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Tampax Pumpkin Spice Tampons

Don't let these seasonal parodies string you along.

Published Oct 7, 2014

Claim:
Tampax is marketing pumpkin spice tampons.

In a case of a humorous image getting separated from its original context and being circulated without attribution, rumors have been spreading of Tampax "Pumpkin Spice Tampons."

Example:

Has Tampax come out with a pumpkin spice Tampon?

pumpkin spice tampons tampax

DPumpkin spice everything has become common with the arrival of autumn, and the parody appears to have gone over the heads of a consumer base inundated by many such items each fall season.

While various pictures of Pumpkin Spice Tampax boxes are in circulation, the idea originated with a BuzzFeed post titled "16 Pumpkin Spice Products That Don't Exist and Should Never Exist." One of the most commonly circulated images accompanied a post to the official BuzzFeed Twitter feed:

The Pumpkin Spice Tampax rumor closely resembled a similar tale that Durex was introducing pumpkin spice condoms. That, too, was a parody.

David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994.

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