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Japanese Astronaut Tests Stink-Free Underwear

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the In-space-nobody-can-smell-your-clean dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 69

Throw away your soap, detergent, and personal hygiene, the Japanese have invented odor-free underwear. Koichi Wakata, a Japanese astronaut living in the International Space Station, is testing the underwear created by textile experts at Japan Women's University in Tokyo. The shorts are designed to kill bacteria, absorb water, insulate the body and dry quickly. They also are flame-resistant, and anti-static. "The other astronauts become very sweaty, but he doesn't have any sweat. He didn't need to hang his clothes to dry. He can wear his trunks (underwear) more than a week," said Koji Yanagawa, an official with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.

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Fiber (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27317999)

It's stink free until I take a big ol' greasey shit in it.

Underpants knome (3, Funny)

Hojima (1228978) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318077)

Dear god, we've just figured out what 2. ??? is!

Re:Underpants knome (1)

Praedon (707326) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318183)

1. Steal underpants 2. Go to space, steal that jap dudes underpants 3. Profit!

Re:Underpants knome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27319647)

You're missing the largest profit center:
Steal obsolete women's underpants for sale in vending machines.
Because now the smell of women's undergarments is OBSOLETE :D

Re:Underpants knome (1)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318293)

Sadly, the first insightful post I've read today is on an idle story...

Re:Underpants knome (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27318457)

idleispants

So, does this cloth breath? (1)

glaese (1238130) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318105)

Will we soon breath through our underwear? (I seem to remember doing that.....when I was about 4 years old.)

Re:So, does this cloth breath? (1)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318263)

-1 Ewww Gross

Re:So, does this cloth breath? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27318755)

A. Gross
B. It's "breathe" not "breath". Breath is a noun. Breathe is a verb.

I cannot parse the title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27318149)

I'm not reading the friendly article until I can wrap my head around the headline "Japanese Astronaut Tests Stink Free Underwear"
I think there's a hyphen missing in there, but I have a headache now

Re:I cannot parse the title (2, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318239)

Well, it's obvious - they are giving away underwear in Japan, but it is not recommended to wear it when going to an astronaut job interview.

Re:I cannot parse the title (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#27322517)

+5 Funny.

Re:I cannot parse the title (1)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 5 years ago | (#27325779)

Oh, I thought the aroma of a Japanese shuttle-pilot's examination has been found to liberate one's panties.

Re:I cannot parse the title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27318345)

It's a random list of nouns/phrases, but the commas are missing. Here:

Japanese Astronaut, Tests Stink(!), Free Underwear

Seriously though, I think it is:
Japanese Astronaut Tests Stink-Free Underwear
(Adjective Noun Verb Hyphenated-Adjective Noun)

Hope that clears things up.

Re:I cannot parse the title (1)

Mozk (844858) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318363)

The problem is that the word tests can be a noun or a verb, the word stink can be a noun or a verb, and the word free can be an adjective or a verb.
 
So yeah, this headline sucks. It's like a garden path sentence [wikipedia.org] .

Re:I cannot parse the title (1)

thomasdz (178114) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318597)

Yeah...when I saw it, I saw:
(Japanese Astronaut Tests) (Stink) (Free Underwear)
Which didn't make much sense, but I knew that probably astronauts write tests. And maybe they were giving away free underwear... I just couldn't figure out how "Stinks" fit into the previous two thoughts.

Re:I cannot parse the title (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 5 years ago | (#27322157)

Thank you for the link to garden path sentences, that's a very interesting read, and would make an excellent class exercise in English class. (I'd have enjoyed it anyway!)

New UN program (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27318219)

They are already in talk with UN to establish an aid program to donate gobloads of these to France. Other nations also philosophically opposed to shower are encouraged to consider applying. The perfume industry, of course, is preparing a full counter-offensive in response.

Re:New UN program (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27323553)

Before that, deliver it to my CS classes! There's actually a radius of 20-30ft of smell when those guys enter the room.

Re:New UN program (1, Funny)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 5 years ago | (#27326795)

Meanwhile the arab nations have kindly donated burka's to the americans and any other nation whose nation is to fat to be allowed to bare any skin.

