cat walked across a roof tile while it was still drying.

Part of that tile — dating from 100 A.D. — has been discovered by archaeologists along the route of a new road in Lincoln, England.

They found the tile among thousands of pieces of newly uncovered Roman-era material, Lincolnshire Live reports.

These clay tiles were made for the roof of a Roman house.

They had been laid out to dry when a cat sauntered by.

A couple of years ago, a similar tile was found in Gloucester.

According to the BBC, it's not unusual for animal (or human) prints to show up on Roman roof tiles, but it's rare to find one from a cat.

June 14, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Espresso Machine Smartphone Case

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That's different.

From Oddity Central:

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Mokase is the world's first smartphone case that also serves users a warm shot of espresso whenever and wherever they want.

It's aimed at people who are always on the go and whose hectic lifestyle prevents them from stopping by a coffee shop or even a vending machine for a dose of caffeine.

Smart K, the Italian company that came up with the concept for Mokase, claims that they were looking for a way to make coffee available anywhere, and pairing it with the smartphone just made the most sense.

We thought, "How to make it always available? Why not join it to a gadget that is already a piece of our lifetime?"

The heatproof case works with thin capsules containing the water and ground beans necessary to prepare espresso.

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All you have to do is insert a capsule into the case, and whenever you feel the need for a fresh shot of espresso, all you have to do is access the Mokase app on your phone and press a virtual button.

A built-in battery will heat up the coffee in the capsule to 122°-140°F.

When it's ready, another button press in the Mokase app will allow you to pour the espresso through an orifice at the top of the case.

Smart K says that the pipe through which the espresso is pumped is made of a aluminum-silicon alloy that can handle hot liquids without releasing toxins.

The special case also comes with a cleverly-designed pop-up cup that doubles as a colored key-ring when not in use.

You'll get 25ml of espresso from a capsule, slightly less than a regular shot of espresso, which is an ounce (29ml).

You can also order disposable coffee capsules in packs of 15, 30, or 50.

The coffee-making case fits a variety of smartphone models from Apple, Samsung, HUAWEI, and LG.

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$56 (smartphone not included).

[via my Crack©® Pittsburgh Correspondent — yinz know who u r]

June 14, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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