So that’s what those things are used for … vaginal syringes.


No, that’s not a dildo.

Or a salt shaker.

It’s a vaginal syringe. A device that:

When it came to the taboo topic of feminine hygiene in the 1800s, the common policy was “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Vaginal syringes, like those we found in our City Hall excavation, were used discreetly in order to maintain health, treat venereal disease and prevent pregnancy. Such feminine hygiene tactics were not discussed openly.

There are many other personal hygiene tidbits to be discovered in this article I found, including this one:

In 1935, a major advancement was made in toilet paper. By this time, the American population had already ditched corncobs, newspaper pages, leaves, and mussel shells for what we consider modern toilet paper. But it wasn’t until this year that Northern Tissue advertised the first “splinter-free” toilet paper. Paper production was still rather rudimentary and brands couldn’t always make this guarantee before.

Splinter free toilet paper. Could you imagine asking your spouse or loved one, “Uh, honey, I got another splinter I need you to get out.”

More great information about the history of hygiene here.



Get a bigger pizza, because it’s scientifically better … and because leftovers are almost always good

QUOCTRUNG BUI writes for NPR: Buy the bigger pie. Wanna know why?

The math of why bigger pizzas are such a good deal is simple: A pizza is a circle, and the area of a circle increases with the square of the radius.

So, for example, a 16-inch pizza is actually four times as big as an 8-inch pizza.

So order larger and bring it home, you frugal penny pinchers.

More here.

Via Kottke