It was only a matter of time. I believe it was written in the stars that eventually someone would come along make various "Netflix and Chill" related products. And the mother of all those products has got to be the condom.
So just in case you set up a date with someone where the implication is to "Netflix and Chill", you can be assured that there will be absolutely no misunderstanding about what's going down. Y'know just in case the invite itself wasn't clear enough.
However weird this is it still isn't the weirdest "themed" condom ever designed. That honor is reserved for the seasonally themed pumpkin spiced condom.
According to NPR, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics ordered 160,000 condoms to be distributed among the athletes. However, The Tokyo 2020Olympic rulebook asks athletes to avoid physical contact, including hugs and handshakes, as well as keep physical interactions with others "to a minimum." Though over 11,000 athletes from around the world are competing in the Summer Games, the Olympic Village can only lodge a maximum of 6,700.
The Olympics' condom tradition
Condoms have been widely distributed at the Olympics since the 1988 Summer Games, when they were given out to prevent HIV at the height of the AIDS epidemic, according to Time Magazine.
However, Olympians at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro reportedly received the most condoms on record. As many 450,000 condoms were distributed.
How many condoms will Tokyo Olympians receive?
If organizers distribute 160,000 condoms in Tokyo, each Olympian will receive an average of about 14 condoms for the duration of the Games, scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, for 17 days.
The Tokyo organizing committee told AFP that, though the condoms will be distributed to athletes in spite of COVID-19, they shouldn't be used at the Olympic Village — they're intended for athletes to bring back home to help them raise awareness for the Olympics' campaign for safe sex.
Will athletes end up using the condoms?
Olympians are no strangers to dating, particularly when surrounded by the most elite athletes in the world. In a 2014 interview with US Weekly, Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson said that Tinder at the Sochi Olympic Village was "next level."
Anderson said she had to delete Tinder in order to focus on her sport.
In 2012, American swimmer Ryan Lochte said that "70% to 75%" of Olympians had sex during the Games.
"Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do," Lochte told ESPN.
According to Reuters, more than 67 people affiliated with the Olympics have tested positive for COVID-19 since they began arriving in Tokyo on July 1.
Teleport is a new video speed-dating platform where you get set up with five people that you share similarities with and get to go on five dates in 30 minutes.
Afterwards, you're able to continue messaging the people you met during the dates if you both chose the option to keep talking to one another.
It is designed for people of all sexual orientations.
To get paired up, you get yourself a "ticket" for different events that pique your interest, such as one called "Outdoor Adventure anyone?" then you will get to meet people who also signed up for the same event when it begins.
Teleport will officially launch in Montreal on June 17 at 8 p.m. and you'll be able to start signing up for events that evening, which will allow you to go on dates with people of similar interests.
"Starting June 17th, we will have weekly events on Thursdays, 8 pm where people are smartly paired," Teleport told MTL Blog.
Why do the creators think Teleport is necessary in today's world?
The creators of Teleport, Chad Goodman, Tyler Greenberg and Michael Ding have been working on the app for two years now. "We completely evolved the way you meet new people," the creators told MTL Blog.
"The future of social is live, in the moment, and as exciting as the real world. We believe that the best encounters are face-to-face. When you can see their smile, hear their voice, and feel their energy."
"Swiping right will never replace that magic. But, swiping and texting have replaced real connections. The very apps that seek to bring us together are what are making us feel so alone."
They concluded by saying, "Dating should be exciting, in the moment, and face-to-face, not a mindless game, swiping on fake profiles. Teleport is inspired by the real world, and we believe that it’s the first real dating app.”
How can I make a Teleport profile?
Once Teleport launches on June 17, you'll be able to go to either the website or the app, which you can find under "Teleport Dating: Video Events" on the Apple App Store, and start building your profile.
When creating your Teleport profile, you'll be asked different questions like your star sign, how often you exercise, "do you enjoy drinking?" and more to help the team at Teleport get to know you better.
You can also write a bio about yourself and add various photos.
Once your profile is all set up, you can take a look at the events happening for Montreal and see which ones you'd be interested in video chatting people at!
Over 1,600 people have signed the petition and are supported by Mayor Valérie Plante, who wrote a letter to the Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, imploring the government to help preserve Chinatown.
The petition states that "Chinatown of Montreal faces an imminent danger of gentrification and real estate speculation, raising fears for the future of its residents, businesses, associations and services to the community, but also for the survival of a rich heritage part of which has already been destroyed by real estate projects."