Dear Nasa, is that a lardon or are you just pleased to see me?

Nasa technologists have brought many great innovations into our lives as a result of spin-offs from space development – artificial limbs, scratch-resistant lenses, portable cordless vacuum cleaners, freeze drying, solar cells – even Openstack for you cloud experts out there.

So you can imagine the pride of Nasa experts to hear of the latest product claiming to exploit their graft, ingenuity and billions of dollars of investment.

Downtime gives you… bacon-scented underwear.

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Our thanks go to J&D’s Foods of Seattle, USA for their press release announcing this latest addition to the canon of must-have fashion, described by its makers as “the gold standard of meat-scented luxury undergarments”. And who are we to argue.

“Each pair is hand crafted in the USA to offer the support of briefs, the freedom of boxers and the smell of breakfast cooking in your pants. You really can have it all,” they say.

But where  does Nasa come into it? According to J&D, the ponging pants feature “state of the art moisture-wicking, scent-emission technology stolen from Nasa”.

Not convinced? In-depth research (a Google search) proves it – Nasa did indeed develop “phase-change materials” used in textiles to regulate the temperature inside a spacesuit, and to help remove unwanted moisture – a process known as wicking.

J&D’s bacon-scented pants are available online for just $19.99 – or if you can’t afford that, Tesco has a special offer on streaky bacon at the moment, just £2.99, whereby you can stuff a just-cooked rasher inside your briefs to get the same effect. But that would just be an insult to the hard graft of those amazing geniuses at Nasa.