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Art Vandelay
01-08-2009, 11:52 PM
Bikers wear fruit shells to avoid helmet law

By Mike Oboh Mike Oboh Wed Jan 7, 9:34 am ET
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20090107/2009_01_07t144234_450x300_us_bikers_odd.jpg?x=213&y=142&xc=1&yc=1&wc=410&hc=273&q=100&sig=RdpNl_.mY7zz6LQrY_q3CA-- (http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Nigerian/photo//090107/photos_od/2009_01_07t144234_450x300_us_bikers_odd//s:/nm/20090107/od_nm/us_bikers_odd)Reuters A Nigerian motorcyclist, wearing a makeshift helmet, waits in traffic in Lagos January 7, 2009. (Akintunde





KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) Police in Nigeria have arrested scores of motorcycle taxi riders with dried fruit shells, paint pots or pieces of rubber tire tied to their heads with string to avoid a new law requiring them to wear helmets.
The regulations have caused chaos around Africa's most populous nation, with motorcyclists complaining helmets are too expensive and some passengers refusing to wear them fearing they will catch skin disease or be put under a black magic spell.
The law, which came into force on January 1, pits two factions equally feared by the common motorist against one another: erratic motorcycle taxis known as "Okadas," whose owners are notorious for road-rage, and the bribe-hungry traffic police.
Some bikers have used calabashes -- dried shells of pumpkin-sized fruit usually used as a bowl -- or pots and pans tied to their heads with string to try to dodge the rules.
Construction workers have set up a lucrative trade renting out their safety helmets for around 500 naira ($3.60) a day.
"They use pots, plates, calabashes, rubber and plastic as makeshift helmets," said Yusuf Garba, commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission in the northern town of Kano.
"We will not tolerate this. We gave them enough time to purchase helmets. Six months ago the price of helmets was below 800 naira so complaints about non-availability and high prices are no excuse," he told Reuters.
Helmet prices have since risen sharply as sellers cash in on demand.
BIKES IMPOUNDED
He said 28 arrests had been made in Kano. Newspapers have reported more arrests in other cities. Those detained are fined and their bikes impounded until they buy helmets.
There are tens of thousands of Okadas buzzing around Lagos, a chaotic city of 14 million people, many of them given to unemployed and illiterate youths as part of poverty reduction programs or on hire-purchase schemes run by businessmen.
Most have never been taught traffic rules.
Newspapers quoted passengers as saying they feared the helmets could be laced with magic spells so as to knock the wearer unconscious and make them easier to rob, while others feared they would pick up an infection.
One columnist said transportation can already carry a health risk, and recounted how he had picked up a bedbug while sitting on a bus.
"The story is that people who have scabies, craw-craw, ringworm, dandruff and all other such diseases would easily infect others with them through the helmets," Steve Nwosu wrote in the Daily Sun.
"They ironically forget that the same diseases are also deposited on, and generously transferred from, car seats and their headrests."

Sicka than aidZ
01-08-2009, 11:56 PM
rofl thats gotta be the best thread title i ever read!!

EAGLE EYE
01-09-2009, 12:30 AM
Where is Gallagher when you need him?

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Art Vandelay
01-09-2009, 12:32 AM


haha, that's fucking funny

diggy
01-09-2009, 01:38 AM
Any more pot-helmet photos?

KERZO
01-09-2009, 05:23 AM
yeah that thread title is fucking genius, had me in stitches. that fruit shell shit is funny...i would piss myself laughing if i seen someone wearing one of those.

Tage
01-09-2009, 09:12 AM
hahahahahaha

SHRAP
01-09-2009, 09:43 AM
so fruit shells cant have black magic in them? someone explain this logic

TSA
01-09-2009, 09:46 AM
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Tage
01-09-2009, 10:02 AM
so fruit shells cant have black magic in them? someone explain this logic


i think thats where the humor stems from skale..... :point:

TSA
01-09-2009, 10:26 AM
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Tage
01-09-2009, 10:28 AM
tsa... what is the fucking point? your turning into annunaki

TSA
01-09-2009, 11:13 AM
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Rex Lawson > Sex.

The Hound
01-09-2009, 11:19 AM
LOL

you guys haven't seen aything until you see a hat made out of a watermelon

it's tradition to sit in 40 degree heat with a watermelon hat at the cricket

TSA
01-09-2009, 11:32 AM
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01-09-2009, 11:43 AM
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TSA
01-09-2009, 11:45 AM
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cutn' heads
01-09-2009, 11:45 AM
im rocking my fruit shell right now...

Art Vandelay
01-09-2009, 11:57 AM
TSA making himself a helmet...









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TSA
01-09-2009, 01:12 PM
with a taco? it would never fit a human head as head gear. Maybe a head band if your cuts are correct but that's about it. Your posts are out of control,
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man

Art Vandelay
01-09-2009, 01:19 PM
that's a taco? i thought that was some sort of fruit like an orange or something. didn't realize that was the taco shell. thought that was an orange or grapefruit peal.


oh shit, you e-destroyed me again

TSA
01-09-2009, 01:22 PM
how did that e-destroy you? lol i destroyed you in real life, you did the e part with your no fancying

but yeah, it's a taco, everyone thinks its an orange cause i eat tacos wierd (no hedro)

I put my finger in between so that the contents don't spill out. (no homo)

11th Chamber
01-09-2009, 01:26 PM
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that would scare the shit out of me to see that out my window

TSA
01-09-2009, 01:39 PM
hahhhahahahahahahaha

skampoe is fearless
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Art Vandelay
01-09-2009, 05:09 PM
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Dokuro
01-09-2009, 06:15 PM
yah the nigirian are back

Art Vandelay
01-10-2009, 08:25 AM
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Art Vandelay
01-10-2009, 10:18 AM
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Art Vandelay
01-10-2009, 11:37 AM
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Art Vandelay
05-23-2010, 10:03 PM
oh shit, this was too funny.

Dr. Simon Hurt
05-23-2010, 10:25 PM
hahahahahahahaha
the thread title is too much
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