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PARIS - Call it "Horsegate" or just a really bad case of un-authentic Italian food, but the story of horse meat winding up in one of Europe's most popular brands of "all beef" frozen lasagne has been galloping on for four days. We have Romanian meat in question? And also e-questrian.

You see where this is going: with France, Sweden, Ireland, Romania and the UK all hee-ing and haw-ing about what exactly to do with the scandal, we decided to reign in the Internet's worst kind of horsing around with the sort-of-serious news.

Any one for spag bog?#findus#horsemeattwitter.com/mykkym1/status…

— suerose (@mykkym1) February 10, 2013

@tutor2u_graham another one from the Trot-ters #horsegatetwitter.com/KESecon/status…

— Paul Sheppard (@KESecon) February 9, 2013

They won't Findus in here #horsegatetwitter.com/foodiequine/st…

— Claire Jessiman (@foodiequine) February 8, 2013

And still the jokes keep coming..... #horsegatetwitter.com/iam00blonde/st…

— Blondi (@iam00blonde) February 9, 2013

#findus & #tesco should be ashamed..look what 4 year old Elsie made me ... twitter.com/Hayden1974/sta…

— Hayden Groves (@Hayden1974) February 10, 2013

Oh dear #Findus You left a trail of breadcrumbs for us then!! #Horsegate#horsemeattwitter.com/tractorboy_dan…

— Dan Bridges (@tractorboy_dan) February 10, 2013

Martine aime les lasagnes (vu sur Internet). twitter.com/CTrivalle/stat…

— Christophe Trivalle (@CTrivalle) February 11, 2013

Il est temps de remettre à jour les manuels scolaire #Findus#ChevalGatetwitter.com/benoitlebreau/…

— Benoit Lebreau (@benoitlebreau) February 10, 2013

Seems @marksandspencer aren't too sure what's in their sandwiches either ;-) #horsegate#beef#horsetwitter.com/Lilla_Pete/sta…

— Lil Pete (@Lilla_Pete) February 10, 2013

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Colombia Celebrates Its Beloved Drug For The Ages, Coffee

This essential morning drink for millions worldwide was once considered an addictive menace, earning itself a ban on pain of death in the Islamic world.

Colombia's star product: coffee beans.

Julián López de Mesa Samudio

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BOGOTÁ — October 1st is International Coffee Day. Recently it seems as if every day of the calendar year commemorates something — but for Colombia, coffee is indeed special.

For almost a century now we have largely tied our national destiny, culture and image abroad to this drink. Indeed it isn't just Colombia's star product, it became through the course of the 20th century the world's favorite beverage — and the most commonly used drug to boost work output.

Precisely for its stimulating qualities — and for being a mild drug — coffee was not always celebrated, and its history is peppered with the kinds of bans, restrictions and penalties imposed on the 'evil' drugs of today.

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