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Is it there to stop the flow?

Posted by Malcolm in Sydney | October 7, 2008 3:12 PM

What a way to celebrate your birthday!

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | October 7, 2008 3:12 PM

awesome. i love s'mores.

Posted by tenspeed | October 7, 2008 3:12 PM

It's like the Seinfeld episode where Jerry puts the Pez dispenser on Elaine's leg and she cant stop laughing... That's what happened to me with this post. Fucking hilarious.

Posted by catnextdoor | October 7, 2008 3:12 PM

Someone was fighting for her rights.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 7, 2008 3:12 PM

Yes, Dan. It's a tampon. Women use them when they have their periods to catch their menstrual blood so it doesn't go on their undergarments. That's all. It's going to be ok.

Posted by Just a Tampon | October 7, 2008 3:14 PM

It's an escaped albino lab rat. The experiment went horribly wrong.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | October 7, 2008 3:16 PM

It's not just a tampon. It's a metaphor. Like the Incredible Hulk.

Posted by Jen | October 7, 2008 3:17 PM

Is it weird that I know exactly what "make" and "model" of tampon that is?

Posted by Carollani | October 7, 2008 3:18 PM

OMG it's getting away!

Posted by Chickenfox | October 7, 2008 3:18 PM

Women carry tampons in their handbags. Sometimes tampons unravel when rolling around in a handbag. Unravelled tampons sometimes fall or are tossed from a handbag into the gutter.

Posted by Lucky | October 7, 2008 3:19 PM

But... why is it only HALF a tampon, that is the real question here. What happened to the other half?


Why is it a very short, very stubby tampon?

Posted by SDizzle | October 7, 2008 3:22 PM

Why are tampon strings blue?

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 7, 2008 3:23 PM

It's a prop. The 5th Avenue is putting on a production of "Carrie: The Musical"

Posted by michael strangeways | October 7, 2008 3:25 PM

Hah! I thought it was a mouselike toy for cats. I never saw an open tampon before. Huh.

Posted by Brendan | October 7, 2008 3:26 PM

it isn't a half-tampon, it's an OB tampon and they are compact in size with minimal packaging as to do their part in being better for the enviroment.

Posted by angelika | October 7, 2008 3:27 PM

It's an applicator-free o.b. tampon (and looks to be super!)

Posted by Kay | October 7, 2008 3:28 PM

@12--It's an OB tampon. They are short n' stubby, versus Tampax, which are long n' thin. Different makes and models for different menstruating needs. These are the posts where you see how glaringly full of gay men slog is. Aw!

Posted by Just a Tampon | October 7, 2008 3:29 PM

Nice Birthday post! Have a good one!

Posted by hillpagan | October 7, 2008 3:30 PM

this makes me wonder...umm.. is it good form for mens to keep a stash of tampons in the medicine cabinet, just in case a woman might happen to need one when she's visiting ? and if so what size would be best .. you know.. for emergencies.. do women have these emergencies?

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | October 7, 2008 3:36 PM

I have a machine up in my house, Riz. I might as well make some money off the situation.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 7, 2008 3:41 PM

can we get a pic of a good old super flow Kotex, they are still in use I think, that is in the should be disposed of phase - ie. folded, caked on the edges and very bloody in the middle

the gay boys will freak and have bad flashes just in time for Halloween

Posted by Ken | October 7, 2008 3:41 PM

@20: Women do have these emergencies, but when they do they don't nitpick over brands. It's awfully sweet of you to consider.

Posted by Carollani | October 7, 2008 3:52 PM

at least it's not bloody like the one i've been walking past every day for a month.

Posted by yarf | October 7, 2008 4:01 PM

Best comment thread EVAR!

So, to answer the question- YES keep tampons in your house, just in case. I know men who do this and they get laid more than those who dont. Theoretically.

Posted by catnextdoor | October 7, 2008 4:02 PM

"If men had periods, every bachelor apartment would look like a murder scene." Margaret Cho

Posted by Just a Tampon | October 7, 2008 4:07 PM

We used to soak them in tea and hang them from the christmas tree. We were REBELS.

Posted by Fnarf | October 7, 2008 4:09 PM

Wow. I'd had no idea what that was until I read the comments.

Posted by James | October 7, 2008 4:19 PM

"If men had periods, you know they'd be havin' the RED PARTY." Margaret Cho

Posted by Non | October 7, 2008 4:33 PM

Have to admit, sometimes it's nice to take a break from the politics, sex, religion, and pit bulls and just laugh about a tampon in the street.

