Jan 12

Government Spent $224,863 On “Custom-Fit” Condoms (ZeroHedge, Jan 11, 2014):

Money well-spent, we are sure some would suggest; but when the National Institute of Health spends $224,863 to test 95 “custom-fitted” condoms so every hard-working American man can choose the one that fits ‘just right’, we suggest the government is stretching the tax dollar a little too far. As NY Post reports, the study was prompted by concern that despite the wide-scale promotion of latex condoms to help prevent the spread of HIV, their use remains “disappointingly low,” because, the government says, one-third to one-half of men complain of poor-fitting prophylactics and are less likely to use them… apparently. Of course, we assume, when questioned, all said the condom was ‘too small’.

Via NY Post,

The NIH blames US “regulatory guidelines” for American men having to choose from a “narrow range of condom sizes.”

The six-figure grant was awarded to TheyFit of Covington, Ga., which offers a wide variety of condoms that vary in length — from a bit more than 3 inches to nearly 9 ¹/? — and in width.

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May 15

Humpday Humor: The Rise Of China’s Counterfeit Condoms (ZeroHedge, May 15, 2015):

Fake iPhones – who cares? Fake Gucci handbags – spread the wealth? But fake condoms is going too far. As China Daily reports, a underground workshop producing fake brand-name condoms was busted after police found clues on an online marketplace. Police confiscated more than 2 million bogus condoms labeled Jissbon, Durex and Contex. While a knock-off prophylactic is priced at 1 yuan (16 cents), it costs less than 0.2 yuan to produce.

In February, police noticed that prices of brand-name condoms were unreasonably low on one online store, and they bought some products (just to check we are sure). As Bloomberg adds, in April, public health authorities from Ghana impounded more than 1 million substandard condoms, many of them imported from China. “When we tested these condoms, we found that they are poor quality, can burst in the course of sexual activity, and have holes which expose the users to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.”

The production of the fake condoms was so simple that the 50-square-meter workshop could produce 20,000 counterfeits a day. Continue reading »

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Feb 18

See also:

And Now: iPhone Confession App – ‘Forgive Me iPhone, For I Have Sinned’

NSA Turns to Smart Phones For Recruitment

How Your Smartphone is Keeping Track of You: Apps Secretly Monitor Users

Big Brother iPhone Patriot App Turns Users Into Government Spies


NEW YORK (Reuters) – Need a condom? There’s an app for that.

The New York City Health Department on Monday unveiled a smartphone application that will help users locate the nearest place in the area giving out free condoms.

“We want New York City to be the safest city in the world to have sex,” said Dr. Monica Sweeney, the city’s assistant health commissioner. “A lot of people come here for that, so we want them to practice safer sex.”

The application, available for download on the iPhone and Android phones, taps into the city’s database of over 1,000 different locations which offer free condoms.

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