In some rowdy settings women are encouraged to donate their bras as decorative items, as remembrances of good times there. For example, the Florabama Lounge near Orange Beach, AL has large numbers of bras hanging from the ceiling of this Gulf Coast dive. There's the existential question for an occasion like this: do you wear an old, tired or cheap one for a possible donation occasion, or go for the pretty and distinctive. Bras, after all, are expensive for impecunious grad students without sugar daddies. Is donating a polka dot one too gauche?
A fence near Cardrona, New Zealand became a depository for over 1500 bras. This was apparently the result of four girls celebrating the new millennium by hanging theirs on a fence; and other women have hung theirs in celebration of high spirits and fun or because theirs were simply too uncomfortable. A little Kiwi uninhibitedness in action!
Some more conservative elements there have objected to the bra fence, claiming that it was a traffic hazard. Others regarded it as a make-do tourist attraction! Now, to my knowledge, no one near Amarillo, Texas ever objected to the ten Cadillacs partially buried in the prairie and subsequently defaced. You would think that surreal spectacle would be a major distraction too. No, apparently, the locals embraced this element of weird America!
I was not aware of this earlier, but a bar and bowling alley in Milwaukee had a 45-year practice of displaying bras from the ceiling! Last year, a fire marshal objected to this display, claiming that it was a fire hazard and demanded their removal under penalty of a stiff fine! You would think they weren't flame-retardant.
Fortunately, the city fire marshal hooted after a day, and the bar's decorative harmony was restored.
I don't think that pirate ships would have objected to this kind of color display along with the Jolly Roger; however, brassieres were not to be invented for another 200 hundred years. Arrr!
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