One question remains.... (1)

netruner (588721) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318343)

Boxers or briefs?

Re:One question remains.... (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 5 years ago | (#27319741)

Or boxer-briefs?

Re:One question remains.... (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 5 years ago | (#27322887)

thong. These are for taking the wild side.

So, it doesn't stink... (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318355)

but what about pressure ulcers?

Thanks for posting this. (4, Funny)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318357)

I am sure this is of personal interest to many Slashdotters.

Re:Thanks for posting this. (1)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 5 years ago | (#27319105)

Only the ones who wear underwear. Personally, I forgo the underwear altogether and, sometimes, even take on some pants with no ass cheeks.

It is a little embarrassing the first few times going into a corporate meeting with new faces, but once you explain the advantages, everyone gets on board!

Re:Thanks for posting this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27319463)

Actually, as someone who not only reads Slashdot but also goes to the gym seven times a week to work out, I've got to say - yes, it definitely is of interest to me.

Re:Thanks for posting this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27324041)

I know this was written tongue in cheek, so to speak, but seriously, as someone who backpacks, this is an interesting development.

Ha, ha! The word I had to type in to post the comment was "stains".

Re:Thanks for posting this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27324695)

Actually, this is of interest to me. Not for myself, but getting my 5 year old to change her undies is like pulling hen's teeth! And the 2 year old wears the same outer clothes for days at a time (I can sometimes launder them when she's sleeping), so I suspect I'll have the same problem with undies as soon as she's wearing them, too...

Re:Thanks for posting this. (2, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27329027)

For many, many years years I've acted like my shit don't stink. Now, I can finally back that statement up.

The solution to hardcore WoW Raiders (3, Funny)

TreyGeek (1391679) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318391)

This will become a hot commodity with hardcore raiders in Warcraft.

"Bathroom breaks are for pansies. Pee in your undies. lol"

Re:The solution to hardcore WoW Raiders (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318917)

Hardcore raiders wear clothes while raiding?

Re:The solution to hardcore WoW Raiders (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27321553)

i know a few kids who could certainly use a poop sock made of this material

Skidmarks? (2, Funny)

Virtucon (127420) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318453)

Do they have some sort of built in skid mark eraser or what?

You can't go a week in those, no way!!

Re:Skidmarks? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27327803)

What you don't know is that the Japanese also sent up a bidet toilet seat attachment.

Look out Koichi, ... (1)

Bob-taro (996889) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318459)

Corporate thugs from Hanes will be waiting for you when you touch down.

Death of used girl panties? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27318461)

I think I hear screams from all those older japanese dudes who buy stinky used teen girl panties [google.ca]

One minor problem... (1)

LogarithmicSpiral (1463679) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318467)

Yes, even if this does work, you still have to deal the stench from the actual body. But maybe this just means you can shower as normal, yet only own one set of clothing. Hmm, the possibilities.

No more need for 365 pairs of underwear (1)

NecroBones (513779) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318523)

No more need for 365 pairs of underwear to get through the year. We can get away with 52.

Re:No more need for 365 pairs of underwear (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27319937)

well, i've always had 4 uses per pair of underwear: normal, reversed, inside-out, inside-out-reversed.

Problem. (1)

dov_0 (1438253) | more than 5 years ago | (#27318821)

Ummm, how will bachelors know the clean ones from the dirty ones if they don't stink?

Re:Problem. (4, Funny)

lordtoran (1063300) | more than 5 years ago | (#27320025)

They have a distinctive color texture and can be thrown like a frisbee.

Re:Problem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27326761)

after a wearing them for a week, they can stand up for themselves.

its called wool (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27319429)

As a backpacker I know all about high-tech fabrics designed to be worn multiple days in physically demanding conditions. The best choice is always wool. A high-quality merino wool undergarment will cost you $50+ but you can wear it for days without getting stinky, it's kind of amazing. I've tried various synthetics, including the fancy ones with silver threads incorporated into the fabric, none of them compare to good merino wool.

wool (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27319769)

those pants sounds very much like the merinowool underpants ive been wearing for years. They dont smell, are warm if they get wet, dont itch, they have excellent breathabillity drys quickly and probably cost 1/10 of the newly invented underwear.
But why stick with the natural materials?

