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By geozone     Jan 22, 2007 in Technology
Ever had one too many tacos and felt you were about to cut loose with a nuclear blast that would flatten Manhattan?
Even if you could manage to keep the "windy" noise down to a minimum, the smell would be a dead giveaway you cut the cheese.
A Pueblo inventor has come up with the perfect solution, underwear that protects against flatulence. Made of soft, air-tight fabric, the underpants have a triangular "exit hole" through which the gas is expelled. The unique design of the exit hole assures complete expulsion of the gas through a "pocket."
Inside this "pocket" lies the core "technology" of the underpants, a multi-layered filter which includes two layers of wool, two of polypropylene and spun glass materials and a single layer of activated carbon.
Called Under-Ease, the underpants are washable and will last for about a year depending upon the frequency of use and washing. The filter can last anywhere from several weeks to a few months.
Developer Buck Weimer acknowledges that he gets a lot of jokes about his product but "we don't doubt that this is a serious product that serves a purpose."
"They can be worn anytime, anywhere--in bed, to work, at social events, including professional meetings or when travelling in any vehicle, including an airplane."
Weimer's wife suffered from Crohns disease and irritable bowel syndrome, conditions which led to frequent bouts of excessively foul-smelling flatulence. She was his inspiration for coming up with the idea of Under-Ease, an invention for which he was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in biology. The Ig Nobel Prizes honor the weird, imaginative and goofy achievements in the fields of medicine, science and technology.
Under-Ease. Like Weimer's company motto says: Wear them for the ones you love.
This is probably the weirdest "gadget" I've come across yet. At the same time, you can see it serves a genuine function for some people.
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