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    Chicago researcher invents bra that, in an emergency, can be removed to become a face mask. Disasters are going to be so much more fun from now on

    Bra-mask: Chicago researcher invents bra that doubles as face mask -- chicagotribune.com



    To you, that cute pink bra with black lace trim might conjure up thoughts of sexy lingerie.
    To Dr. Elena Bodnar, it represents a possible lifesaver.

    Behold the bra-mask -- a brassiere that in an emergency can be turned into a pair of protective face masks.

    Bodnar's invention won the Ig Nobel Prize, given by Annals of Improbable Research magazine for achievements that "first make people laugh and then make them think."

    "The brilliance of my idea is that it's very simple," said Bodnar, of Chicago, who is director of the nonprofit Trauma Risk Management Research Institute.

    To use the bra-mask, the wearer unsnaps the brassiere from under her shirt, which breaks it in two. Because each cup has hooks on its side, the strap is wrapped around the head and hooked to the cup, which goes over the mouth. Bodnar said an experienced user can don the mask in mere seconds.

    The bra-mask could be used during such disasters as fires, terrorist attacks, dust storms or a swine flu outbreak, Bodnar said. Indeed, she first thought up the idea while treating victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster as a medical university graduate in her native Ukraine.

    Bodnar is now pursuing commercialization of her bra-mask. She hopes all women will eventually have one.

    But what about the men?

    As Bodnar noted in her Oct.1 acceptance speech at Harvard University, "Isn't it wonderful that women have two breasts, not just one? We can save not only our own lives, but also a man of our choice next to us."
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    How would this work for women with breasts that are much larger than their faces?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudge113 View Post
    As Bodnar noted in her Oct.1 acceptance speech at Harvard University, "Isn't it wonderful that women have two breasts, not just one? "
    Yes, it is. It's like double mint gum.

    Double the pleasure!


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    How would this work for women with breasts that are much larger than their faces?
    They can come over to my house and we can trouble shoot ideas.
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    Hey!! Great idea!! They could do the same thing with men using their underw..... Ew, nevermind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmur5074 View Post

    They can come over to my house and we can trouble shoot ideas.
    Emphasis on the trouble!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cidp24 View Post
    Hey!! Great idea!! They could do the same thing with men using their underw..... Ew, nevermind.
    Hey anything for survival, right?

 

 

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