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Lucky Girl Gets Bill Gates As Her Secret Santa and He Delivers Stupendously

This lucky gal managed to snag Bill Gates as her Secret Santa this year on Reddit's gift exchange. We're not sure how we'd react if the man himself sent us a 30 lb. stuffed cat.

"PRO TIP: When filling out your reddit gift questionnaire, don't act like a crazy person in hopes of making sure your santa understands the 1 thing you really care about. Bill Gates might read it. And then you will over-analyze every lame joke you made. #truestory

Step 1: Have an awkward moment with your FedEx guy, staring at him pushing a small refrigerator box up to your door. Offer to help.

Step 2: Proceed to scream and make inaudible sounds, causing all nearby cats and family to congregate.

Step 3: Confirm it is, in fact, from Bill Gates. Thankfully, a photo of Bill Gates with a massive Pusheen head next to him was included. You'd be surprised at the amount of time it may take to register what is happening and connect the photo to the gigantic cat-beast in your living room. My life is now complete.

Step 4: Clean off all the cat hair and put on makeup because, well, you know.

Step 5: After allotting adequate time to each individual gift, find a place for Pusheen to call his own. A large couch or small stable will do."

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Back in November, Bill Gates visited a plant that turns poop into water, and he took a nice big gulp.

The machine is called an Omniprocessor, and it uses a steam engine to convert raw sewage into electricity, clean drinking water and ash. On top of that, it produces enough excess energy to power itself.

He wrote about the experience on his blog:

"I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin. They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water."

The visit was part of The Gates Foundation's efforts to improve sanitation in poor countries. A few years ago, he asked people to try to reinvent the toilet as a possible solution to the problem.

The Omniprocessor was built by the Seattle-based Janicki Bioenergy, which will be conducting a pilot test of the machine in Dakar, Senegal in late 2015.

So how did the water taste?

"The water tasted as good as any I've had out of a bottle," Gates writes. "And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It's that safe."