August 11, 2002

A 21-foot long condom has been placed on the Cerne Abbas Giant, a giant fertility symbol cut into a hillside in southern England.

In a publicity stunt carried out by the Family Planning Association to raise sexual health awareness, the 197-foot (60-metre) tall figure famous for its erect phallus was adorned with the huge sheath in the eary hours of Monday.

The image, etched into the chalk rock of a Dorset hillside, is believed to date from the second millennium BC. At least one couple claim to have cured their infertility by making love in its one-foot-wide trenches.

"It does get used rather by people doing stunts...we just hope it doesn't do any damage," said a spokesman for the National Trust, which owns the chalk man. He added, however, "We've got a sense of humour too." - Thanks to Ellen at for the link!

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