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(BBC-US)   Meet the school dropout who developed a simple machine that makes low-cost sanitary products for poor Indian women...and also creates jobs   (bbc.com) divider line 56
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2014-03-05 12:28:20 AM
Now if they would make one big enough for the entire Ganges river, all of their problems would be solved.
 
2014-03-05 12:28:23 AM
Well that was simultaneously fascinating and disturbing.  Fasturbing? Disturbinating?
 
2014-03-05 12:32:16 AM
FTA: "I would not even use it to clean my scooter."

Did he mean to say cooter?
 
2014-03-05 12:32:24 AM
the best invention so far this period.
 
2014-03-05 12:35:49 AM
Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
'cause you you gave me napkins with wings.
 
2014-03-05 12:36:31 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-05 12:36:56 AM
This should cut down on bear attack deaths in India and that's just cool. Period.
 
2014-03-05 12:50:37 AM
That entire story, hands down, summarizes the entire crazy that is rural India.  But good on that one crazy guy for coming up with a great idea.
 
2014-03-05 12:50:47 AM
am i too late to make any period jokes?
 
2014-03-05 12:51:20 AM
Wow.

I would not be surprise to see a movie based on his work in the next few years, I hope Hollywood does not take advantage of him as he could do a hell of a lot of good with the money.
 
2014-03-05 12:52:03 AM
"It was instant glory, media flashing in my face, everything" he says. "The irony is, after five-and-a-half years I get a call on my mobile - the voice huskily says: Remember me?"
It was his wife, Shanthi.

 
And he said, "LOL NOPE."

/Or should have.
 
2014-03-05 12:56:02 AM
The high school dropout I went to school with is a multi-millionaire.

Source: My Mom did his books.

Alternate source: I knew he'd be awesome.
 
2014-03-05 12:56:09 AM
Indian, you need a period.
 
2014-03-05 12:56:10 AM
That was really an amazing story.

I had no idea it was such a complicated issue in some places. I'm glad it worked out for him, because he risked (and lost, at least temporarily) a lot.
 
2014-03-05 01:00:43 AM

thursdaypostal: That was really an amazing story.


While at the same time surprisingly depressing...
 
2014-03-05 01:01:12 AM
Reasons he can't be a Job Creator

1) Not rich
2) Brown
3) Not fundamentalist Christian
4) There is no rule number #4
 
2014-03-05 01:04:17 AM
Good for him i guess...

What did our species do before we even had clothes and stuff? I mean a tribe of protohumans out on the african savanna, in close groups womens cycles sync up, so one week a month half the tribe is leaving trails of blood all over, attracting lions and shiat? I understand the evolutionary advantages and tradeoffs in humans somewhat unique reproductive setup, but actual menstruation seems like a terrible thing from a predation standpoint.
 
2014-03-05 01:04:30 AM

nulluspixiusdemonica: thursdaypostal: That was really an amazing story.

While at the same time surprisingly depressing...


What part? The part where he was offended that the product had a 4000% markup over material cost, so he created a process that only has a 2500% markup?
 
2014-03-05 01:05:22 AM
Thank god a teenage girl has invented a way to dispense Cheetah-flavored crack cocaine.
 
2014-03-05 01:06:16 AM

super_grass: Now if they would make one big enough for the entire Ganges river, all of their problems would be solved.


Who is "they" and how does that relate to a river?  You are an idiot.
 
2014-03-05 01:09:22 AM

Cyno01: Good for him i guess...

What did our species do before we even had clothes and stuff? I mean a tribe of protohumans out on the african savanna, in close groups womens cycles sync up, so one week a month half the tribe is leaving trails of blood all over, attracting lions and shiat? I understand the evolutionary advantages and tradeoffs in humans somewhat unique reproductive setup, but actual menstruation seems like a terrible thing from a predation standpoint.


Maybe that's when it was easy hunting!  The meat comes to you!

Or maybe that's why we learned to herd animals - to keep the predators off our wimmins while they were advertising an easy meal.
 
