Friday marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy Landings. So let all pay tribute to one of the great unsung heroes of the landings - the condom.
Condoms were used by the bucket load in the lead up to the landings. Soldiers used them to waterproof small personal items like their wallets. The Americans used condoms to waterproof the M-1 ignitors they used to set off demolition charges. The trick was to place them in a condom, seal the open end with grease and tie thread around where the fuse cord left the ignitor. The "T" shaped pull for the ignitor could be yanked through the condom to set off the charge.
Condoms are still used in military survival kits. Such as those used by SAS serving in Afghanistan
As a side note I discovered condoms are now available in Chocolate ripple flavour. Someone in the marketing division has too much time on their hands, but seriously if you plan to use them as an emergency water container use plain non-lubricated ones.
For more condom uses check out the informative Willow Haven Outdoor website. He has 11 uses for condoms, including making a cool slingshot.
Bite off more than you can chew.