9 Eyebrow-Raising Condom Facts Most People Don't Know

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Condom Facts

We all know that condoms are also nicknamed jimmies. But did you know they're also called scumbags? Did you know people in the past had to use condoms made from pigs' intestines? Also, contrary to popular belief, 40% of condom sales are thanks to proactive women who take responsibility for their sexual health. Here are some more strange facts about the world's most beloved barrier method of contraception – the condom.

Who doesn’t love condoms? These phallus-shaped latex sacks have become an indisposable part of our ‘safe sex’ toolkit over the years. They are 98 percent effective in keeping those enthusiastic sperms from making you pregnant, and also reduce the risks of possible STD exchanges and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission.1 They do all this without interfering with your hormones, menstrual timelines, and egg production and without affecting your partner’s sperm levels. That too at an average cost of 1.12$ per unit (in the U.S.), meaning one good session of safe sex is actually cheaper than your morning cup of coffee.

Yes. We’re definitely pro-condom.

So, it’s only reasonable to know your favorite barrier method even better, here are 9 historically accurate, factually bizarre condom did-you-knows to blow your… ahem, mind.

1. Their Danish Name Is So Weird

The official Danish word for condoms is Svangerskabsforebyggendemiddel.

Forget simplistic names like jimmies. The official Danish word for condoms is Svangerskabsforebyggendemiddel. Which is admittedly hard to whisper across the medical counter. Not to mention how hard it will be to maintain a seductive tone while trying to be smooth in initiating some P in the V.

2. They’re Also Called Scumbags

'Scumbag’ is a term that originated in the 1960s and means a used condom with leftover traces of a man’s semen.

There are some of us who celebrate our eternal love for the condom by giving it some endearing nicknames like ‘willy warmer’ and ‘love glove.’ Then there are some of us who decidedly wanted to focus on the more repulsive side of this birth control method. Brought to you from the 1960s, the derogatory term ‘scumbag’ basically means a used condom that still bears the leftover traces of a man’s semen. Talk about throwing some seriously grimy shade at someone.

3. They Are Very, Very Ancient

Condoms are ancient, and are even seen in cave paintings that are about 12,000 to 15,000 years old.

Condoms, in general, are legit ancient and have been on this planet for thousands of years. Apparently, there’s a French cave named Grotte des Combarrelles, whose walls bear a painting of a man using a condom that’s estimated to be around 12,000 to 15,000 years old. How do we know this? From an academic book written in 1985 called ‘Johnny Come Lately: A Short History of the Condom’.

Use this to initiate some intellectually stimulating pillow talk, if you haven’t impressed your date already that is.

4. They Weren’t Always Made Of Latex

Back in the day, condoms were made using animal horns, animal bladders, fish skin, and pigs' intestines.

A certain Austrian museum still houses the world’s oldest surviving condom, which dates back to 1640. It’s a Swedish condom, made from the intestines of a pig. It is also said to have been bathed in warm milk before it was used to make it germ and disease-free. Other materials used to make condoms back in the day were animal bladders, fish skin, tortoise shells, animal horns, and oiled silk paper. We sincerely apologize if this bit made you reflexively clutch at your privates.

5. They Were Inspired By Tires

Charles Goodyear's ingenious rubber vulcanization process marked the birth of the first rubber condom in 1855.

Charles Goodyear came out with an ingenious rubber vulcanization process which also marked the birth of the first rubber condom in 1855. This is why latex condoms, till date are still often called rubbers. While this was a major leap forward as far as material was concerned, it was actually as thick as a bicycle inner tube. If a man didn’t have a very impressive girth, it could’ve been something to raise a toast to. Otherwise? Not very appealing, thanks.

6. They Can Protect Rifles

During the World War II, soldiers covered their rifles with condoms to prevent salt water from rusting them out.

That unintended pun is probably making you go ‘duh!’ but hold the urge. We’re not implying the regular skin-pistols here, but legit rifles used for fighting war. Soldiers in the Second World War devised a clever way to protect their rifles from the damaging effects of salt water while swimming the shores. They covered the barrels of their rifles with condoms to prevent them from rusting.

Looks like condoms can protect your weapon in more ways than one, eh?

7. They’re Great For Water Storage

The average-sized condom can hold up to a gallon of liquid, without the penis inside, of course

The average-sized condom can hold up to a gallon of liquid. While this fact holds true provided your penis isn’t already inside, it’s still comforting to know that when it comes to holding fluids without breaking a leak, condoms have your back.

This fact is especially important for ladies to know. So the next time your dude tells you his load is much too big for a condom, you know he’s just making an excuse.

8. They Are Bought Mostly By Women

 About 40% of condom sales are thanks to proactive women who take responsibility for their sexual health.

No, men aren’t the ones to buy the most condoms. About 40% of condom sales are thanks to proactive women who take responsibility for their sexual health. Give yourselves a round of applause, ladies!

9. Their Use Spikes On V-Day

About 87 condoms are used every second on Valentine's Day in the United States.

On the outset, Valentine’s Day may seem all about candy hearts and roses. But did you know that there are about 87 condoms that are used every second on the 14th of February in the United States? Which also goes to show how much this day lives up to its second title of National Condom Day.

References   [ + ]

1.Condom Fact Sheet In Brief. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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