Kenyan Boy Scares Lions With Ingenuous Invention

Kenyan Boy Scares Lions With Ingenuous InventionLiving on the edge of Nairobi National Park, in Kenya, 13-year-old Richard Turere first became responsible for herding and safeguarding his family’s cattle when he was just nine. But often, his valuable livestock would be raided by the lions roaming the park’s sweet savannah grasses, leaving him to count the losses. So, at the age of 11, Turere decided it was time to find a way of protecting his family’s cows, goats and sheep from falling prey to hungry lions.

‘Simple and low-cost’

His light bulb moment came with one small observation. Turere realized that lions were afraid of venturing near the farm’s stockade when someone was walking around with a flashlight. He put his young mind to work and a few weeks later he’d come up with an innovative, simple and low-cost system to scare the predators away.

He fitted a series of flashing LED bulbs onto poles around the livestock enclosure, facing outward. The lights were wired to a box with switches and to an old car battery powered by a solar panel. They were designed to flicker on and off intermittently, thus tricking the lions into believing that someone was moving around carrying a flashlight.

‘Remarkable ingenuity’

And it worked. Since Turere rigged up his “Lion Lights,” his family has not lost any livestock to the wild beasts, to the great delight of his father and astonishment of his neighbors. What’s even more impressive is that Turere devised and installed the whole system by himself, without ever receiving any training in electronics or engineering.

The 13-year-old’s remarkable ingenuity has been recognized with an invitation to the TED 2013 conference, being held this week in California, where he’ll share the stage with some of the world’s greatest thinkers, innovators and scientists.

Were you impressed with Richard Turere’s invention? Do you think he will someday invent something even more remarkable?

Source: Teo Kermeliotis, CNN

Image: TED Blog

Kenya Mom Names Newborn Twins Barack Obama And Mitt Romney

Kenya Mom Names Newborn Twins Barack Obama And Mitt RomneyA young Kenyan mother has named her newborn twin sons after the U.S. president-elect and his defeated Republican challenger.

‘Hail our Kogelo son’

Millicent Owuor, 20, gave birth to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Wednesday at the Siaya District Hospital in southwest Kenya, according to the Standard. Owuor told the Kenyan news outlet her sons’ names will always remind her of the election in the United States. The hospital is near the village of Kogelo, where where President Barack Obama’s father was born and where his 90-year-old stepgrandmother, Sarah Obama, resides.

Jubilant residents in Kogelo cheered Obama’s victory as results from the United States were reported. Shouts of “Hail our Kogelo son” and “Obama is coming, open the road for him” rang through the air as locals blew vuvuzela horns in celebration, the Standard reports.


‘Baby Barack can meet his namesake’

Kenyans hope Obama’s re-election will harken a fresh start for a U.S. relationship with Kenya, Reuters reports. Obama visited sub-Saharan Africa just once during his first four years as president—a stop of less than a day in Ghana, according to Reuters. If Obama does visit Kenya, maybe baby Barack can meet his namesake and baby Mitt meet the U.S. president.

There’s no word yet if there have been twins named Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

If you had newborn twins on Election Day, would you also name your babies after clashing political candidates? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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