Haha, it’s April Fool’s day again. Period! looks back at the menstruation-themed hoaxes of the last three years.
2013: Manage your manliness
On the first of April 2013, Juniper, a company offering a monthly subscription service of tampons and treats to women, came up with a service for men: Juniper Vault. Instead of monthly, the man-pack would only be delivered every decade. And instead of sanitary pads and tampons, it’d contain ‘manly essentials’ such as a lighter with 36 separate microfuel channels, motor oil moisturising lotion and a beard trimmer with a 120cc motor. According to Juniper, it was ‘the manliest way to manage your manliness’.
2014: Tampons statue painted white
On April Fool’s Day 2014, the American Daily Pennsylvanian newspaper declared that the red statue on High Rise Field campus, known as the ‘duelling tampons’, would be painted white. The idea came from student ‘Tammy Paxton’ who perceived red as a messy colour, often associated with pain. The article contained more menstruation references: a director being worried about the original red paint bleeding through, monthly evaluations, and the project being ‘a bit of an emotional issue which created headache and fatigue’.
2015: Left handed tampon
Last year, Kotex introduced a tampon especially made for left-handed women. The LeftStrong grip would ‘mold to your left hand’, whereas the smooth tip would ‘shout the names of famous lefties before insertion’. The sanitary brand also came up with special applicators for lefties. The packaging box would include a special left-handed scissors so only left handed people could open it. The reason for the new invention according to Kotex? ‘92% of lefties think it’s easier to teach their man about periods than to insert a tampon.’
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