Japanese long-life space pants currently being tested
Call us old-fashioned or just plain old filthy, but we didn't think there was anything wrong with wearing the same pair of pants for a whole week. Obviously you turn them inside out on day 3 or 4 and once the week’s over, the pants are only fit to be burned (although they’re a bugger to light by that point) but as a rule, we thought a week was more or less the industry standard.
Turns out we’re wrong, although science could soon be along on its white charger with a rescue package for our dirty ways. A Japanese astronaut is currently on the International Space Station testing out some underpants that will comfortably last for the full week before they need to be changed.
The ‘J-ware’ pants, have inexplicably been developed at Japan Women's University in Tokyo, and can absorb moisture and kill bacteria, keeping you relatively fresh for longer. But why the outer-space testing? Will the smell really be too bad for Earth by the end of the week? Are they expecting them to explode if exposed to advanced levels of thigh-chafing? It’s all a mystery to us, but the astronaut in question, Koichi Wakata says, "Nobody has complained, so I think it's so far, so good."
Koichi, nobody has complained because they’ve all buggered off down to the International Space Station Social Club and they’re all keeping their helmets on.