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Snake Woman

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 29, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Body, Human Marvels, Africa

Ugandan Kung Fu

More information here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 31, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Martial Arts, Children, Africa

Blood is Money

Man, those are some weird-ass non-Western horror/fantasy tropes from Nollywood.

Caution: lots of fake gore and quick glimpse of the butts of naked corpses.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 20, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Horror, Scary Criminals, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Fantasy, Africa

Pro Basketball Player Eaten by Cannibals?


Vanished forever in Africa while visiting Idi Amin. Surname suspiciously close to "brisket." 'Nuff said.

Contemporary account from 1985.

Article from 2007.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 16, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Cannibalism, Sports, 1980's, Africa

More Stephen Cohen

Perhaps you recall a recent report (I seem to recall Chuck covered the incident) about a performance artist in Paris who attached a rooster to his genitals for a public parade. That was Stephen Cohen, and here's more about him.

Caution: some mild, non-sexualized nudity.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 01, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Body, Eccentrics, Performance Art, Africa

African Traffic Robots

The latest innovation in traffic control from the Democratic Republic of Congo. More info at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Mar 10, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Africa

Eye Machines Might Rot

I'm assuming something has been lost in translation with this article on It reports that after a "colossal sum of money" was spent buying new machines for the Eye Centre at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), the hospital now finds it can't install the machines because there are some people living next to the Eye Centre who "produce excessive heat." And this heat will somehow damage the machines.

The hospital wants all these heat-producing people cleared away. And it warns that if it doesn't get its way, it won't be able to use the new machines at all. And non-usage will also damage the delicate machines! Or, as the headline puts it, "KATH eye centre machines rot." Sounds like if these hot people could cool down a bit, they could stay and everyone would be happy.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 23, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Africa

Nigerian Pen Pals


Wait a minute--my spam filters are all set up to protect against "Nigerian pen pals!" Not to vilify a whole country just on account of a few million citizens who are scammers, but I don't think Nigeria would be my first choice when seeking global camaraderie.

But if you're interested, here you go.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 04, 2013 | Comments (11)
Category: Crime, Foreign Customs, Africa

Zulu Blowgun Free


Oh, just imagine the glorious lawsuit possibilities if this toy were offered today!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 15, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, Stereotypes and Cliches, Toys, Lawsuits, 1920's, Africa

Hendrik Coetzee

Kadoma_teaser from Ben Stookesberry on Vimeo.

Do African explorers still get eaten by crocodiles in the 21st century? It seems a highly Victorian fate.

But it happened to Hendrik Coetzee just a little over a year ago. And now there's a documentary about him, the trailer for which is above.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 04, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Death, Eccentrics, Documentaries, Africa
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