Sunday, June 19, 2011

Safe Sex On The Beach!

Karly found this corroded condom on the beach of Bainbridge Island in Washington State!

Bainbridge Island, located in Kitsap County near Seattle, is pure $$$$$ and progressive politics - in July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine named Bainbridge Island the second-best place to live in the United States and both John Kerry and Barack Obama defeated their Republican opponents in the district 7 to 2.

So, to get a better picture of the sandy love-making that preceded this picture, imagine some pasty Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr types locking lips and groins with their trust funds fully erect and a waiting Prius nearby playing a Dave Matthews Band album. Forgive the overwrought regional pun - a Microsoft joke just wouldn’t make sense.

Besides the bank accounts and the wannabe-Kennedys, Bainbridge Island also boasts a few notable celebrities and people-of-note, including the original drummer of Nirvana, Chad Channing, SNL alum, Chris Kattan and adult film star and Penthouse cover model, Tori Black!

So thanks, Karly, for reminding the world that Bainbridge Island can still get its blood pumping beyond the aphrodisiacs of time-share options and political primaries!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Panama Prophylactic

My pal Whitney found this condom wrapper in the jungles of Panama while she was on a college expedition to study frogs!

"Here's the condom (wrapper), and a couple pictures from the forest where I found it. I was going there every day to collect data on a frog population and one day it showed up, not far from the road. The forest is on on Isla Colón, Bocas del Toro Province. I was in Panama for two months and this was the only condom I found!! Never even saw one in Bocas town, which is a dirty place." - Whitney

Christopher Columbus discovered the Bocas del Toro Province in 1502 and originally called it Isla del Drago, which loosely means "Dredged Island" - it's current name translates into "Mouths of the Bull"! And here's some bullshit for you to ponder - our dearest Whitney spent two months in this bull mouth and only found one condom wrapper there the entire time! I've spent nary an hour exploring small areas of Seattle, WA or Anniston, AL and I've come across 5 or 6 used rubbers in just one area!

What can we, as Americans, learn from this glaring dissimilarity? Do the Panamenos contain a greater sense of civic cleanliness than we? Or do their safe-sex practices leave more to be desired?

Judging from Whitney's testimony, we can assume that cleanliness shouldn't be much of a factor (no more so than in the U.S.) - so do the people of Panama merely use less condoms than we do?

According to Index Mundi, home of the Internet's most complete country profiles, the birth rate in Panama, as of this year, is 19.43 births/1,000 population (2011 est.) - compared to the United States' 13.83 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)

As intriguing as these statistics may be, they must be considered in light of the fact that abortion is currently illegal in Panama, with the exception of life-threatening circumstances. But with such an option off of the table for most potential parents, would one not expect then to find more condom wrappers?

Or are we just skimming the surface of a cultural divide which further taboos the notion of public sexual intercourse? And what is with that snake?

These mysteries are too large to be tackled in just one Found Condoms post - so I will leave you to your own conclusions.

And I will leave you with some Van Halen.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Message from Benjamin Sherman, founder of "Obama Condoms"

Below is a message from Benjamin Sherman, founder of "Obama Condoms", whose street vendors have been recently harassed by the NYPD. Last year, Found Condoms did a brief expose on the Obama Condom movement, which you can view here.

Please offer Benjamin any support that you can by reposting this blog, thank you!

Vince Ynzunza

***Our battle with the NYPD continues to rage on. They continue to arrest our vendors even though a NY State Supreme Court judge ruled that we could vend our condoms on the streets of NYC because they are protected by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. Despite this ruling, Jose Andujar (who the article talks about), was arrested twice in the last two weeks.

Prior to the NYPD arresting our vendors, we had 40 individuals selling Obama Condoms on the streets of NYC, making a great living during hard economic times. Because the NYPD has decided to interpret the law themselves (when they're only suppose to enforce it), we're down to three because our vendors don't want to get arrested and spend up to 72 hours in jail waiting to get arraigned.

I am hoping to bring attention to this story and hope that we can get the NYPD to STOP arresting our vendors now that the NY State Supreme Court has said that we can vend them.

If you know anyone who can help bring attention to our predicament, please have them contact me. It would mean a lot to me and to the vendors who sell Obama Condoms.


Benjamin Sherman
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