20) Nigeria: Bikers' vegetable helmets

BBC News [UK]

"Motorcyclists in Nigeria have been wearing dried pumpkin shells on

their heads to dodge new laws forcing them to wear helmets,

authorities have said. Officials in the northern city of Kano said

they had stopped several people with 'improvised helmets,' following

this month's introduction of the law. Road safety officials said

calabash-wearers would be prosecuted. Thousands of motorbikes have

been impounded around the country and drivers have staged

protests. ... 'We are impounding their bikes and want to take them to

court so they can explain why they think wearing a calabash is good

enough for their safety,' [Kano Federal Road Safety Commission

commander Yusuf Garba] said." (01/06/09)