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"Big rubber industry" on NPR, heh heh.

I just heard "What's the state of the big rubber industry?" on BBC World Service. I know what the hosts are talking about, but I still broke down in giggles.

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radixx
Mar. 5th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
Actually, the rubber industry is fascinating. I was reading a book by Wade Davis (one of the most incredible men of our time) called "One River". In that he also recounts the story of his mentor's travels through South America during the early days of WWII. It's really quite amazing just how pivotal a part the South American rubber industry played in the Allied victory. I'm not at all a history buff, but I was very interested at how such a seemingly insignificant aspect of trade would make such a large impact.
oddharmonic
Mar. 5th, 2003 09:50 pm (UTC)
Your description of the book is so convincing I've added it to my "to read" list. Thanks for the suggestion!
radixx
Mar. 5th, 2003 10:07 pm (UTC)
Wade Davis is a genius. He's a Harvard Ethnobotanist and I got hooked into his stuff reading about his trip to Haiti. He was funded by a pharmaceutical company to study the "zombie phenominon" and ended up becoming enthralled by the culture. The horrible movie "The Serpent And The Rainbow" is very very very very loosely based on that trip. However it was highly fictionalized. The book of the same title is a very good layman's tome, but "The Passage Of Darkness" is a much better book of his on the same subject. Davis makes non fiction read like an Indiana Jones story. The man is incredible.
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oddharmonic
Mar. 5th, 2003 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised, I've seen all sorts of novelty items that are supposed to look like genitals.

The most common larger-size condoms I've seen at my local Wal-Mart are the Trojan Magnum line (Magnum and Magnum XL).

If you're interested in their size specifications and other large-sized condoms, you might want to check out condomania and look at their condoms by size -- the "roomier, top to bottom" subsection of their large condoms might be of interest to you. Condomania also offers a large condom sampler (item #C-LCS, $12.95) that's a dozen of their largest condoms.
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