Two Historic Brassiere-to-Face-Mask Innovations

Dr. Elena Bodnar‘s 2009 Ig Nobel Prize-winning Emergency Bra may be the most spectacular and fashionable instance of brassiere design and protective-face-mask design intersecting. But it is not the first. The 3M company’s N95 mask grew from an-early-1960s bra-cup design by Sara Little Turnbull, according to reports (“How One Woman Inspired The Design For The […]

A logistical support bra for regulating eating behavior

BBC News reports “Microsoft working on a smart bra to measure mood.” The researchers, some of whom are at Microsoft Research, others at the University of Rochester, NY, USA and at the University of Southampton, UK, themselves report details in a paper: “Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating,” Erin A. Carroll [pictured here], Mary Czerwinski, […]

Improbable TV: “The Tay Bridge Disaster” in Ukrainian

Here’s a new episode — #McG-002, “”The Tay Bridge Disaster” with Dr. Elena Bodnar — of the Improbable Research TV series. It’s the 2nd of many episodes featuring the bad poetry of William Topaz McGonagall. William Topaz McGonagall, who died in 1902, is widely regarded as the worst poet ever to write in the English language. The […]

Terry Jones takes on technology

Terry Jones, of Monty Python and other fame, interviewed by The Observer on the subject of technology. (The unrelated photo below shows Mr. Jones assisting Dr. Elena Bodnar, inventor of the brassiere that in an emergency can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks. That demonstration happened on the 2010 Ig Nobel […]

1st report about Bodnar’s invention for men

The Boston Herald became the first press organization to report on Dr. Elena Bodnar’s new invention — the counterpart device for men of Ig Nobel Prize-winning earlier invention, the brassiere-that-in-an-emergency-converts-into-a-pair-of-protective-face-masks. The new invention is a men’s dress shirt that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a single protective facemask. Dr. Bodnar publicly unveiled […]