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January 7, 2009 at 7:15 pm | | crazy figure contest, hardware, literature, science and the public, science@home

This machine is the closest some graduate students get to the Real Thing:


“Finally, theories proposed for the mechanism of breakage were investigated on a laboratory coital model.”

Source: White, N.; Hill, D.; Bodemeier, S. Male condoms that break in use do so mostly by a “blunt puncture” mechanism. Contraception 2008, 77, 360-365. (Also reported in Nature’s news section here.)


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  1. Do you think it’s a coincidence Figure 3 happened to be of failure report #69?

    Comment by Kendall — January 7, 2009 #

  2. I’m not sure what your definition of the “Real Thing” is, but I’m guessing it has something to do with a penis that’s bigger than my forearm. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Comment by excimer — January 8, 2009 #

  3. ACK! My virgin eyes!

    Comment by Carolina — January 8, 2009 #

  4. So a grad student that does that work — where do you go to postdoc? What’s your job prospects? Is Trojan a good place to work?

    Comment by Chemjobber — January 8, 2009 #

  5. Bet you can buy that on ebay.

    Comment by jordan — January 8, 2009 #

  6. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”

    Only as long as it stays hella far away from me! That thing is GINORMOUS AND SCARY.

    Comment by psi*psi — January 8, 2009 #

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