Exercise Might Protect Against Breast Cancer
A Norwegian study provides strong evidence that exercise,
especially in women right before or
after menopause, protects against breast cancer, as
reported in a recent New England Journal
of Medicine article. Although the mechanism is not known, it may be that by reducing excess body weight,
exercise indirectly reduces estrogen production, which
is linked to breast cancer. Many studies have shown a link between exercise
and the reduction of breast cancer.
In what I envision as an annual event (at least, and I hope the award increases), I want to announce a contest for researching the early history of commercial tampons, this year's theme.
Contest #1 (Prize: $249.99): Find the earliest reference (patents excluded), at the latest in the 1930s, to the American tampon fax, which I have discussed on this site. I suspect that fax appeared on the market in the early 1930s or late 1920s. Your reference, which might be an advertisement, must be dated, or the date must be obvious in some way. For example, an advertisement might be found in a dated newspaper or magazine, or an associated news item might refer to a contemporary event or person. Obviously, the reference must be authentic and must withstand strong scholarly scrutiny as to its date and authenticity; this decision rests with Harry Finley - me - director of the Museum of Menstruation. Click here for some hints to start you off!
Contest #2 (Prize: $249.99): Find the earliest reference to a commercially produced tampon (patents excluded) before Wix, and not including fax (see above). The time in question is in or before 1933, and most likely in the U.S.A. This reference, just as in Contest #1, must be dated, and might be an advertisement in a dated newspaper or magazine; an associated news item might refer to a contemporary event or person. Obviously, the reference must be authentic and must withstand strong scholarly scrutiny as to its date and authenticity; this decision rests with Harry Finley - me - director of the Museum of Menstruation.
In each case, the person submitting an authentic reference with the earliest date wins the money, together with a museum T-shirt (if I have your size!) and a fancy, framed certificate. I will write something in this Web site about the contest after it's over, announce the winners, etc. Harry Finley of this museum makes the final decision as to who wins.
You may submit as many entries as you wish, but they must be postmarked on or before 31 December 1997. In other words, you have the rest of the year! Send them to Harry Finley at the post office box address listed on the first page.
Your entries must clearly show the reference, even if it's just a photocopy. It's possible that later you will be required to submit a photo, written report about the reference, notarized document, etc., to support the entry. You must convince me.
In case of ties - two entries giving references the same date - the entry dated earlier wins.
Go ahead, if you want, and make your research part of a school paper, etc., and even write and publish your paper before the contest is over. MUM's just looking for the fax (oh, that's terrible, I know, but I've been building this whole item up to that!); the entries become the property of this museum, but the research is yours.
Why $249.99? Because in good ol' American advertising tradition, no one sells something for an even number! It's always a penny or two under some outrageous price to lull you into buying! And this museum started out as basically a history of the advertising for menstrual hygiene products; it has since grown wiser and larger.
Why am I giving away my money? Because I think it's important to spend what I can afford to find out as much as possible about the history of an underreported, important subject, the world-wide culture of women.
Read about the winners in January 1998
in this News, Notes and You section! And
Dutch Web Site Makes MUM the Site of the Week!
I received this e-mail this past week:
It does please me, and thank you very much! Check out the museums, folks - some are just great, and in 120 countries!
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