11 CONDOM Uses




Condoms have been used for at least 400 years. Since the 19th century, they have been one of the most popular methods of contraception in the world.
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Whether condoms were used in ancient civilizations is debated by archaeologists and historians. In ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, pregnancy prevention was generally seen as a woman's responsibility, and the only well documented contraception methods were female-controlled devices. In Asia before the 15th century, some use of glans condoms (devices covering only the head of the penis) is recorded. Condoms seem to have been used for contraception, and to have been known only by members of the upper classes. In China, glans condoms may have been made of oiled silk paper, or of lamb intestines. In Japan, they were made of tortoise shell or animal horn.
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The German military was the first to promote condom use among its soldiers, beginning in the later 19th century. Early 20th century experiments by the American military concluded that providing condoms to soldiers significantly lowered rates of sexually transmitted diseases. During World War I, the United States and (at the beginning of the war only) Britain were the only countries with soldiers in Europe who did not provide condoms and promote their use.

In 1839, Charles Goodyear discovered a way of processing natural rubber, which is too stiff when cold and too soft when warm, in such a way as to make it elastic. This proved to have advantages for the manufacture of condoms; unlike the sheep's gut condoms, they could stretch and did not tear quickly when used. The rubber vulcanization process was patented by Goodyear in 1844. The first rubber condom was produced in 1855. The earliest rubber condoms had a seam and were as thick as a bicycle inner tube. Besides this type, small rubber condoms covering only the glans were often used in England and the United States. There was more risk of losing them and if the rubber ring was too tight, it would constrict the penis. This type of condom was the original "capote" (French for condom), perhaps because of its resemblance to a woman's bonnet worn at that time, also called a capote.




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For many decades, rubber condoms were manufactured by wrapping strips of raw rubber around penis-shaped molds, then dipping the wrapped molds in a chemical solution to cure the rubber.  In 1912, Polish inventor Julius Fromm developed a new, improved manufacturing technique for condoms: dipping glass molds into a raw rubber solution. Called cement dipping, this method required adding gasoline or benzene to the rubber to make it liquid. Latex, rubber suspended in water, was invented in 1920. Latex condoms required less labor to produce than cement-dipped rubber condoms, which had to be smoothed by rubbing and trimming. The use of water to suspend the rubber instead of gasoline and benzene eliminated the fire hazard previously associated with all condom factories. Latex condoms also performed better for the consumer: they were stronger and thinner than rubber condoms, and had a shelf life of five years (compared to three months for rubber).

Until the twenties, all condoms were individually hand-dipped by semiskilled workers. Throughout the decade of the 1920s, advances in the automation of the condom assembly line were made. The first fully automated line was patented in 1930. Major condom manufacturers bought or leased conveyor systems, and small manufacturers were driven out of business. The skin condom, now significantly more expensive than the latex variety, became restricted to a niche high-end market


The Many Uses of Condom:
  • Water storage container.  During times of emergency situations for survival, did you know that condoms can be used to hold or store water? Condoms are like balloons that can carry gallons of waters each. There is a need to be very careful in handling water-filled condoms, however.
  • Underwater microphone protector.  A microphone to be used for an underwater recording could be put inside a condom. This would make the microphone water-proof. The technique has already been in use in the recording industry. In fact, many recording studios and stage performers buy non-lubricated condoms wholesale to protect their microphones during transit and storage.
  • Soil examinations containers.  Condoms would be used to store soil samples. Doing so would help prevent the sample from becoming unnecessarily moist. Such a practice also makes soil sample collection easier especially when storage factors are considered. The condom helps with protection from the elements.
  • Water balloon fights. If your roommate or friend tries to stage a surprise ambush on you, and you don’t have any balloon ammunition, reaching into your nightstand and using a few condoms as emergency backup can be extremely handy.
  • Unfortunately, many smugglers think they can use condoms to smuggle goods. How do they do that? Well, the goods would be placed inside a condom before being sealed by tying the knot. The condoms are then typically swallowed and carried internally. This practice is prevalent for smugglers crossing territorial borders. However, the technique is extremely dangerous and deadly. If ever the condom would break or tear apart inside the body, the smuggler could instantly die of a possible deadly drug overdose.
  • Protection in dangerous waters.  In South Africa, travelers wear condoms so that when they immerse into the water, they would not be attacked by candiru. Candiru are very small catfish varieties that are attracted very much to urine and blood. When travelers use condoms, the very small catfish types would not be able to sense the urine and get inside the body to get to the urethra.
  • To make fire!  How to make fire using a condom you ask?  I asked myself the same question.  Uhm, just watch the video.. it isn't very long.

  • Condom stress reliever.  You can make your own stress balls using condoms as demonstrated in the next video below.




