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Bra Turned Face Mask — Love It or Leave It?

Nobel prizes have been winning headlines these days. We all dissected President Obama's unlikely award last week, and this morning we got news that Elinor Ostrom became the first woman to win the prize for economics.

Now I'd like to call your attention to an invention that has gained Elena Bodnar the Ig Nobel prize in public health. Elena invented a bra that can be turned into a pair of face masks. According to the patent, each cup has a filter device so the wearer can protect herself while also offering a mask to a lucky bystander. In the case of a serious emergency, I suppose women won't mind ripping of their shirts and sharing their bras with someone else!

Source: Flickr User richard_b

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kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
Funny idea, but not the most practical. You'd have to buy one of these bras to wear every day since you never know when you'll need a mask and by the time I rip it off and put it on my face, it could be too late. If you're really that afraid, it would be cheaper just to get a surgical mask to carry around in your purse like ali321 said.
marielleaster marielleaster 7 years
This was an Ignobel prize, designed for research that makes you laugh at first and then makes you think. I think this one is spot on. It is ridiculous, but it did make me think that we do live in a world where bad things can happen anywhere anytime. In my opinion, that is the bit that's supposed to make you think. Maybe we should change the world so research like this isn't necessary anymore.
kea718 kea718 7 years
Who decides the winners of the Noble prizes? A bunch of untrained monkeys... little boys who laugh at bras?? Seriously!!! This is absurd... Obama wins for talking and now some crazy lady wins for a bra mask? wtf? This WORLD has officially jumped the shark.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
lol, if there was enough call and threat to need a gas mask with me at all times, I'd carry a normal one so I dont have to wear my, or some strangers, sweaty bra. It's interesting.. but kind of ridiculous.
ali321 ali321 7 years
If you really thought you'd be needing one wouldn't you just carry a facemask in your purse. So much easier than to take off all your clothes in an emergency.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I bet everyone's kicking themselves for not thinking of wearing their bras on their faces.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
i would in no way ever consider a bra that I would have to rip off. (too large to walk around with out a bra, and I don't care who knows it. it's just not acceptable for me.)
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I'd really like to know exactly how many bong hits it took her to come up with this idea.
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