Every year, smokers toss away over four trillion cigarette butts, fouling the environment terribly. Recently, a few Chinese scientists embarked on the seemingly impossible project of finding value in this noxious waste. Collecting big piles of discarded filters, they developed a process to extract chemicals that are effective at preventing corrosion when applied to steel pipes. Your assignment is to accomplish a similar miracle: Turn some dreck or dross into a useful thing, discover a blessing in the trash, build a new dream using the ruins of an old treasure.
~ Rob Brezsny