Africa's Greatest Non-Inventions?

From (Re)Brand Africa Fri Jan 25 2013, 18:59:00

This image of an African man with rubber man around his head has gone viral with a new country named in each e-mail in order to ridicule the nationals of that country although it probably originated in South Africa as signified by the references on the computer screen.. Photo credit:unknown

Many people have received the popular email of the African man with an elastic band and cell phone tied around his head with the caption reading "hands-free cell phone". A few weeks ago, I was sent a link to a blog with similar images depicting African non-inventions, entitled "11 amazing devices that could only have been invented in Africa". The blog consists of a number of 'inventions' - or rather African adaptations of contemporary technology credited to Africa. These adaptations include a hand held sprinkler system made by attaching the top of a plastic bottle to a hose pipe; a box ball (foosball) table carved from an actual box box; and many similar 'humorous' non-inventions.

The latest series of such type of photos were included on a blog run by the Africa Geographic Safari magazine which also has some of these images on its Facebook page. It credits the source of the photos to another Facebook page, Africa, This is why I live here - owned by AfricaThisiswhyI livehere.com- a wildlife blog that promotes conservation of Rhinos. There is a note on the 'about' section of the Facebook site of the latter, reading "not intended for anyone with a bad sense of humor". On the Africa Geographic ...

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