China's great leap forward into modernity hasn't always been neat and clean, so why should sweeping city streets be any different? Take these homemade street sweeping machines, for instance. They're lean, green, and they keep the streets clean. So what if they look like a wicker whirlpool designed by the Professor from Gilligan's Island?
China's big, REAL big. It's not small, no, no... OK, sorry about that, I shouldn't write and eat breakfast at the same time. Where was I? Ah yes, China. Big country, lots of roads, and even more being built to accommodate the fleets of shiny new cars China's citizens are buying like hotcakes – or the Chinese equivalent thereof.
Naturally these streets need to be cleaned, yet items like shiny new street sweeping machines tend to slip through the cracks in the latest Five Year Plan. What to do? If you're a Chinese chap (or chapette), you use what materials you have at hand along with a dash of ingenuity. The result, in this case at least, is this:
It may not be elegant but it gets the job done. Even better, the contraption is certainly quieter and MUCH cheaper than a newfangled dedicated Street Sweeping vehicle, and replacing worn parts is as easy as visiting the nearest grove of bamboo.
Did I mention that this Rotating Shuriken of Buzz Saw Broom-bosity is environmentally friendly? Forget the scrap heap, just toss the used broom parts on, er, under the barbeque!
Judging from differences in the various photos displayed here, the concept of a spinning 20-broom street sweeper has caught on in various Chinese towns and cities. We're not sure if it has an actual name but my choice is “Son Of A Witch”. (via Gigazine)