Gas mask bra takes big prize at brainiac academy Harvard

2 October 2009

gas_mask_braNow that the scales have fallen from our eyes and we have finally seen the way, the truth and the light, we’re frankly staggered as to how the human race has managed to make it to 2009 without the help of a bra that turns into a couple of gas masks.

But somehow we have, and now that aforementioned item has been invented we can all sleep easy in our beds. The gas mask bra was one of the winners at the annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, held in Harvard, The United States, last night - the awards highlight inventions and discoveries that at first make people laugh but then make them think. We’re thinking about bras at the moment.

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The gas mask bra’s pioneering inventors, Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, took home the Public Health prize for the item, which can be removed from the breastacular area in an emergency and transformed into gas masks for two people. Hooray for that!

Other winners included Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson of Newcastle University, for showing that cows who have names give more milk than cows that are nameless; three Mexicans who claim they can make diamonds out of tequila; and Ireland’s police force for writing and presenting more than fifty traffic tickets to the most frequent driving offender in the country — Mr. Prawo Jazdy — whose name in Polish means "Mr. Driving Licence."

Well done to all of them – hopefully we’ll have cracked our own big invention soon (a steak pie that can send AND receive text messages) and we’ll be up there on the big stage ourselves next year.

2 comments

  • http://www.kojj.com
    Gas mask bra takes big prize at brainiac academy Harvard... Now that the scales have fallen from our eyes and we have finally seen the way, the truth and the light, we’re frankly staggered as to how the human race has managed to make it to 2009 without the help of a bra that turns into a couple of gas masks....
  • zeddy
    The cow's Sue!? What happened to Spot??

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