Wednesday, 18 August 2004

Here's Johnny!

The distribution of condoms to the athletes at the Athens Olympics made a number of news bulletins.

Less widely reported is a news story on the
BBC News website, provided by the BBC Hindi service.

You can read the full story on the website, but it seems that the weavers of the holy Indian city of Varanasi are getting through around 600,000 condoms a day.

Varanasi is home to the world-famous Banarasi saris, and weavers are rubbing condoms on the looms' shuttles so that they're softened by the lubricant, thus making the process of weaving faster.

There are around 150,000 to 200,000 hand and power looms in Varanasi alone and almost all are using the technique. And every loom has a daily consumption of three or four condoms.

There's an interesting little side panel in the story which lists other Unusual Uses for Condoms:

  • Villagers use them to carry water when working in fields
  • For waterproofing ceilings: condoms are spread under the cement-concrete mortar
  • They can be mixed with tar and concrete to give a smooth finish to roads
  • They can be placed over the ends of guns to protect them in desert sandstorms

Of course, they can also be.....I was tempted to end on a rather coarse note, but as I often have to remind Patsy123, this is a High Class blog.

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