bananen_frucht.jpg Berkeley already gets a fair amount of credit for being the originator of a lot of stuff. A couple of elements were discovered at Cal, and you probably won’t find tree-sitters–or Code Pink-ers–anywhere else. What Berkeley doesn’t get nearly enough credit for, however, is the fact that it is the official, recognized and fully supportive birthplace of National Condom Week. The week kicks off quite appropriately on Valentine’s Day, and goes until the 21st.

What started out in 1978 as a purely one-campus phenomenon exploded into a nationwide excuse for people to discuss “doin’ it” for a whole seven days. Now, schools and other organizations take National Condom Week as a serious cue to educate young’uns about the evils of unsafe sex–like STDs and, obviously, pregnancy. (Remember that scene in “Mean Girls?” Yeah, kind of like that.) In spite of some of the potential heaviness, there’s at least one major perk (ha) with this whole thing. Planned Parenthoods in the area are giving away free condoms in honor of the occasion. And, if you want to get really into it, you can even go to their website to take the Condom Quiz! We know we learned things we never knew we never knew.

So, in conclusion, what we’re trying to say is that National Condom Week is just another reason you should have school spirit. Now take some rubbers.

Image: Darkone under Creative Commons
National Condom Week [Website]
Planned Parenthood Golden Gate [Website]

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