October 05, 2009

Gas Mask Bra

See my new bra? Works great a couple hours after a meal of refried beans.

Victoria Gill, Science reporter for BBC News, writes that "Designers of a bra that turns into gas masks and a team who found that named cows produce more milk were among the winners of the 2009 Ig Nobel prizes. The aim of the awards is to honor achievements that "first make people laugh and then make them think. Dr Elena Bodnar won the public health prize for the bra that, in an emergency, can be converted into two gas masks. She demonstrated her invention and gave one to each of the Nobel laureates as a gift. The bra can be converted into one mask for the wearer and one for a needy bystander."

Seriously, congratulations to all the winners of the Ig Nobel prizes. The Ig Nobel Prizes were presented to the winners by genuine Nobel laureates.

A special congratulations to the winner of the Ig Nobel prize winner in the category of medicine, Donald L Unger of Thousand Oaks, California, US, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand but not his right hand every day for more than 60 years. That shows a dedication I would like to see in other areas, maybe in a future post.


Brian Miller said...

off to name my cows...think i will take one of those masks along with i love these, as well as the Darwin awards!

Big Dave T said...

Man, that looks exactly like what I was wearing yesterday to lay some fiberglass insultation in my attic.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

You're right! I laughed and then took a longer look at the pics to see if it was a joke. Now 60 years of cracking ones knuckles? That's pretty weird for sure! He deserves and award for perseverance!

Margie said...

You always have such interesting and informative posts.

The Gas Mask Bra, now that gave me a chuckle:)

I think Donald L Unger so deserves the award he received.
He was very much deciated to his cause.
Amazing really that he cracked his knuckles every day on his right hand for more than 60 years.


mo.stoneskin said...

The bra can also be used as a pair of parachutes. Of course, you have to be really small for it to function correctly.

otin said...

I think that I just saw this somewhere? Crazy world, when we have to turn clothes in to protective gear!

Joanna Jenkins said...

The visual is hysterical!

A Free Man said...

I love the IgNobels. And gas mask bras. Just bras really.

Ronda Laveen said...

Better the Gas Mask Bra than the Gas Mask Panties. Oh...I guess we already have that filtered covered. Funny post.