4 Days = 4 Weeks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27320007)

And here to think that I was doing front wards back wards, inside out front wards and back wards, only getting 4 days out of it ! Now it can be 4 weeks !

Idleispants (2, Funny)

wildsurf (535389) | more than 5 years ago | (#27320151)

If ever 'idleispants' were an appropriate tag, this is it.

Re:Idleispants (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 5 years ago | (#27326555)

Though you've got to love how it's been tagged "idleispantsu" in japanese style.
For those who don't know, they tend to tag a vowel, normally "u", onto the end of borrowed words.

Re:Idleispants (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27329399)

as far as i can tell from experience, i'd say it's an 'o'.
as in: interneto, hardodisko

and it's the 'l's which are frequently replaced by "ru".
as in: zeruda, hoteru

Oh man (1)

courtjester801 (1415457) | more than 5 years ago | (#27320793)

How is this going to affect the used panty in a vending machine market?

Turns out (1)

rizole (666389) | more than 5 years ago | (#27321283)

Turns out Idle is pants after all.

Odor-Free Underwear? (1)

TrekkieTechie (1265532) | more than 5 years ago | (#27321763)

I'm surprised that the Japanese, of all people, would invent this given their fetish for "used schoolgirl panties".

Re:Odor-Free Underwear? (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#27321875)

Apparently not so much for "used grown man underpants". Go figure..

Am relieved (1)

kafka47 (801886) | more than 5 years ago | (#27322463)

That they even had time to create a custom pants logo for the story...

yoiii.

Extended wear-time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27323385)

What about inside-out and reversing front to back then the front-to-back-inside out? Does this give you 4-weeks of wear-time if we look at the old scale of 3 days * 4?

zOMGF! I'd only need 12 pair of budgie smugglers and 1 wash a year! Think of the water I'll save!!!1

Give them to the French: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27323777)

Wow, no sweat, no odor, good for days on end;
maybe we all won't hate the French after all.

Spencers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27324387)

What, the carbon filtered underwear not good enough for you, eh??

This is news?? (1)

blankslate (748549) | more than 5 years ago | (#27324927)

I can wear my undies for more than a week, and I'm not even an astronaut.

So you're saying that ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27325057)

Idleispantsu?

Anyone know why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27325847)

Why did this have to be tested in space? I know a few people could use them at home to test.

Pray tell (1)

codeButcher (223668) | more than 5 years ago | (#27325981)

The other astronauts become very sweaty, but he doesn't have any sweat. He didn't need to hang his clothes to dry.

How on earth ... err, I mean, off earth ... do you "hang clothes" in space?

Flame-resistant underwear? (1)

Logical Zebra (1423045) | more than 5 years ago | (#27327979)

Just why the bloody hell would you need your underwear to be flame-resistant?! I don't even want to think about what the hell you would need flame-resistant underoos for.

Re:Flame-resistant underwear? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27329329)

In case you're an habitual liar?

Re:Flame-resistant underwear? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27329609)

uh, in case there is a fire you will not burn off your junk

Best invention since deodorant (1)

averner (1341263) | more than 5 years ago | (#27328899)

This is the best invention for lazy people who don't like to shower twice a day since deodorant. I definitely want a pair.

Fire proof Underwear - Yaaa Hooo ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27332503)

YES - now I can light my farts without fear of scorching my butt hair. This is sure to be a huge teenage rave. And don't forget - not having to wash underwear at college. WOW !

wat next (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27332661)

this....... ah wat next flamable watches? mech, nah. some under-warter gun? shape-shifter?, nah, then wat?.

Merino's a no-no (1)

moorhens (564268) | more than 5 years ago | (#27339829)

Merino wool underpants have many of the same properties but are far too warm for long-distance cycling. Perhaps these new-fangled shreddies will be the answer. They won't stop the cyclist's distinctive aroma, but could be an answer to some of the bacterial problems that are neatly summed up in the phrases saddle sores and bum itch.
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