To combat extreme temperatures in India, a local woman has covered her Toyota Corolla in cow dung.
Facebook user Rupesh Gauranga Das shared images of the poop-covered Toyota on Facebook before local media was able to track down the owner who revealed the car’s unique exterior finish had allowed her to cope with temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).
“The heat was getting unbearable. I have used cow dung in my house for flooring and from that experience I thought of doing something with my car,” Sejal Shah told the Hindustan Times.
It’s not entirely clear how thick the layer of cow dung is but it only appears quite thin. The owner says that the cow dung should help keep the car warm in winter in addition to its cooling effect during summer.
“[The process of applying cow dung] not only keeps my car cool but also helps in preventing pollution. The harmful gases that are released while we use car AC increase the temperatures and contribute to global warming. I drive my car switching off the AC as the cow-dung keeps it cool,” she explained.
While this may all sound rather bizarre to most readers, it is quite a common practice in parts of rural India for cow dung to be applied to the floors and walls of a house to keep it cool in the summer and warm in winter. Additionally, cow dung is regarded as a mosquito repellent and a natural disinfectant. We can’t imagine it smelling very nice, however…
Sejal Shah, a resident of Ahmedabad, has covered her car with cow dung to beat the heat.
"The heat was getting unbearable. I have used cow dung in my house for flooring and from that experience I thought of doing something with my car," Shah says to ANI.
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