There has been a lot of talk about using hair and even fur to soak up the oil washing ashore in the Gulf of Mexico.

How about hay?

No, not 'hey', hay. You know, the stuff that's for horses but better for cows.

Hair dressers and pet groomers around the country have been scrambling over the last few weeks to supply enough hair to construct big hair sponges for use on oil covered beaches. The hair and fur are fantastically attracted to oil and are a huge help in cleanup efforts.

But hay?

Employees of Florida-based contractor CW Roberts think officials should be using dried grass, aka hay, to soak up the oil.

Logisitical concerns aside, the stuff does seem pretty adept at soaking up the oil. Check it out:

To use the hay, we'd have to figure out how to effectively deploy the fresh hay and then how to collect the oily hay, but that problem seems eminently solvable in the face of the problems we're facing. Shoot, fishing nets would probably be pretty effective at scooping it all up out on the open sea, it'd be great to give more fisherman something to do to help pay the bills.

What a mess. What a messy, messy mess.

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