Archaeologist Beatrix Nutz and her team have discovered the oldest bra in an Austrian castle.
The bra carbon-dates back to the Middle ages—about 600 years ago.
The University of Innsbruck told the Washington Post that (even after hundreds of years of fashion) the bra’s design resembled bras of today, with “two broad shoulder straps and a possible back strap, not preserved but indicated by partially torn edges of the cups onto which it was attached”.
This discovery, in a way, rewrites the history of underwear—as it’s long been thought that bras weren’t worn until the 19th century, as a more-comfortable alternative to corsets.
The ancient bra was also intricately decorated with lace and ornamentation.
An undergarment that resembles a pair of panties was also found at Lemberg Castle, Tyrol.
But according to Nutz, the ‘panties’ is a man’s underwear, as women did not wear any underpants then.
“Underpants were considered a symbol of male dominance and power,” Nutz told Washington Post.
She also said that drawings from Medieval times often showed a man and a woman fighting over a pair of underpants—as symbolic battle to see who wears the pants in the relationship.
A famous blogger, Grace Murano, has twelve interesting things to say about boobs.
World’s biggest boob job are a size 38KKK
In early 2009, Sheyla Hershey of Brazil was awarded the Guinness World Record for having the largest set of breasts. After nine surgeries and more than a gallon of silicone, her breasts are a size 38KKK.
Norma Stitz, the lady from pic 8, has the world’s biggest natural boobs.
There is a NGO that fights for women’s right to be topless
GoTopless.org is an US organization which claims that women have the sameconstitutional right to be bare chested in public places as men. They often promote (topless) gatherings to claim for their rights.
The left breast is usually larger
No two breasts are exactly the same size, and it is usually your left breast that is bigger than the right side. However, often the difference is so slight you’d never notice they are of different sizes. Nipples also come in varying sizes, not only that, they also point in different directions.
Breasts are the first thing men notice in a woman
No news here. Research conducted at the Victoria University of Wellington showed that breasts are often the first thing men look at, and for a longer time than other body parts. Nothing to be ashamed of since another study said that staring at women’s breasts for just minutes a day can improve a man’s health and add four to five years to his life.
Men can lactate too
It’s exceptionally rare, but since men possess mammary glands just like women do, they have the capacity to produce milk. When male lactation happens, it’s usually because of hormonal treatments for diseases like cancer.
England is the country with biggest breasts in Europe
A survey made by bra maker Triumph found that British women have the biggest boobs in Europe. More than half of women in that country wear a size D cup. Denmark scored second while Holland was third. On the other hand, Italian women had the smallest breasts where 68 percent had a size B.
The average breast weighs one pound
The average breast weighs about 0.5 kilograms (1.1 lb). Each breast contributes to about 4-5% of the body fat and thus 1% of the total body weight of an average woman.
Breasts get fat
In your 20s, your boobs are made up of fat, milk glands and collagen — theconnective tissue that keeps them firm. But as you age, the glands and collagen shrink and are replaced by more and more fat. Instead of making your bra size go up, however, the added flab can send breasts down, closer to the floor, if you catch our drift.
Breasts augmentation may lead to suicide
Women who get breast implants are at least three times more likely to commit suicide, a risk that increases with time. As the August 2007 Annals of Plastic Surgery reported, it’s unlikely that silicone toxicity causes the correlation. It’s more probable that women who undergo breast augmentation are more apt to have an underlying psychiatric problem that predisposes them to suicide.
Breasts implants can also save you from death
Big breasts miraculously saved an Israeli woman from death at the hands of a Lebanese paramilitary organization. The incident occurred during a Hezbollah rocket attack. The victim got a boob job two years ago. During the war, she was wounded in the chest by shrapnel but survived because of her implants. While the patient is fine, the implant, unfortunately, did not survive.
Breasts implants are the number one cosmetic surgery in the US
Two million women in the United States have breast implants. It’s number one cosmetic procedure requested by women, topping rhinoplasty and liposuction. The average age at which a woman gets implants is thirty-four.
In China, you can major in Bra Studies
In Hong Kong, you can get a degree in Bra Studies from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where they teach you how to design and build a bra. Recently, the students exhibited their designs at the ACE Style Institute ofIntimate Apparel at the ITC Resource Centre.