If you listen to the show, and specifically to Kim's Corner, you'll know I do a rather cool feature called Youngblood 5. It's 5FM's way of giving back to the community, and helping awesome causes in SA.
Obviously, being Women's Month and all, i focused on some rather spectacular women. Each of them has survived and fought to make SA a better country. And they've made incredibly positive things come out of trauma and difficulty.
First up, there's Hip Op Granny, Aggie Hatrick, wife of Jerry Hatrick. She's a cool old bird who needs help for her pals at Rand Aid Retirement home in Edenvale. Full of spunk! Become her friend on facebook to find out more about Rand Aid, and her, and follow her on twitter for her hilarious quips.
I then spoke to a young woman who really proves how big the human heart can be. Kirsty Watts was only 14 when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Even though she was going through weeks of chemo, radiation and invasive operations, she looked at the other kids around her and wanted to help them. And so the Kirsty watts Foundation was born, Kids Helping Kids! Check out all the amazing work Kirst and her foundation do!
Speaking to Jes Foord probably welled up the most emotional response I've had to any of the causes I've featured on YB5. At only 23, she has turned around the horrifying experience of being gang raped in front of her father, into a safe, comforting place for rape survivors. Having been through the experience, she knows exactly what kind of help a woman needs after being raped, and has created a haven for survivors to go to. Find out more about her incredible work here.
Our last amazing lady to be featured in August is Leanne Opperman, who started Krazee for Kripples. She suffers from one of the rare forms of muscular dystrophy. Despite her limitations, Leanne is a total adrenaline junky, and sees no reason why people in wheelchairs can't jump out of planes and drift 'round race tracks! And while she's doing her crazy stunts, she's raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. Check out her Facebook page.
To find a cause that you'd like to put your heart into, check out 5FM's Youngblood 5 page.
PEOPLE GETTING STUCK. IN STUFF.
A burglar, who’d just been released on parole, broke into a pizza parlour by cracking his way into the air vents. Problem was the air vent was not only too small, but rather greasy and grimy. He fell through a section of the duct RIGHT above the deep-fryer, but luckily (or unluckily) he got stuck dangling above it. He was re-arrested, covered in grease. And nor doubt, shaaaame.
18 People who got stuck on a roller-coaster...
A roller-coaster in China left 18 people hanging when strong winds caused the roller-coaster to stop dead on its tracks. How could this get worse? They were stuck upside down... They were stuck for HLAF AN HOUR - only 6 of them threw up. The wind activated a safety mechanism on the track, which is why the coaster braked.
Wheelchair-bound Ben Carpenter has muscular dystrophy, and was crossing an intersection in his home town of Paw Paw. (Near Detroit) The light turned green in the opposite direction while he was crossing, and he was hit, and his handles stuck in the grille of a semi-trailer. The truck dragged him along for a few kms at 50mph. He was unharmed, and his wheelchair was only injured on its tyres - most of the rubber burnt off.
Bashfully Stuck in Mud
A Chinese man was stuck in mud up to his waist in a river on night. He had a cell phone. He was just too embarrassed to call for help! He tried getting out himself for FOUR hours, before giving up and calling out to some passing fishermen. It took emergency services another SEVEN hours to remove him. The firemen who helped him all stripped down to their jocks to get him out. But he was still to embarrassed to remove his own trousers to they could have an easier time getting him out...
Another Chinese man managed to get his arm stuck in a toilet after dropping his phone inside. Rescue workers found him crouched over the loo, with his entire arm submerged up to the shoulder in the drain. They had to break the bowl, and safely removed him from after ten minutes. His arm was a bit cut and bruised.
A prisoner in jail in the Mexican city of Valle Hermoso tried to escape on New years eve. He wanted to go the simple route of squeezing himself through the gap between the roof of the prison and the bars of his cell. He ended up completely stuck, and hanging upside down. Laughing guards came to his rescue and cut him free with a chainsaw, before locking him up again.
Mustafa Danger is a extreme motorcyclist - mostly doing stunts on high-wires. He got stuck 610ft in the air during a world-record attempt. He was planning on doing a 1640ft crossing without a safety net in Benidorm resort, Spain. Turns out, he just froze with fear just feet away from the end. He did try again, and succeeded.
Stuck in the Loo
A French Grandmother accidentally broke the lock to her bathroom, and spent a month knocking on the door screaming for help. She survived on tap water, before neighbours realised they hadn’t seen her in a while.
RIDICULOUS PATENTS [KC 12 JAN 2011 WED]
Self Spanking Machine
If you quite enjoy a bit of spanking but are too shy to ask your partner (or if you can’t find one) this is the PERFECT contraption for you! This arrangement requires no external power source, just some rotation of the crank and your butt at the right place. Wind it up and kick yourself in the arse!
(Invented by Joe W. Armstrong in 2001)
This “self-contained recirculating toilet system” attempts to filter out all the nasty stuff you want to flush away, to return (what would still be brown) water to the tank. Although possibly useful to places that are seriously in drought, you’ll get a lot more with a flourishing colony of bacteria. Not to mention the delightful smell...
(Invented by Thetlord Corporation in 1971)
This contraption will no doubt remind you of our much-‘loved’ Hannibal Lecter. But Lucy L. Barmby (in 1982) invented this little beauty a year before Thomas Harris created the character. Once worn, this device can be locked with a padlock preventing removal. Non-cannibal-prone uses include treatment of obesity. And as a defensive weapon during a zombie apocalypse.
Masturbation is dirty, dirty, dirty. And in 1908, Ellen E. Perkins had had enough of teenage self-fondling and wanted to bring it to a permanent end! In the inventor’s own words, “It is a deplorable but well known fact that one of the most common causes of insanity, imbecility and feeble mindedness, especially in youth is due to masturbation or self abuse”. There’s a perforated plate at the front so any ‘self-abusers’ can still pee, but still blocks “all avenues of pleasure”.
Child Birth Centrifuge
Childbirth has always been known to be a complex and dangerous process. This spinning, medieval centrifuge would see a woman tied in tightly, then rotated - much like the G-Force test done on astronauts. The centrifugal forces are supposed to the ease the delivery because, as the inventor puts it, modern women do not have the opportunity to develop the vaginal muscles needed to propel the baby out. Gee, thanks.
(Invented by George and Charlotte Blonsky in 1963)