Thursday, September 01, 2005

Necessity - The Mother of Invention   posted by TangoMan @ 9/01/2005 02:39:00 PM

It seems that South Africa is becoming a hotbed for inventors. Perhaps the changing social mileau has something to do with the innovative inventions springing forth from the minds of the assaulted.

Case #1: To combat the rise of car-jackings, Charles Fourie invented a flame-thrower to roast the car-jackers.

Case #2: To combat an epidemic of rape in South Africa Sonette Ehlers invented the "rapex", a device worn like a tampon.

The "rapex" hooks onto the rapist's skin, allowing the victim time to escape and helping to identify perpetrators.

"He will obviously be too pre-occupied at this stage," she told reporters in Kleinmond, a small holiday village about 100km (60 miles) east of Cape Town. "I promise you he is going to be too sore. He will go straight to hospital."

The device, made of latex and held firm by shafts of sharp barbs, can only be removed from the man through surgery which will alert hospital staff, and ultimately, the police, she said.