This is the most perplexing story I've found for my newscast this week.
People in China are making hair ties and rubber bands out of used condoms.
The recycled rubbers are popular because they're colorful and cheap.
I'm all for recycling, but this takes the reduce-reuse concept to a whole new level.
A super-gross level.
Here's a snippet from USA Today:
"There are a lot of bacteria and viruses on the rubber bands and hair ties made from used condoms," a dermatologist at the Guangzhou Hospital of Armed Police, who asked to be identified by his surname Dong, told the local paper. "People could be infected with AIDS, warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while weaving their hair into plaits or buns."