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05-11-2007, 13:20:27
20. Condom, 1640

Egyptians donned them 3,000 years ago and the 16th-century Italian gynaecologist Gabriele Falloppio (he of the tubes) first advocated their use to prevent the spread of disease. The earliest remains of a condom, which date from 1640, were discovered in Dudley. In modern times, condoms, which until the 1960s were made from animal gut, have allowed generations of couples to avoid unwanted pregnancies and saved an inestimable number of lives by preventing the spread of diseases such as Aids.

101 gadgets that changed the world (http://news.independent.co.uk/sci_tech/article3119141.ece)

Skimming through, it seems quite an interesting list really. At least one glaring historical error spotted in the Gore-Tex entry - are there others?