Turning Crap into Gold

So, we in Belfast woke up to a hearty laugh this morning with the following headline in the Belfast Telegraph: Man who tried to turn his faeces into gold is jailed
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/man-who-tried-to-turn-his-faeces-into-gold-is-jailed-16066385.html

Apparently the judge in the case said: “It was an interesting experiment to fulfil the alchemist’s dream, but wasn’t going to succeed.”

That, sadly, is true and the results were admittedly catastrophic. I wonder, though, whether the man’s plan was any more delusional or dangerous than thinking that sending someone like this to prison for 3 months will somehow bring “justice” to this situation? Will somehow protect communities, deter other would-be alchemists, or turn this clearly troubled life around?

Maybe the laugh is really on us.

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