  • Bicycle handle grips.
  • Use as a bobber when fishing
  • Put them on soda cans to keep the fizz in when you're not drinking it.
  • Bandage protection during showers.  Condoms are very stretchable, and they make an ideal covering that will allow you to take a shower while keeping your bandage/injury water-free! It's easy and effective! Just cut the end off the condom and you will be able to stretch it over the bandaged area as shown in the video below.
  • Soldiers use them to keep dust and water out of gun barrels. 
  • In some Film and Television industry, they use condoms for gun shots wounds - filling them with red liquid and connecting explosives to them! Ouch!

  • To keep the flower stems in water.
  • To waterproof your cell phone.


Resourceful Uses Internationally:

  • In Cuba, during the snapper season, fishermen would tie inflated condoms to a strand of fishing line with a baited hook and as soon as it hit the surface, the current would pull the white, rubbery apparatus out to sea. The line would be let out from a homemade wooden spool. With a good breeze, the floating condoms can carry the hook hundreds of meters out into deeper waters, far beyond casting distance.  When the fish takes the hook, the line pulls free and they would reel the fish in. 
  • Budget-minded Cuban men have also learned to fill them with rum, like wineskins, and sneak them past the bouncers in their underwear. “If you only have $7 and the club has a $5 entry fee, you don’t have any money left over for drinks,” said Felo, a 24-year-old Havana resident. “So you pay the $5, and once you’re inside, you buy a can of cola for $1. You drink half, then go to the bathroom, open the condom, and pour the rum into the can.”
  • Other uses are still more obscure. Cuba’s pigeon coop hobbyists like to clip the condoms into flexible rings they can use to tie messages to the legs of their messenger birds. Makers of homemade Cuban moonshine — another lucrative black-market business here — use them as gauges on their distillery jugs. They know the fermentation process is complete once the condom swells to a certain size. Other Havana residents said they’re useful for keeping their money dry when they go swimming at the beach.

  • In Ethiopia DKT International, an American family planning and anti-AIDS charity, joined with Ethiopia’s Zalef Fine Art and Fashion Design Institute to organize the “Condom Clothes Fashion Show” at the Addis Ababa Hilton. Models took to the runway wearing ten dresses made entirely out of a total of 10,000 brightly colored condoms. Accessories included hats, table flowers, and even decorative lollypops. Under the slogan “Abstain, Be Faithful and Use Condoms,” the show was designed to shatter taboos and make condom use appear acceptable and even fun, if not necessarily fashionable.
"Sensation" coffee condoms
Would you like a coffee with that condom?  Coffee is the national drink of Ethiopia and a source of tremendous pride. So back in September of 2007, DKT introduced the world’s first coffee-flavored condom (complete with milk and sugar) to Ethiopia under the “Sensation” brand as a way of counteracting frequent complaints about the bitter latex smell of normal varieties. The macchiato-flavored “coffee condoms” are sold in the cafés of Addis Ababa and cost 1 birr for a three-pack, making them one of the cheapest brands on the market. The charity reported selling 300,000 in its first week.
  • In India, Sari weavers put the condoms on their thread spools. The lubricant on the prophylactics rubs off on the thread, making it move faster through the sewing machines.
  • Sari makers also turn the condom's inside out, place them on their fingers and use the high-quality lubricant to polish gold and silver threads used in the traditional Indian women's outfits. India manufactures more than 1 billion condoms annually to check population growth and curb the spread of HIV/AIDS.
  • Of the 891 million condoms meant to be handed out free, a considerable proportion were acquired by road-building contractors who mixed them with concrete and tar and used the mixture to construct roads, rendering road surfaces smooth and resistant to cracks.
  • Builders spread a bed of condoms beneath cement plastering on roofs, ingeniously preventing water seepage during the monsoon rains.

  • In Mozambique, the children bunch together several condoms and put them over each other, then fill them with air, tie them up with raffia and cover them with rags sewn together to make a soft, light, sturdy ball. They're easy to make and don't cost alot of money.
    The condoms are sometimes those their mothers get from health facilities when they go to family planning meetings; afraid that their husbands might find the condoms in their purses, they often give them to their children to make toys.
    
    More often the children get the free condoms from health facilities and places where the prophylactics displayed at the entrance and there is no one controlling who actually takes them.





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Bungee jumper uses 30m condom rope

A bungee jumper took the plunge using a rope made out of condoms - which luckily worked without splitting or snapping.
Veteran jumper Carl Dionisio said he created the unusual 30-metre rope to recreate "the virgin buzz" of his very first bungee.
But he admitted that he was in a state of panic leading up to the jump, fearing the latex rope might let him down.

Portuguese-born Carl carried out the jump in his adopted home city of Durban in South Africa, 15 years after his first bungee.

He said he and friend Michael "Sniper" Xaba soent four months making the rope out of 18,500 condoms.
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HUGE BRAND CONDOMS: THE MALE ANSWER TO THE PUSH-UP BRA

Aside from the increased protection against sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancy, HUGE Brand condoms offer something more. The clever twist to this edgy new brand is that the condoms are actually standard size; it’s the packages that are larger. In fact, one of the company’s tongue-in-cheek slogans is, “The condom with the slightly larger package.”
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