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China recycling used condoms as cheap hair bands

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Mitzs, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. Mitzs
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    Can you say ewwwwwww!:eek:

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20071113/thl-china-health-condoms-offbeat-aa1aa08_1.html
     
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  2. Bluerinse
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    Hmmm.. question.. do they have special recycle bins for these and if so, whos job is it to empty them ewwwww indeed :eek:
     
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  3. Mitzs
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    Ohhhhhhhhh double ewwwww, I did not even think of that! Some one pass the bucket.
     
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    That is really ewwww BIG TIME!
     
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    My bullshit detector is in overdrive here.

    Firstly, where do they get 'recycled condoms' from - in bulk enough to be able to run a profitable amount through a recycling process?

    Secondly, even if there were a whole group of people rooting through trash (either Chinese or imported) and churning out enough to make it a viable business, the process necessary to recycle one rubber compund into another is likely to involve extremely high temperatures (akin to those in a medical waste incinerator), which would kill off all traces of any STDs that may have been present

    Thirdly, if there were such a wholesale condom recycling operation going on, there are far more profitable uses for recycled rubber than hair bands

    Fourthly, last I looked people didn't eat rubber hair bands, and they don't generally come into contact with (ahem) 'private' regions of the body, so even if none of the above held true, and the recycling process did exist, and it was profitable enough to be viable, and the recycling process didn't involve blast furnace temperatures and about 20 atmospheres of pressure - the STD wouldn't exactly have much chance of being transmitted through someone's hair follicles...

    Alright, maybe the last point is a bit spurious, but frankly, this sounds almost identical to any number of other shitty rumours that rear their heads in the inboxes of my lUsers at work - jingoistic crap designed to shock people in one country into thinking people of another are 'weird' or 'gross'
     
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  6. Mitzs
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    I don't know about you, but I do pop hair bands in my mouth while brushing my hair to pull it back. There are alot of times when you are outside and don't have a place to lay one. And you don't put it around your wrist because it stretches them out. So I can see this point. And have you ever seen a rubber? They are very very thin. I would think if they use furnace temperatures they would just evaporate into nothing. This may be why they could still carry germs. They are not actaully getting them hot enough to kills the germs but just hot enough to melt them down.
     
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    I'm thinking that Zeb has the right idea. Can you spell "urban legend"?
     
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  8. Mitzs
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    Yahoo news spreading urban legend? I belive that as much as I belive china would never put lead paint on our children toys.
     
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    Yep. :clap :clap :clap
     
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  11. BosonMichael
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    China's exporting things that are far more dangerous than used condoms... :dry
     
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    Is that dandruff I can see in your hair? :twisted:
     
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    i'm just glad they only recycled them into hair bands :dry

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