Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Radiation-Sensitive Bra

Dr. Elena Bodnar and her associates developed a handy radiation-sensitive emergency bra; something to wear in situations where you might be exposed to radiation in sufficient quantities, but also offering an attractive degree of cleavage enhancement.  The cups of the bra convert to a pair of gas masks which are easily deployed, one for the wearer and the other for a friend.  They reduce or prevent particle inhalation in radiation-prone settings.  This obviously useful safety device merited Dr. Bodnar an Ig Nobel Prize back in 2009.  (Go to that link to view a picture of Dr. Bodnar being given her award by three actual Nobel laureates wearing her emergency bras.  Who says scientists don't have a sense of humor?)

For the ladies, I can say that my delving into the product indicates that it comes in sizes from 32B to 44D.  Apparently, it comes only in the color red; at least, no other colors were illustrated and there was no provision to order it in other colors.  This might merit caution regarding what kind of outer garments you wear; on the other hand, it can be a little daring to wear one of these under a light-colored blouse or t-shirt.  Nevertheless, X-ray technicians, microwave users, and others who use radiation-generating equipment might consider this undergarment, both for its stylistic and practical value.  This device is especially useful for those who might be exposed to serious doses of radiation in their workplaces.

The product, using the slogan "Be Sexy, Be Safe, EB"  has a radiation sensor incorporated into the body of the bra. In the event of an emergency, a change of color will take place in the upper opening of the sensor’s pocket located under the front clasps of the brassiere. If the top opening (sensor strip) has become a darker color than that of the lower opening (service life strip), this signals that it is time to convert the Emergency Bra into face masks to use during an evacuation.  A possible drawback is that, in order to check the color differential, you must undo a few blouse buttons in order to see the front clasp of your Emergency Bra.  This might be mis-interpreted by others; still it is a remarkable advance in radiation safety.  Perhaps OSHA and the military might consider these to be essential safety equipment.

My suggestions: come out with the Emergency Bra in colors in addition to red; and expand the size offerings to include demoiselles fitting more comfortably in A-cup sizes.









13 comments:

Grand Crapaud said...

A possible idea for a Valentine's Day gift?

Bilbo said...

This is the year for multifunctional bras ... you may recall that I blogged about the electrically-charged rape prevention bra a while back. My only concern with the radiation-sensitive bra is this: when used as a gas mask, one would think the larger cup sizes could allow significant leakage around the smaller-sized faces. I wonder if they need anyone to help with the tests...I'm sure Mike's available.

John Hill said...

I would volunteer to escort you into any potentially hazardous situations if you would agree to share your emergency face mask device with me if necessary.

MarkD60 said...

You can have any color you want, as long as it's red.

Big Sky Heidi said...

In fact, very few women or men are in situations where radiation is a concern. The radiation detectors which can be clipped on or carried typically use an auditory signal to warn the wearer

John Hill said...

Maybe the inventor realizes that the mask part isn't as necessary as a quick evacuation and just wants to see women running unencumbered by their bras...

TexWisGirl said...

ha ha.

Brandi said...

I really like its color. I wonder how it feels to wear one?

Mike said...

Yes I am available for testing. And for clip color safety verification inspector.

Insane Penguin said...

Gives a new dimension to sharing with a friend. Can the friend in turn use his hands as a replacement?

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It's nice that there is such enthusiasm for new technology! No Luddites here!

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

I know some ladies at Brown's Ferry that could use these fashionable radiation detectors.

Anemone said...

This is too funny!