1. 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. You can reflexively start clutching your private parts now.
2. About 87 condoms are used each second on Valentine's Day in the United States, meaning V-Day really works for that title of National Condom Day.
3. In the 19th century, the German military was the first institution to recommend condoms to its soldiers. And during World War I, the United States and Britain were the only countries in Europe who wouldn't provide rubbers to their men in arms. By the end of the war there were almost 400,000 documented cases of syphilis and gonorrhea in the U.S. military. Realizing war couldn't stop the libido, they changed their tune come the next war.
4. A condom can hold up to 4 quarts of liquid (about 3.8 litres). So, no, your load can't be too big for a condom to contain it.
5. The word "scumbag" actually means condom. Originating in the 1960s, this derogatory term simply means semen-filled used condom. You had no idea what kind of grimy shade you were throwing at that little boy on the yellow slide during recess.
6. In the 15th century, glans condoms that only went over the head of the penis were in wide use. By the 16th century, condoms were made of linen, and often had a ribbon sewed on the open end to tie around the shaft of the penis. Essentially, all Renaissance era dicks looked like tiny cloth presents.
7. The Danish word for condom is Svangerskabsforebyggendemiddel.
8. Ireland is one of the most expensive places to buy condoms in, at about $18 a box. Shanghai is the cheapest.
9. The earliest known depiction of a man using a condom is a 12,000-15,000 year-old painting on the wall of a cave in France called Grotte des Combarrelles. Proving we've always been real obsessed with documenting everything our junk touches.
10. There is no documented medical reason a person can't use a condom. Since modern condoms are made of latex, polyurethane, lamb skin, and polyisoprene — there's even something for the most sensitive peens out there. Whether a guy or a girl will still complain about having to wrap it? That's not as certain.
11. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has offered a grant 100,000 US$ to sponsor the development of the Next Generation Condom.
The goal is to find a pleasure-enhancing condom! We applaud the Gates Foundation's effort to improve today's condoms and further de-stigmatize condoms! A main contender is the Origami Condom, designed and produced in California. The condom folds unfolds in line with your natural movement. It fits more loosely than traditional latex condoms sacrificing none of the safety and the additional friction due to the folding movement creates additional sensation. Alas, it won't be available on the market before 2015 due to the FDA's approval process!
12. Condoms are 98% effective against pregnancy and 95% efficient in protecting against sexually transmitted infections. This also means that out of every 100 condoms used, 5 of them will burst or even fail to protect the couple from contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
13. The largest condom manufacturer sits in… Malaysia.
In a predominantly muslim country Karex Industry reportedly produces around 3bn condoms and holds around 25% of global market share by quantity. The US government is its largest customer via USAID. However, Reckitt Benickser's Durex leads the market in terms of value with a market share of 30%.
14. Do condoms made out of animal bladder, stomach and other intestines sound gross to you?
They've been used for centuries and they are still used today. Not vegetarian-friendly, they are an alternative for lovers with a latex allergy. They're sometimes also referred to as lambskins, but the professional term is 'natural membrane condoms'.
15. For a brief time in Sweden, there was a condom ambulance that delivered emergency contraception directly to your door step. This would be very ideal in cases where you get a rare chance of having sex when you don't have a condom or no access to it within the shortest possible time. The condom ambulance would bail you out, flashing its lights and ringing its siren, cruising to deliver your emergency condom. #HowSweet!
16. When kept in a cool and dry place, a condom normally expires after 4 years!
17. During the cold war, the CIA considered parachuting large condoms marked "medium" into the Soviet Union, in a bid to convince local women that American men were "better".
18. According to researcher Debby Herbenick, woman are much more likely to enjoy sex and experience orgasm with or without sex, unlike most men who usually enjoy sex without using a condom.
19. A condom manufacturer of the Trojan Condoms tests condoms with 20-30 couples who agree to have sex multiple times a month. They are referred to as the 'bedroom panel'. Durex which manufactures its condoms in Thailand also hires couples to have sex with their condoms and pays them. Durex calls them 'condom testers'.
20. During World War 2, soldiers used condoms to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salty water as they swam to the shore
21. In June 2013, Zimbabwe National Aids Council heard that local women were using condoms that were being distributed from free to make floor polish. the distribution of condoms in the country was very high yet the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and Aids was also high.
22. In Zimbabwe again, a headmaster from Chivi in Masvingo Province, Mr Elijah Chitsika was fired after he had sex with several school girls and used a pair of socks as means of protection in the place of a condom before one of his victims, a Form Four pupil, fell pregnant. More here: Headmaster fired for using socks as condom while having sex with a student