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Oil Spill Condoms: Doing it for the environment

Okay, we know that the oil spill is BP’s problem, but that doesn’t entirely explain why so few people are eager to help out with the relief effort. It may not be the sexiest of world disasters, but a disaster it is. So here’s one way to help out: 20% of all proceeds from Oil Spill Condoms will be donated to help rebuild the Gulf Coast, via the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund. Oil Spill Condoms’ goal is to raise $50,000. And yes, in case you were wondering, the condoms are black. And lubricated. (The site is rife with cringe-worthy puns on everything from spilling to drilling. Let’s just leave it at that.) You can actually use the condoms, too, unlike so many novelty condoms: These ones are the FDA-approved Lifestyles Tuxedo brand.

Founder Benjamin Sherman is not new to the intersection of policy and prophylactics. A little over two years ago, I was sitting in my car in NYC and I found some condoms under the seat,” Sherman told us. “I blew one up into a balloon [ED: ah, that old trick] and when my friend got back into the car I said ‘We should create Obama Condoms.’ I came up with the name Practice Safe Policy and the rest has been history. We just sold our 300,000th condom and are going strong!” The slogan on the packaging of the Obama condom is “Use With Good Judgement.” And yes, there were McCain condoms (“Old But Not Expired”) and Palin too (“When Abortion Is Not An Option”).

Their mission statement is to be “dedicated to holding our politicians (and other public figures) responsible for their actions by taking their messages to another responsible medium: condoms.” Any guesses as to which politician or world disaster will be next?

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