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Continuing on our day’s theme of weird PR stunts… PETA wants to make George Clooney’s sweat into tofu. Yes, really – and they’ll call it CloFu.

The animal rights organizations tells us it was offered some of Clooney’s perspiration, apparently taken from a gym towel in Washington, D.C. The org’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, even sent a letter to the actor, asking for his blessing. “We believe CloFu would be delicious on its own or served over rice with a light soy sauce and sautéed collards, in a casserole with melted vegan cheese and olives, or perhaps pressed with vegan pesto in a Panini,” says PETA PR gal Amanda Schinke.

In her letter, Newkirk tells Clooney the idea amuses them, and they hope it will amuse him too. “We could…give the tofu away. Of course, your fans would swoon at the idea of eating CloFu, but what interests us most is that we would attract many people who don't try tofu because they worry that it would be bland or that they wouldn't know how to cook it. CloFu will help people be healthier and more environmentally friendly and will spare animals from being killed for the table.” She then explains the science of using human odor profile samples – gas chromatography – and that’s it’s “no different than making artificial chicken flavor for instant gravy.” (Only chicken tastes, uh, good, at least in our humble opinion.)

“They could evaluate your sample and quantify the various odors in order to replicate them and use them to flavor batches of bean curd,” Newkirk tells Clooney. “We hope this idea meets with your approval.”

George? The curd’s in your court.

(Above: Clooney at the Oscars. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AP.)

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