Category:
Africa

Refrigerated Camels

Instead of using refrigerated trucks to deliver medical supplies to people who live in the deserts of Africa, inventors have built solar-powered refrigerators that can be carried by camels, and so the medicines are delivered via refrigerated camel.

Apparently it wasn't that easy to build a camel-carried refrigerator. It had to be lightweight, but also sturdy enough to survive the motion of being on the camel as well as the extreme desert conditions.

More info: ABC News, inhabitat.com



Posted By: Alex - Wed May 31, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Inventions, Medicine, Transportation, Africa

The Empire of the Sahara




In June 1903 a French sugar millionaire, one Jacques Lebaudy, a dapper little man with a sharp nose and a shrill high-pitched voice who was said to have a personal fortune of some pounds 3m, recruited a dozen Breton sailors and landed them on the coast of Spanish Morocco, commanding them to go forth and establish an empire. Lebaudy then informed the French authorities that he was henceforth to be addressed as Jacques I, Najin-al-Den, Emperor of the Sahara, Commander of the Faithful, King of Tarfaia, Duke of Arleuf and Prince of Chal-Huin.


Full account here, including his inglorious death.

Wikipedia entry here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 12, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Eccentrics, 1900s, Africa, Europe

Pinocchio In Africa





Not expecting Disney to film this sequel any time soon.

Full text here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 28, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Puppets and Automatons, Racism, Fantasy, 1910s, Africa, Europe

Wrong Car

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Similar to Alex's post of a day or two ago! How often does this kind of thing happen?

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 10, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Jokes, Africa

Jungle Yachts in the Belgian Congo



Holy cats! Look at those gorgeous weird trailers!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 15, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Design and Designers, Ethnic Groupings, Motor Vehicles, Foreign Customs, 1940s, Africa

A Giant People



Having brought you a feature on the Pygmy, I could hardly neglect the "Watussi."

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 02, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1930s, Africa

African Pygmy Thrills

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 27, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Stereotypes and Cliches, Travel, 1930s, Africa

Susanne Wenger, White Yoruban Priestess

Interview with Susanne Wenger from Jeremy Weate on Vimeo.



You know all those campy old films where explorers find a leopardskin-clad white woman ruling an African tribe? Well, while not quite the same, here's the story of Susanne Wenger, who gave up European life for Yoruban culture.

And given that Wenger was once quite a looker, maybe the Hollywood version is not so far off.

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Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 11, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, Religion, 1960s, Africa, Europe

Snake Woman

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

Ugandan Kung Fu



More information here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 31, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Martial Arts, Children, Africa

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