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.
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.