Filed Under (General) by Rob on 10-12-2009

Yesterday, I got one of these for my house:


I’d never seen or heard of such a thing until I came to Mali, but when I heard a colleague was selling hers, I jumped at the chance!

So, QUIZ TIME – what is is called and what does it do? Finally, why did we never have (or need) one in Benin?? Answers please…

Folk who have lived in this part of Africa may not answer (but let’s have some good educated guesses from everyone else!


7 Comments posted on "Name the mystery object"
anne on December 10th, 2009 at 9:01 am #

lloks like a pantry, (old fashioned fridge)

Paul Morriss on December 10th, 2009 at 11:15 am #

It looks like a weather station, but I don’t suppose you’d have one of those indoors. Air conditioner?

Hilary on December 10th, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

At first I thought it was a fruit dryer, but since I have one here in Benin (not looking much like that, to be honest) I don’t think it can be. (And I can hardly say I *need* the fruit dryer!)
PS I like being able to see you taking the photo in the photo!

Reggie on December 10th, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

It’s a giant mosquito blaster.

Or maybe an electronic beehive.

Stephen Plummer on December 11th, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

It’s a basic air conditioning unit. You open up a little door and shovel ice into a metal basket. The plug powers a fan at the rear of the machine that proceeds to blow cool air into the room…obvious!! 🙂

Charlie Rawlings on December 17th, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

I think it’s a mosquito trap
don’t ask why…
random guess…

Rob on December 20th, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

Stephen was closest – it’s called a SWAMP COOLER. I’ll post something about how it works in the future!