Monday, August 31, 2009

All in the name of "scientific research"

Who says scientists are dull? Without the countless hours these admirable researchers spent in a lab, we would be deprived of the many advances and knowledge we take for granted today. For instance...

Know anyone with flatulence issues? Buy a few of these!

And if you think this is just a gimmick, then check out this research article in PubMed (a database of published literature):

Am J Gastroenterol. 2005 Feb;100(2):397-400.
Effectiveness of devices purported to reduce flatus odor.
Ohge H, Furne JK, Springfield J, Ringwala S, Levitt MD.

Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA.

"OBJECTIVE: A variety of charcoal-containing devices are purported to minimize problems with odoriferous rectal gas; however, the evidence supporting the efficacy of these products is virtually all anecdotal. We objectively evaluated the ability of these devices to adsorb two malodorous, sulfide gases (hydrogen sulfide and methylmercaptan) instilled at the anus. METHODS: Via a tube, 100 ml of nitrogen containing 40 ppm of sulfide gases and 0.5% H(2) was instilled at the anus of six healthy volunteers who wore gas impermeable Mylar pantaloons over their garments. Since H(2) is not adsorbed by charcoal, the fraction of the sulfide gases removed could be determined from the concentration ratio of sulfide gas: H(2) in the pantaloon space relative to the ratio in instilled gas. RESULTS: Measurements with no device in place showed that subjects' garments removed 22.0 +/- 5.3% of the sulfide gases, and results obtained with each device were corrected for this removal. The only product that adsorbed virtually all of the sulfide gases was briefs constructed from an activated carbon fiber fabric. Pads worn inside the underwear removed 55-77% of the sulfide gases. Most cushions were relatively ineffective, adsorbing about 20% of the gases. CONCLUSIONS: The ability of charcoal-containing devices to adsorb odoriferous rectal gases is limited by incomplete exposure of the activated carbon to the gases. Briefs made from carbon fiber are highly effective; pads are less effective, removing 55-77% of the odor; cushions are relatively ineffective."

So the pads aren't as effective as the carbon fiber, but hey 55-77% is not bad. (link here)

"But it was an accident!" Uh huh. Accidental anal intercourse? Is there such a thing? Read on...

J Clin Forensic Med. 2005 Feb;12(1):1-4. Epub 2004 Dec 9.
Accidental anal intercourse: does it really happen?
Norfolk GA.

Stockwood Medical Centre, Hollway Road, Stockwood, Bristol BS14 8PT, UK.

"A postal survey was conducted of members of the Association of Forensic Physicians (UK) to determine whether accidental anal intercourse occurs in heterosexual relationships and, if so, whether intoxication by alcohol or drugs and sexual inexperience were likely to be causative factors. Of the 512 (47.9%) replies, there were 498 individuals who had had a previous heterosexual relationship and may have experienced accidental anal intercourse. Of these, there were 26 (7.2%) males and 14 (10.4%) females who reported at least one lifetime episode of accidental anal intercourse. Amongst those with a history of accidental anal intercourse, 79% reported that they were sexually experienced at the time and 83% reported that their partners were sexually experienced. Personal intoxication by alcohol or drugs at the time of accidental anal intercourse was reported by 43%, with 41% reporting that their partners were intoxicated."

(link here)

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1 comment:

J.A.C. said...

I like how a higher percentage of women report it was unplanned than men...