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Condom-themed restaurant: Birth control for lunch, vasectomy after

Condom-themed restaurant: Birth control for lunch, vasectomy after
The exterior of Condoms and Cabbages, a condom-themed restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, on the left. On the right, mannequins in the restaurant depicting two superheroes wearing costumes made of condoms. (Condoms and Cabbages / Taylorandayumi / Flickr)

Most restaurant themes are meant to entertain you. Popular themes include tiki bars with waitresses in hula skirts and rain forest cafes with palm trees. But some ideas may leave you scratching your head. In Bangkok, for example, there's a restaurant devoted to condoms. 

The restaurant, named Cabbages and Condoms, is somewhat a political statement, and a place where people can get a bite to eat and pick up some birth control. The decor features condom light fixtures and mannequins of condom superheroes dressed in outfits made of condoms. 

On the menu is a list of traditional Thai food with curries, noodles, rice and more. At the end of each meal, diners are given condoms to go. 

"Our restaurant was conceptualized in part to promote better understanding and acceptance of family planning and to generate income to support various development activities of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA)," reads the description on the website. "And remember, our food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy."

Phew, because that's the first thing that comes to mind when someone eats a bowl of green curry. 

The restaurant was founded by Mechai Viravaidya, founder of PDA, an organization devoted to community outreach programs that focus on HIV/AIDS. The idea is to inundate diners with condoms in order to make them seem less taboo. Proceeds from the restaurant benefit PDA. 

And if you happen to be in the mood for a vasectomy after lunch, there is a family-planning clinic next-door where Viravaldya arranges for free vasectomies for the restaurant patrons. Getting hungry? 

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