2014-03-05 01:13:52 AM

tomerson: super_grass: Now if they would make one big enough for the entire Ganges river, all of their problems would be solved.

Who is "they" and how does that relate to a river?  You are an idiot.


You haven't read the article or know about the world outside of the basement, have you?
 
2014-03-05 01:16:40 AM
That man IS a hero.

And I wonder how I read the article with entirely mature, adult interest.  Didn't guffaw, snicker, chortle or snort throughout the whole thing.
 
2014-03-05 01:23:42 AM
That dude is hysterical.
 
2014-03-05 01:32:19 AM
Does this mean the red dot is going away?
 
2014-03-05 01:36:24 AM

Stinkyy: Didn't guffaw, snicker, chortle or snort throughout the whole thing.


I did laugh when it talked about how little he knew about periods.

I guess I take sex ed for granted.
 
2014-03-05 01:36:39 AM
Indian with a feather or a period?
 
2014-03-05 01:41:33 AM

Cyno01: Good for him i guess...

What did our species do before we even had clothes and stuff? I mean a tribe of protohumans out on the african savanna, in close groups womens cycles sync up, so one week a month half the tribe is leaving trails of blood all over, attracting lions and shiat? I understand the evolutionary advantages and tradeoffs in humans somewhat unique reproductive setup, but actual menstruation seems like a terrible thing from a predation standpoint.


I imagine they would have used leaves. I can't imagine that even protohuman women would want to awl around bleeding all over everything. It's an uncomfortable feeling at the very least.
 
2014-03-05 01:44:06 AM
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2014-03-05 01:45:32 AM

DeadMouseTails: Cyno01: Good for him i guess...

What did our species do before we even had clothes and stuff? I mean a tribe of protohumans out on the african savanna, in close groups womens cycles sync up, so one week a month half the tribe is leaving trails of blood all over, attracting lions and shiat? I understand the evolutionary advantages and tradeoffs in humans somewhat unique reproductive setup, but actual menstruation seems like a terrible thing from a predation standpoint.

I imagine they would have used leaves. I can't imagine that even protohuman women would want to awl around bleeding all over everything. It's an uncomfortable feeling at the very least.


Now there's an understatement: I couldn't even begin to consider how painful it would be to use a leather punch on yourself so you could lace up leaves between the curtains.

*clicks Add Comment, closes eyes and flinches away*
 
2014-03-05 01:53:04 AM

demaL-demaL-yeH: DeadMouseTails: Cyno01: Good for him i guess...

What did our species do before we even had clothes and stuff? I mean a tribe of protohumans out on the african savanna, in close groups womens cycles sync up, so one week a month half the tribe is leaving trails of blood all over, attracting lions and shiat? I understand the evolutionary advantages and tradeoffs in humans somewhat unique reproductive setup, but actual menstruation seems like a terrible thing from a predation standpoint.

I imagine they would have used leaves. I can't imagine that even protohuman women would want to awl around bleeding all over everything. It's an uncomfortable feeling at the very least.

Now there's an understatement: I couldn't even begin to consider how painful it would be to use a leather punch on yourself so you could lace up leaves between the curtains.

*clicks Add Comment, closes eyes and flinches away*


Lord. Not reading before posting, while drinking.
 
2014-03-05 01:54:08 AM
This disgusting article brought to you by India, the 'civilized' country where 60% of the population shiats on the open ground and they throw corpses in the river where they get their drinking water.
 
2014-03-05 02:03:20 AM
I remember seeing an image of a young African bush woman placing a type of pad made of leaves and other material for her period.... which she only got 3x a year. The caption mentioned that the low-fat diets of the bush people cause menstruation to happen very infrequently. I wish there had been more information, and I wish that I could remember where I saw it.

I used to work in a college textbook store, so I am going to guess that I was bored on a Saturday and perusing the anthro texts.
 
