Bra That Doubles As An Emergency Gas Mask

After witnessing the horrible aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in 1986, Dr. Elena Bodnar was inspired to create and design The Emergency Bra. The winner of the 2009 Ig Noble Award, Dr. Bodnar has now decided to release the bra commercially. According to Dr. Bodnar, the bra could have prevented many people from inhaling Iodine-131, which caused widespread radiation sickness after the disaster, or the dust caused by the 9/11 attacks.

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Dr. Bodnar introduced the now commercially available design at the MIT Museum. The “safe and sexy” red lace number can be found on the website linked above for less than $30. Unfortunately for my busty buddies out there, the bra only comes in sizes 32B-40C. However, if you’re planning on being in an area with poor air quality, this might be a wise purchase!

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Michaela is a recent Seven Sisters graduate with a self-designed degree in Sexuality Studies. When she's not blogging, you'll find her teaching Health and Wellness and A Cappella to high school students, helping women find properly fitting bras, and working as an editor on a documentary. She hopes to continue her education one day with a PhD in Feminist Anthropology.