Published December 03, 2006
Sick of fumbling with those old-fashioned prophylactics? Well have no fear, the spray-on condom is here!
Jan Vinzenz Krause from the Institute for Condom Consultancy and his team are developing the ultimate in comfortable protection for men, Reuters reports.
No more strewn condom wrappers or pesky imprints in your wallet … the condom of the future will be spray-as-you-go.
Krause's invention consists of a can-type device that sprays latex from all sides.
"We call it the '360 degree procedure' — once round and from top to bottom. It's a bit like a car wash."
Krause says the plan is to have the product work in about 5 seconds, making it especially convenient for those heat-of-the-moment situations where time is of the essence. He says the product will be extra-effective since it will be custom fit and won't slip.
However, before the new condom can be sold in shops, the company has to ensure that the latex gets evenly spread when it's sprayed.
Mr Krause hopes the hi-tech condom, which will be available in different strengths and colors, will on the market by 2008.
Krause said he had hit upon the idea when considering the difficulties some people faced using condoms, and drew inspiration from spray-on plasters now used in medicine.
Have Baby, Will Trade for PS3
How far would you go to get your hands on a brand-new PlayStation 3? Would you trade your car? Your pet? Your child?
Apparently some people are willing to go as far as the latter, a Minneapolis radio host discovered. Dave Ryan, host of "Dave Ryan in the Morning," posed an on-air challenge, asking if anyone would be willing to trade in their baby for a period of time in exchange for a new PS3.
Much to the host's surprise, people were more than willing to take him up on the offer. The station's call lines were jammed with people willing to exchange their babies for one of the impossible-to-obtain new game consoles.
Needless to say, the station did not actually give away any PS3's, nor did they confiscate any babies.
Santa Shortage Plagues Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The local Salvation Army is falling behind in its holiday collections because it can't find enough bell-ringers.
On Wednesday, only seven of 14 locations around the city were staffed, and that was a good showing, said Stan Jones, an officer with The Salvation Army.
"The problem is, the few bell-ringers we have are real off-and-on — they don't always show up," Jones said.
Daily collections are lagging between $400 and $1,000 behind last year. In just a week, Jones said the local Salvation Army has already fallen $2,700 off last year's pace.
"By the end of the season, at this pace, we'd be about $10,000 short," Jones said.
Even at $6.50 an hour, good bell-ringers are hard to find.
The job is posted at the Helena Job Service and Jones hasn't received any interest among residents at God's Love, a homeless shelter.
Bob Ruth, who has worked at God's Love for a dozen years, said the shelter's residents don't appear interested in the job, even though they are given two weeks to find work and some of the money raised by The Salvation Army might eventually help God's Love.
"I've tried to get them to ring the bells, but they say it's not enough money," Ruth said. "I guess they don't have any interest. It bothers me when they won't do anything."
Not the Best Job for a Narcoleptic...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A window washer working on a downtown Nashville high-rise building apparently fell asleep on the job, authorities say.
The man, whom fire officials did not immediately identify, was cleaning the glass on the 20th floor of the Fifth Third Bank building on Church Street Friday when several onlookers noticed he was not moving.
The man came to after firefighters tugged on his ropes, then held up a sign from inside the window to get his attention. The worker lowered himself to the sidewalk, where he was examined by paramedics.
Assistant Fire Chief Lee Bergeron said it appeared as if the man fell asleep, but added that he couldn't be certain.
"I figured he had just either passed out or maybe he had fallen asleep," said onlooker Leroy Anderson, who said he had been watching the man for 30 minutes before fire engines arrived. "It's sunny and warm up there, and there's no wind."
Nashville Fire Chief Henry Booker said the worker was taken to Baptist Hospital to be checked for a rapid heartbeat, but said he expected the man to be released.
"It's unusual to fall asleep outside while on scaffolding that high up," Booker said.
Python to File 'Excessive Force' Lawsuit...
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A police officer used a Taser to subdue a python that had wrapped itself around a man's arm and would not let go.
Steve Crilly, 47, was feeding a rat to the eight-foot-long albino Burmese python, which belongs to his daughter, when it when it bit his left hand and wrapped tightly around his left arm Wednesday night, Uniontown patrolman Ray Miller said.
"The snake was on his arm and was eating his hand," Miller told the Herald-Standard of Uniontown for Friday's editions. Crilly "was very calm, considering there was a good bit of blood," he said.
In an effort to free the man without permanently harming the snake, Miller said he shot the animal with his Taser, a gun that sends an electric shock through wired darts. The snake immediately went limp and released its grip.
Crilly was treated by paramedics at the scene for what Miller called "a nasty cut" on his hand. The snake was uninjured and remained at the home, Miller said. Crilly did not immediately return a message left at his home Thursday by The Associated Press.
Miller said the incident was unique, but not especially scary. "Snakes don't bother me," he said.
Someone's Not Quite Ready for Motherhood...
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) — The perils of parenting apparently can be discovered through a classroom project.
A startled 17-year-old girl swerved her car into a freeway guardrail and slammed into a pickup truck after the realistic-sounding baby doll in her care suddenly began to cry.
The teenager had just picked up the doll as part of a school project on responsible parenting minutes before the accident occurred Tuesday on I-580, said Steve Creel, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.
The educational doll cries and wets itself and has a recording device that monitors how long it takes the doll's "parent" to respond to its crying.
The girl, whose named was not released because of her age, was driving around 65 miles per hour in a Mini Cooper when the fake baby sprang to tears, causing her to crash into the guardrail and swerve back onto the freeway where she hit a Ford F-350 pickup truck.
"When officers arrived, she was still caring for the baby," Creel said.
No one was seriously injured in the crash, but the CHP will pursue charges because the girl was driving without a license, he said.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Hannah Sentenac.
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