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April 2001 Vol. 16, No. 4   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Flotsam & Jetsam

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What men say about cold water is true : A water management problem in a dry suit that the underwear cannot be expected to manage is urine. The Canadian Navy uses adult incontinence diapers. This may seem a bit silly at first until you need them and then you realize how well they work. They also work for both sexes. Other navies have been known to use condoms that drain through a valve in the suit. These are obviously only good for men and have been known to slip off when the user gets cold. (Dave Eaton, Canadas Defence Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine ( DCIEM).

Better than narcosis : A Frenchman visiting India thought he had discovered a new use for scuba tanks, so he took two to Indonesia. When he arrived, security officers turned the valves and found them empty of air of course they should be, when transported by plane but they removed the valves anyhow and found 370 packets of hashish weighing 8.5 lbs. The French national told the judges that the tanks belonged to a friend in Bombay, and he knew nothing about the hashish. In fact he had used the tanks for diving several times before bringing them to Indonesia. The judges sentenced the 27-year-old to life in prison. There was no word about whether he got a hashish high while diving with loaded tanks.

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