Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Donkeypedia – dumb ass idea

Donkeypedia is my favourite ‘crap’ European project. How could a social networking initiative, led by a donkey, get through any procurement process? It takes a sort of mad genius to dream up such a useless idea, then convince budget holders to hand over the loot (7 million Euros).

The site looks like a spoof, but no, they really have spent 7 million Euros to send a donkey around Europe with a solar panel, video camera and GPS, for marking images and videos on a map. It was meant to foster European identity by reporting on its findings. Talking out of your ass, I presume.

But the project, I hear, has run into problems in certain countries. In one Spanish village, the locals wanted to throw it off the church tower and it was almost eaten (as a delicacy) in Romania. Then, in the UK, it was mistakenly rescued by NEDDI (New European Distressed Donkey Initiative). Yes folks, this organisation also exists.

Donkey Divide

There is, apparently, a follow up project mapping the number of donkeys that have online access across Europe. Exposing the ‘Donkey Divide’ has become a European imperative, after discovering that the ‘donkey’ presence on the web was significant, but largely confined to hardcore porn sites. This has led to a separate organisation being set up (REDFIST) Rescuing European Donkeys From International Sex Trafficking.


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Blogger Francis said...

How, how, how can you actually spend 7 million on this? I mean,what was being bought?

7:54 PM  
Blogger Donald Clark said...

The cost of hay has gone through the roof, apparently.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Francis said...

I suppose there's the cost of the donkey sanctuary when it retires.

6:52 AM  
Blogger Donald Clark said...

And the full salary pension.

Met Clive Shepherd in the train today who thought whole post was a spoof!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Garry Platt said...

Don't dis the donkey Donald!

3:15 PM  
Blogger magz said...

This is the sort of thing that reconciles us with mankind!!! Long live futility!!!

2:43 AM  
Anonymous Rina said...

Now I know that I am not too off the mark when frustration hits me hard on things that feel, look and are unfair, stupid and insane. Loved this! Thanks Donald...

8:39 AM  
Blogger Alan Nelson said...

I checked back at the top of this comment to make sure it wasn't posted on 1st April! Having said that I have been involved in Eurpoean projects that make me believe in this - one I got ousted from becasue I kept asking who was going to use it and why. At least this is a laugh!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how this misunderstanding got into the world. The Donkey project didn't get 7 million. It got their subsidy out of a 7 million budget which probably went to dozens of projects.

4:37 AM  

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