Posted by Lavode | October 7, 2008 4:39 PM

Jeebus, I know a lot of Slog posters are not tampon users nor do they mate with tampon users, but for heaven's sakes, did none of you have sisters? Have you truly never seen one before? You never stole tampons from your sisters and strewed them in conspicuous locations when you were, like, six, and still thought stray tampons were funny? (ahem)

And as to why it's thick and stubby, well, because long and thin doesn't do a whole hell of a lot to actually stop menstrual flow from just flows down the side. There's not a lot of benefit to a tampon being any longer than necessary. I've never understood Tampax' design. Nor have I ever understood the point of tampon applicators; what, are they for women who are afraid to touch their own vulvas?

Posted by Geni | October 7, 2008 4:46 PM

It's one of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man's sperm.

Posted by breklor | October 7, 2008 4:48 PM

Rorschachianly, it makes me wonder where urban animals try not to die.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | October 7, 2008 4:50 PM

Seriously, Dan. I have seen this everywhere...all the's not uncommon. Women use tampons. Women carry purses. Sometimes tampons fall out of purses. I'm sorry you were frightened.

Posted by Emmakat | October 7, 2008 4:56 PM

I swear I saw it on Spring Street

Posted by 4f...sake | October 7, 2008 4:59 PM


AWWWwwwww. I want to go out with you.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 7, 2008 5:15 PM

@20: riz, your mama raised you right, looking after your lady friends like that.

Posted by kerri harrop | October 7, 2008 5:33 PM


(old joke.)

Posted by rob | October 7, 2008 5:41 PM

That tampon didn't just fall out of someone's purse. OB tampons are tightly sealed in plastic. It would be much smaller and still sealed if it had fallen out of someone's purse.

Unless some urban squirrel came along, used its tiny tiny paws to unwrap it and, discovering it was not food, discarded it to absorb the gutter dew whereby it plumped up in that "wow super absorbent" way that tampons have.

p.s. Geni, totally agree on the Tampax applicator thing. I hate the plastic ones too. I'm an OB girl. (But I was nowhere near 6th and Union today.) Oh, that was probably too much information. Whatever.

Posted by PopTart | October 7, 2008 5:41 PM

Oh for crying out loud, he didn't say he was frightened. He took a picture of it and said where he found it.

I'm a girl. I use tampons. I don't want to see them on the street either, whether or not they've been used. Why didn't the sloppy bitch pick it up after she dropped it?

Posted by Tracy | October 7, 2008 5:48 PM

@38: Sorry. Nobody will get that. Blame pre-debate pre-emptive drunkness on my part.

--Lady in drugstore tries to inquire discretely of the cashier where she might find the Tampax. He unthinkingly gets on the P.A. system and blurts out the question. Old stock-guy in the back room mis-hears, thinks they are looking for thumbtacks, gets on the P.A. and says, "IS THAT THE KIND THAT YOU PUSH IN WITH YOUR THUMB OR THE KIND THAT YOU POUND IN WITH A HAMMER?"

Posted by rob | October 7, 2008 5:55 PM

Oh my God, that tampon is so honest. I ache for it.

Posted by Jen Graves | October 7, 2008 8:01 PM

Hmm. I think that I would think it was weird if some bachelor dude had tampons in his bathroom. Maybe if we had been dating for a few months, it would be sweet...

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 7, 2008 8:15 PM

it's a metaphor for the mccain campaign: unused tampon in the gutter. the end.

Posted by ellarosa | October 7, 2008 8:36 PM

@20: Most ladies prefer their tampons to be aired-out and conveniently located, regardless of brand. So, simply throw a handful in the gutter outside your house. Your lady friends will thank you!

Posted by Ariel | October 7, 2008 8:51 PM

Regardless of its reason for being, I still think its a beautiful picture.

And I have learned way more about tampons than I ever knew...I thought there was just the Tampax style....sweet jesus...

Posted by Dean Venture | October 7, 2008 9:22 PM

Tampons with applicators are great gateway tampons for beginners. I know when I hit puberty, I was way too freaked to be putting my finger in there. If you're going to go for applicators though, Playtex is WAY more comfortable than Tampax, which aren't even rounded. End $0.02.

Posted by Amy | October 7, 2008 10:39 PM

I've seen tampons yes but never one quite that puffy before. Isn't that string curiously long to be a tampon? I'm not completely sure if we have this right or not.

Posted by Paul | October 8, 2008 5:46 AM

Everyone's in such a bloody hurry.

Posted by Bees | October 8, 2008 7:22 AM

"If men bled, would tampons be free?" - Steven Tyler in Rolling Stone (years ago)

Posted by threnody | October 8, 2008 10:30 PM

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