2014-03-05 02:17:46 AM
 
2014-03-05 02:32:12 AM

Shazam999: Does this mean the red dot is going away?


Didn't you read TFA where the guy invented a new kind of bingo marker?
 
2014-03-05 02:45:37 AM
Talk about perseverance. Cripes!

That was a really interesting read. I think the guy took back the wife a little too easily (although we don't get the details there, and you can kinda see how she got fed up with all the harassment).

Good on him.
 
2014-03-05 02:56:33 AM
Menses only happens when a woman is not pregnant. For many women, breastfeeding a child also causes amenorrhea. So your "half the tribe" estimate is pretty dodgy, as only recently have women been able to throw off the chains of constant pregnancy.  Prepubescent children, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and elderly women would not get periods. Of the young and middle aged women left over, they have to be eating a diet rich enough in fat to ovulate and menstruate.
As far as your 'for a week' estimate, the range of days a woman menstruates varies quite a bit, from two up to seven days. Of that, usually only half are usually heavy flow days.
I believe the more interesting question is WHY humans have monthly menses and other mammals do not, not what women did to manage their 'feminine hygiene' in the past.
 
2014-03-05 03:08:49 AM
iwantamonkey:
I believe the more interesting question is WHY humans have monthly menses and other mammals do not, not what women did to manage their 'feminine hygiene' in the past.

Horses come into heat monthly.
 
2014-03-05 03:56:05 AM
Leaving this here for research scholars

Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation
 
2014-03-05 04:04:34 AM

Stinkyy: That man IS a hero.

And I wonder how I read the article with entirely mature, adult interest.  Didn't guffaw, snicker, chortle or snort throughout the whole thing.


I did. And was hoping for a link to send him some money.
 
2014-03-05 05:25:54 AM

Cyno01: Good for him i guess...

What did our species do before we even had clothes and stuff? I mean a tribe of protohumans out on the african savanna, in close groups womens cycles sync up, so one week a month half the tribe is leaving trails of blood all over, attracting lions and shiat? I understand the evolutionary advantages and tradeoffs in humans somewhat unique reproductive setup, but actual menstruation seems like a terrible thing from a predation standpoint.


Science has revealed that their cycles don't synchronize, so your point is moot.
 
2014-03-05 06:04:49 AM

enthralledgeishagirl: Leaving this here for research scholars

Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation


Ooooooh, just queued it up on my wish list. THX.
 
2014-03-05 06:13:50 AM

China White Tea: "It was instant glory, media flashing in my face, everything" he says. "The irony is, after five-and-a-half years I get a call on my mobile - the voice huskily says: Remember me?"
It was his wife, Shanthi.
 
And he said, "LOL NOPE."

/Or should have.


I'm not sure I could be so forgiving of a spouse, even in a country where divorce is difficult.
 
2014-03-05 06:29:58 AM
With all that negative support and misery from the women its a miracle anything positive happened at all , but the good thing he will learn that in time!
 
2014-03-05 06:47:40 AM
(FTFA)
"low-cost sanitary napkins - a hot-cake product"
Mmmmmm Hotcakes!
 
2014-03-05 07:36:01 AM
Ewwwwww.....

Good on him
 
2014-03-05 08:08:57 AM

thursdaypostal: That was really an amazing story.

I had no idea it was such a complicated issue in some places. I'm glad it worked out for him, because he risked (and lost, at least temporarily) a lot.


My memory of women's bathroom floors in India is that they are covered with dirty pads. So disgusting! The worst was a train station between Calcutta and Darjeeling.

He should include proper disposal instructions along with his product.

/css
 
2014-03-05 08:16:14 AM
So they really do have sand in their vaginas over there?
 
Biv
2014-03-05 09:23:36 AM
Purchasers may not even need any money - many women barter for onions and potatoes.

31.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-05 09:32:26 AM

highwayrun: Shazam999: Does this mean the red dot is going away?

Didn't you read TFA where the guy invented a new kind of bingo marker?


Yeah but you can only refill it once a month.
 
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