Pope Francis asks the hairdressers not to tell gossip.

Pope Francis asks the hairdressers not to ... tell gossip.

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For Pope Francis, hairdressers must practice their profession "with a Christian style" following the example of their patron saint.

Pope Francis calls the hairdressers to "practice the profession with a Christian style".

This is a surprising new media outlet for Pope Francis. After talking about football and Lionel Messi, he made a curious request to hairdressers and beauticians. Specifically, he asks them to avoid ... gossip during their work, while having a kind word for their clients. A request made during a hearing in the Vatican.

The Pope invited them "to practice the profession with a Christian style, treating customers with kindness and always offering them a kind word and encouragement, while avoiding giving in to the temptation of gossip that easily arrives in your environment" .

The pope was addressing a delegation of hairdressers and beauticians members of the committee of St. Martin Porrès, asking them to follow the example of this Dominican monk Peruvian considered their patron saint. Martin de Porres (1579-1639), also called Martin of Charity, was born of an illegitimate union between a Spanish nobleman and a former black Peruvian slave.

Trained in the art of barbering, a function that stretched at the time to wound care and surgery, he was known for his talent and gentleness. He then entered the Dominican order. Many miracles are attributed to his intercession and he was canonized in 1962.

Would you pay 75 dollars for a cup of coffee?

Los Angeles: a coffee and an addition ... very full-bodied

Would you pay $ 75 for a cup of coffee?

This is what some Americans have spent to consume a vintage native to Panama.

Elida Geisha Natural is the "Rolls" of coffee.

For many people, starting the day without a coffee is an impossible challenge. At home, at the coffee machine or leaning on zinc, it's almost a ritual. A few years ago, its average price in France was 1.38 euro. Far, far away, the huge amount that has just been reached in Los Angeles. At Klatch Coffee Roasters, the precious beverage was minted at ... 75 dollars (or 67 euros) a cup, says USA Today.

How can one explain such a tariff? This was what can be described as "grand cru", sold under the name "Elida Geisha Natural". It was made from organic coffee beans from Panama. Only five establishments in the United States could sell, all belonging to the same family. She had bought it at an auction in 2018, an event called the "Coffee Oscars". Four and a half kilograms of coffee beans then sold for 1,582 euros per kilo. This amount still accounted for 10% of total production. The rest would have been sold in Japan or China.

Coffee harvested in excrement

What makes a coffee so special that it sells at such a crazy price? "It's a unique coffee that comes from Panama. It's way better than any other coffee you might ever hear from an animal, "says Bo Thiara, co-owner of one of the establishments that sold the coffee.

We are talking here about a "kopi luwak", these coffees that can be harvested in the excrement of the palm-tongued civet, a small mammal. The animal eats coffee cherries but does not digest the seeds. These are found in his excrement, after being "sublimated" by the gastric juices of the animal. For enlightened amateurs, this coffee would have aromas of strawberry, raspberry or even blueberry. You can still buy on the Internet, priced at $ 75 18 grams. When we love, we do not count ...

International paper plane challenge at the foot of the Alps.

The kings of the paper plane challenge themselves at the foot of the Alps

A world championship is organized every year in Austria. Competitors compete with ingenuity and imagination to launch the farthest the famous paper plane.

The paper airplane is now a sport in its own right. Well almost. During a weekend at a world championship in Austria, some of the world's leading specialists compete against each other. Give them a simple sheet of A4 paper, they make it a "hunter" that splits the air, a glider with wide wings, an outfielder who connects loops: some 180 young people from all over the world participate until Saturday in Salzburg at contest that will win three world champions of the launch of paper planes.

Selected in qualifying events in 58 countries, many registered "by chance" and "for fun" at the indoor event organized by the Austrian firm Red Bull. But they quickly took to the game. "The level is impressive, there are participants who throw 50 meters," says Agence France-Presse Jonathan Miraucourt, 24, who represents France in the category "long distance 'of dispatching his aircraft as far as possible.

Qualified with a shot of 35 meters "only", the young man from Tahiti, a student in Montpellier, is in doubt about the approach of the final: and if he was wrong with his technique to throw without momentum intended to ensure the stability of the shot? From the folding of the paper to the twist of the wrist that sends the machine, each team has its recipes and tips that the more experienced do not hesitate to entrust to the novices, in an atmosphere that is more of a holiday camp than Olympic Games.

A very technical test

Sacred world champion in 2012 in the category "acrobatics", the American Ryan Naccarato, a native of Los Angeles, displays the serenity of the experience: it is his third participation in this contest organized every three years. "You have to adapt to the parameters of each test: the quality of the paper, its weight, the air temperature, the humidity", seriously explains the one who, at 29, assumes his passion for folding and origami.

No complex either for Emmei Shinichi, a 54-year-old Japanese, participating the oldest of a mainly male and male panel. He is one of the most studious competitors, leaning on the folding of a complex form whose goal will be to glide as long as possible.

A boomerang plane

The most creative test, acrobatics scrolls all gear designs provided that their design is limited to paper, glue and scissors. An Indonesian arouses curiosity with two leaves agitated fan that flutter gracefully. An Indian has designed a boomerang of formidable velocity. "For the distance, we all make the same type of plane, shaped very sharp dart," said an Algerian participant who warms his arm and shoulder. Indeed, beware of muscle pain, he warns.

The last final of 2015 had a throw at 53.22m and a flight time of 14.36s. All aircraft must be manufactured on the competition site, an overheated hangar at the foot of the Austrian Alps, with views of ... the runways of Salzburg Airport, a nod to the likes of Red Bull, a brand of energy drinks become a heavyweight of sports marketing targeting young adults.