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COKE IS EVIL - AUGUST 11, 2003

 

Xixo spoke long and earnestly to the baboon and explained, that is an evil thing you've got there, and it brought much unhappiness to my family and it will surely bring much unhappiness to yours unless you give it back to me and let me throw it away. He spoke so earnestly that the baboon began to take note and dropped the evil thing. He said, that is a very wise thing you have done.

 

Recent concerns about the presence of harmful pesticides and carcinogens in bottles of Coca-Cola and other popular sodas, reminded me of the last time I came across such hoopla over a bottle of Coke. Xixo, a bushman in the Kalahari finds his otherwise very peaceful tribe, fighting and quarreling over an empty Coke bottle that someone threw off an airplane. His fellow tribesmen, who had never seen anything like it before, seem to find use for the bottle in every possible domestic chore. Everyone seems to want to own it and this leads to the first signs of capitalism in the tribe. Xixo decides that the bottle is positively evil and sets out on a journey to the edge of the earth to throw the bottle away. 

 

The Gods Must Be Crazy is the story of Xixo's experiences with civilization and technology. It is extremely funny and very different from any other movie I have ever seen. N!xau, a real life bushman from the Namibian Kalahari plays the roles of Xixo. It is believed that his performance in the movie is all natural. It is really sad that N!xau died recently. Read this interesting article about him.

 

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I clicked this picture early last month at The Cascades in Giles County, Virginia. I have used a brown-black dutone to give it this special effect.

 

 

 

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