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110-year-old condoms made from the swim bladders of fish.?The?oldest condoms ever found?were dug up in the cesspit ? or big toilet ? of Dudley Castle, an English ruin, in 1985. Made of fish and animal intestine, the condoms were most likely dropped into the cesspit sometime in the mid 17th century. The condoms were only able to survive thanks to the fetid, airless environment of the castle toilet, which prevented the growth of bacteria.

Condoms to the Rescue

“Don’t forget ? Put it On Before You Put it In”

Throughout history, people have used everything from seaweed to sheep intestines in order to prevent pregnancy, when all they really wanted to do was get laid. In the United States, it wasn?t until World War II that condoms were finally embraced as the pleasure devices they really are. Thanks to Uncle Sam, American troops were given condoms to keep them healthy while enjoying the action overseas, so to speak.

The condom has been known as the wetsuit, the rubber, the jimmy, and even the nightcap. The utilisation of condoms for various purposes has led to its dynamic development into the conventional latex type that is widely used today. Condoms have been a subject of curiosity throughout history. The idea of safer sex has been explored in ancient and modern history and has been used to prevent venereal diseases. From Ancient Greeks to wartime procedures, condoms have been deployed in pursuit of contraceptive measures as well as presentation of an individual in public hierarchy. Exploring the humble and primitive beginnings of this object and its evolution with time allows us to observe and appreciate the medical knowledge of the civilisations that have preceded the modern world today.

By the end of the 1940s, the condom had outlasted?an act of Congress, which reinforced social stigmas and drove users to the black market, to become the safe-sex staple, the king of the contraceptive industry. And yet its packaging remained opaque, its purpose shrouded in secrecy, a product whose intended use was only indirectly suggested.?So how did the condom go from contraband to federally-issued necessity without anyone ever talking about sex?

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Coke + Nutella + Mentos + Durex world record

I think Italy is the current record holder. Of what, exactly, I am not sure.


Protect yourself

Labour have announced they are going to fund Plunket to look at targeting at risk kids before they are born.

They would have been far better to invest the money in this initiative.

Condoms on Demand, new Durex iOS app in Dubai

Boing Boing reports that Durex has launched an iOS app to help surreptitiously?deliver you a johnny in the event you get caught short.

Who knew there was such a demand for frangas in Dubai?


There are many layers of WTF in the apparent news that?Durex is launching an emergency condom delivery?service?application for Apple devices, and doing so only in the Muslim, culturally conservative, city-state/emirate of?Dubai. That’s right. Dubai. Here’s?a promo video:

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Best ad ever

? Andrew Sullivan

On Sunday it was Fathers Day in the US and this was an advert run nationwide:


Flippin’ it up for free

Colin Craig has decided to back his assertions about the promiscuity of Kiwi women with a Durex survey. That is about as reliable as his poll in Rodney before the election.

Last night, Mr Craig released the international research he based the claim on – including a survey of behaviour such as one-night stands by an academic at Bradley University in which NZ came second to Finland. Another was the 2007 Durex Global Sex Survey of 26,000 people nationwide, which found NZ women had an average of 20.4 sexual partners – well above the global average of 7.3.

But I am really struggling to understand how knowing our women are promiscuous is a problem. Is it even a problem? It really should be a secret given?the?man drought, we certainly don’t want the world knowing this information.

I’ve heard that the Thai government is really mad because they expect a massive drop off sex tours now that people know Kiwi birds flip it up for free.


Desecrating an Aria?

? NZ Herald

Some people are outraged over the silliest things:

A Mozart aficionado who claimed an ad for a Durex sex product was “desecrating a beautiful aria” has had their complaint dismissed by the Advertising Standards Authority.

The television ad for Durex’s two-in-one sexual lubricant and Play Vibrations sex toy featured a montage of women experiencing sexual pleasure with partners and on their own, set to the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute.

The products were shown as a voiceover said: “Durex two-in-one lubricant and Play Vibrations. You’ll hit the right note.”

The ad screened after 9.30pm in the month before Valentine’s Day.

The authority received a number of complaints about the ad, including that it was “verging on pornography”, encouraged sex among young girls, over-emphasised the thrill of sex, and was “desecrating a beautiful aria”.

If you are wanting desecration of Mozart them you can’t go past Lady Gaga and Bad Romance:

Stupid is as Stupid Does

If you are going to rob a chemist shop for drugs make sure you don’t have any distinctive features like……

Ginger Hair!!!!! I can’t believe the paper even used the description “Strawberry Blonde”….its bloody ginger and its weird.

The pharmacy staff were surprised when the strawberry blond or ginger haired robber burst in through the Trafalgar Street side door entrance, just as the pharmacy was about to close

I bet they were surprised….I do a double take every time I see a Ginga. Perhaps the Greens will ban Gingas….oh wait