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Condom facts: 10 Totally Crazy Things You Didn't Know about Condoms
May 16, 2016
Condom facts: 10 Totally Crazy Things You Didn't Know about Condoms

1) Condoms aren’t one size fits all

A stroll down the condom aisle at your local pharmacy might lead you to think that condoms only come in two sizes: “regular” and “large.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. Most people don’t realize that you can actually buy condoms in three different sizes: smaller condomsstandard condoms and larger condoms. If you hate condoms, you might just not be using the right size.


2) Condoms aren’t anything new

While condoms have definitely improved over the last century, the first known claim to the use of condoms is actually depicted in a cave painting in Grotte des Combarrelles in France, which is estimated to be between 12,000 and 15,000 years old.


3) Condoms are used in musical theatre

And no, we’re not referring to what goes on at those rollicking closing night cast parties. Cats, was the first Broadway show to experiment with condoms (for technical use), to protect body microphone receivers from perspiration. As of 1997, the long running musical had reportedly used and disposed of approximately 49,000 condoms.


4) The average condom can hold close to a gallon of liquid.

That’s without a penis inside it, but still - it’s nice to know that when it comes to holding in liquids, condoms have got you covered.


5) Condoms are great for protecting your weapon - in more ways than one

Soldiers used condoms during the Second World War, to cover the barrels of their rifles (and no, this isn’t a euphemism.) When soldiers had to swim to the shore after being in salt water, the condoms helped to keep their weapons intact and rust free.


6) Women buy close to half of all condoms

Think guys are the only ones purchasing condoms? Nope! About 40% of condom sales are attributed to women - a sign that women are being proactive about their sexual health (which, is not only smart - it’s sexy).


7) Rubber tires inspired the modern condom.

Charles Goodyear's rubber vulcanization process led to the first rubber condom being produced in 1855, hence the reason why present-day latex condoms are sometimes called "rubbers.”


8) Condoms used to be made of animal intestines... among other things

The world's oldest surviving condom dates back to 1640 and is on display in an Austrian museum. This Swedish condom is made of pig intestine and was said to be soaked in warm milk prior to use to ensure it was disease free. Other ancient condoms were made of oiled silk paper, animal bladders, tortoise shells, fish skin, and animal horns. Shudder.


9) Around 87 condoms are used each second on Valentine's Day in the US

Valentine’s Day really lives up to it’s title of National Condom Day.


10) You can have great sex with a condom

If you’re using the proper condom size and lube, the old excuse that “condoms don’t feel good” doesn’t apply. In fact,  surveys show that couples were just as satisfied with sex whether or not they were using condoms. Throw in the fact that condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy and make sex ten-thousands of times safer, you really have no excuse not to wrap it up.