Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Just what we need: more people not changing their underwear

The Japanese are testing "stink-free" underwear on the space station. Reuters reports that Koichi Wakata is trying them out the "J-ware":

"He can wear his trunks (underwear) more than a week," said Koji Yanagawa, an official with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Wakata's clothes, developed by researcher Yoshiko Taya, are designed to kill bacteria, absorb water, insulate the body and dry quickly. They also are flame-resistant and anti-static, not to mention comfortable and stylish.

Having served in the military, I understand first hand about being in situations where you can't change your clothes ... including socks and underwear ... on a regular basis. Even then, we washed certain areas (a "whore's bath"), even if we weren't able to change clothes. However, it was not by choice, but by circumstance. Such items would be great for those circumstances.

The thing about the Reuters report that really caught my eye? This:

The Japanese space agency plans to make the clothes available to NASA and its other space station partners once development is complete. A commercial line also is in the offing.

Read that last sentence again: "A commercial line also is in the offing."

You'll be able to buy this stuff at Sears. Or Wal-mart.

Think about that.

This scientific breakthrough will allow some folks to go a week or more without washing their ass.

Ain't technocracy great?

What's next? J-ware socks, so you don't have to wash your feet? J-ware undershirts so you don't have to wash or use deodorant? I shudder to think what else science has in store for us.


  1. As you may recall, there was that female, American astronaut that, a few years back, was busted trying to bust her boyfriend's illegal girlfriend. She was arrested while wearing astro-underwear so she didn't have to stop to go potty... or whatever.

    Personally, I think there's probably a market for these things via a dispensing machine at Greyhound Bus depots and of course, your favorite airline kiosk because even pooping your safety drawers may be preferable to using the on-board johns, lol!

  2. can you imagine what those underwear are going to look like when they have a weeks worth of "railroad tracks" on them? And who exactly is going to smell them to test the no-stink theory?


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