Finally, a use for those stupid wrist bands?

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    Mar 10, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
    After seeing everyone wearing those dumb silicone wrist bands at a football game, Kim Anderson at Oregon State University got the idea to dissolve a few of them and see if they might provide a record of what sorts of airborne pollutants the wearer had been exposed to.
    http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/web/2014/03/Silicone-Bracelets-Find-New-Purpose.html

    The standard way to measure personal exposure is to wear a clunky back-pack device all day. Instead, she got a few groups of people to just wear a new bracelet for a month, then collected and analyzed them.
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es405022f?source=cen

    If it works, it would be a relatively cheap and effortless way to keep track of your personal exposure.

    It's not the first time that this sort thing has been tried. Similar gadgets based on solid-state absorption have been submerged in streams to try to detect small concentrations of pesticides. But in a dynamic environment, it's not so straight-forward to go from detecting something to figuring out how much of it was there, or when it was there. And also there have been some set-backs due to one or two greedy guys filing bogus patents on the idea.

    For decades, I have been measuring things this way in more stable environments (of course, I'm not the only one.) For example to measure soil gases, I just bury some ping-pong balls at different depths and leave them for a few months to equilibrate. I've used the same general technique to measure chemical gradients in lakes and aquifers.

    It also reminds me of an athlete that I read about - I can't remember if he was a surfer or a football player. Possibly both. He used his cowrie-shell necklace as a personal injury monitor. After he'd gotten smashed up, he figured that if none of the cowrie-shells were broken, he probably didn't need to go to the hospital. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 10, 2014 8:32 PM GMT
    I guess it gives them a purpose.
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    Mar 23, 2014 9:33 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI thought someone here was gonna say they work well as cock rings.....


    You win the internet today, sir! Well played!
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    Mar 23, 2014 9:57 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    TheQuest said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI thought someone here was gonna say they work well as cock rings.....


    You win the internet today, sir! Well played!


    Really?

    So what's my prize?!



    What do you want your prize to be?

  • tj85016

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    Mar 24, 2014 4:10 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    TheQuest said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI thought someone here was gonna say they work well as cock rings.....


    You win the internet today, sir! Well played!


    Really?

    So what's my prize?!


    a shiney new RealJock wrist band
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    Mar 24, 2014 4:30 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI thought someone here was gonna say they work well as cock rings.....

    I was gonna say that. But I can't pull off that sort of comment. icon_lol.gif
  • ncaahockey

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    Mar 28, 2014 3:37 PM GMT
    They work GREAT as a cockring!
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    Mar 28, 2014 3:42 PM GMT
    ncaahockey saidThey work GREAT as a cockring!


    I'd REALLY love to see you model one.

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    Mar 28, 2014 4:06 PM GMT
    I can only imagine the pollutant exposure your cockrings would register, you ho's. icon_wink.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 28, 2014 4:16 PM GMT
    I was in doing an interview for my "Spirit of Fitness" weekly fitness program and a trainer who I interviewed had wristbands in all colors of the rainbow.. of course I had to ask the purpose of it all and it was all in self promotion. Interesting... he is a straight guy, um, apparently.
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    Mar 29, 2014 1:12 PM GMT
    Either ya'll got some really small wrists, or some reallllly big cocks! icon_eek.gif

    Wouldn't you have to double it up to get snug?
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    Mar 29, 2014 1:15 PM GMT
    It says the volunteers wore the wristbands "continuously" and that things the researchers detected included "personal care products" which I take to be wash soaps & detergents during showers and from hand washing and cleaning chores throughout the day.

    If that's the case, I wonder if these products alter other chemicals the wristbands are absorbing, and therefore skew the findings. I didn't read if this technique had been compared & verified against the existing backpack "gold standard" as it was called.
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    Mar 29, 2014 1:36 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Either ya'll got some really small wrists, or some reallllly big cocks! icon_eek.gif

    Wouldn't you have to double it up to get snug?

    Actually those wristbands are usually too small for me, both on my wrist and as cockrings. (Yes, I've tried)

    Seems I have some kind of body dysmorphia, which is believed to affect some anorexics. I THINK my wrists are thin & spindly. But if I try to wear my husband's wristwatches some of the bands are too small.

    Yet when we compare our wrist sizes, side by side, my eye still sees his wrist as being much bigger than mine. Likewise when I get a new leather band for one of my own watches I often have to get a special large size, a regular won't fit me.

    I find it the strangest thing that my eyes are lying to me, despite hard evidence. But it helps me to understand when starving anorexics will stand in front of a mirror and insist that they look fat. To their eyes they are, just like my thick wrists look like sticks to me. Yet they can't accept one of those silicone wristbands that others can wear, which is the proof my eyes deny.

    In fact, earlier this month I was issued a vendor's ID wristband at the Pride Fest, and I had to use the next to last perforation to make the clasp lock. My husband's band had several more holes to spare. And I still think his wrist looks way bigger than mine. icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 30, 2014 1:06 PM GMT
    They do work great as cock rings and have found no need to double up.
  • Midas426

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    Mar 30, 2014 3:08 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidIt says the volunteers wore the wristbands "continuously" and that things the researchers detected included "personal care products" which I take to be wash soaps & detergents during showers and from hand washing and cleaning chores throughout the day.

    If that's the case, I wonder if these products alter other chemicals the wristbands are absorbing, and therefore skew the findings. I didn't read if this technique had been compared & verified against the existing backpack "gold standard" as it was called.
    Yes. I was wondering the same thing as I don't think the alternative of not showering for a month would be a great option.