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Inventor Offers Safe-Sex Serenade

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 1996

The nation that produced Liszt, Bartok and Kodaly is making a new contribution to the world of music: the serenading condom.

The prophylactic uses technology similar to that in a musical greeting card - a programmed chip begins playing the melody as the condom is unfurled.

The condom comes in one of two tunes: “Arise, Ye Worker,” an old communist ditty, and “You Sweet Little Dumbbell.”

Ferenc Kovacs, 45, patented the condom and contracted a rubber factory to produce 100 samples. He sells the songful sheaths at his novelty shop on a quiet Budapest side street.

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