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African boy invents windmill - great story

by grimgraphix / October 1, 2009 2:21 AM PDT

Stories like this inspire !

The extraordinary true story of a Malawian teenager who transformed his village by building electric windmills out of junk is the subject of a new book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

His against-all-odds achievements are all the more remarkable considering he was forced to quit school aged 14 because his family could no longer afford the $80-a-year (

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"Necessity is the mother of invention"
by Angeline Booher / October 1, 2009 3:49 AM PDT

Which could explain his initial motivation, but not how he was able to overcome what must have been numerous set- backs. There is no doubt he is quite gifted, and has a great thirst for knowledge.

It is a very inspiring story.

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what a shame
by oldie and goody / October 1, 2009 5:48 AM PDT

no one that heard of his having to leave school even bothered to help him further his education. Imagine what he could do with some college Happy

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He is in his 20s now
by grimgraphix / October 1, 2009 5:54 AM PDT
In reply to: what a shame

Let us hope that some part of the profits from the book go to further the young mans' education.

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My wife loved it
by Steven Haninger / October 1, 2009 7:10 AM PDT

I think she knows something about bidets in Europe as well. I'll have her give you a call to talk about wiping oneself afterwards. Just let me know when you'll be eating. Grin

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(NT) she has a windmill with a bidet? :-)
by jonah jones / October 1, 2009 7:54 AM PDT
In reply to: My wife loved it
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Just might
by Steven Haninger / October 1, 2009 8:12 AM PDT

she never throws anything away Happy

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by James Denison / October 1, 2009 9:42 AM PDT
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by grimgraphix / October 1, 2009 9:48 AM PDT
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(NT) He's on Jon Stewart tonight
by JP Bill / October 7, 2009 1:02 PM PDT
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Watch the interview here... very well spoken
by grimgraphix / October 8, 2009 2:26 AM PDT

His comment about being exposed to new technologies, and especially his comment about Google is both funny and mindful of the fact that a lot of people on this planet have no idea what the human race is doing. It's no wonder many folks still believe in magic and such.

Really worth watching ! Happy
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