Ade (agentfroot) wrote,

From the Chicago Tribune.

Just why is she smiling?

Compiled by Devin Rose
Published December 15, 2002

We're not sure, but we think the Vipon "vibrating tampon" is behind that wicked grin.

We're not making this gadget up! In fact, we're eagerly awaiting our samples (ah, research . . . ). Electrical engineer Steven Kilgore of Raymore, Mo., is the man behind this vibrating wonder (we hope), which is intended to relieve menstrual cramps. The Vipon is made up of a 100 percent cotton tampon as well as a small motor unit that produces an ultrasound frequency and a 1.5 volt battery unit that rests outside the body.

Kilgore said he's just now gearing up for production, so look for the tampons in March online ( and at discount stores. Kilgore expects them to retail for about $14 for a box of six--and he expects them to be a big hit.

"I've had a lot of women try samples, and we have yet to find someone who doesn't like the tampon," he said. "I've even given one to a nun."

Kilgore added that around Christmas, friends of his family say, "Don't give me a Christmas card; give me some of those tampons!"

At the Web site, you'll find more info on the Vipon, including statements from a doctor at the University of Kansas Medical Center saying that the contraption is totally safe.

Copyright � 2002, Chicago Tribune

hmmm... well, i don't know what to say. the "i've even given one to a nun" part cracked me up though. well, i guess that could make celibacy (and menstruation) bearable... *shrug* i would never use a vibrating tampon though. but that's because i'm prejudiced against tampons and think they're disgusting (not to mention my "nice girls don't use tampons" shirt that i don't wear in public because it's offensive, especially the "satan's cotton fingers" picture on the back... ah, is silly...).

oh yes, i was going to do work! silly ade...

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