With the funding (and street cred) secured, the project pledged to install 4,000 PlayPumps by 2010, providing clean drinking water to 10 million Africans.
"Step 8: Repeat steps 1-7 to get those kids some water too."
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
In order to meet the projected numbers, children would have had to "play" on the merry-go-rounds non-stop for 27 hours a day. Which you may recognize as A.) Impossible and B.) Some pretty messed up foreshadowing. Adults assigned kids strict play schedules, paid them meager wages to "play," or simply threw their hands up and spun the goddamned things themselves. And that's when the PlayPump's true weakness came to light: Remove childhood exuberance from the equation, and the device was just plain exhausting to operate. Spinning it like a madman produced the sad stream of a 70-year-old with prostate problems: