It’s pants

A headline like:

Astronaut wore pants for a month

is bound to attract the eye. Did it mean he didn’t wear any for the rest of the time, or he really did just wear the same pair for a whole month?

Further reading did reveal, however, that was maybe (and the jury is still out on that one) not as unhygeinic as one might have first thought.

The pants in question, worn by Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata on board the Endeavour, were an experimental pair designed for longevity and to be odour-free.

There were apparently no complaints from fellow astronauts during the one month trial, which could either mean that the experiment was a success or that his companions were exceedingly polite or had lost their sense of smell.

What a strange thing to be working on, long-lasting pants! Why did we bother inventing the washing machine?

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