It seems that the jury is still out as to whether this little piece of technology is a success or not, but for all you preppers, the gas mask bra is out there. Dr. Elena Bodnar, a doctor from Chicago, won the Ig Nobel prize in 2009 at Harvard University for her unusual invention. In her own words, “you can never be too prepared”.
Originally designed for victims of biological warfare, it was the Chernobyl disaster that influenced its creator to come up with the idea for the bra. Realizing how randomly extreme nuclear accidents can occur, she wanted people to have easily accessible protection from such accidents available to them at all times.
Bodnar studied the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and found that, as Fox News reports “if people had had cheap, readily available gas masks in the first hours after the disaster … they may have avoided breathing in Iodine-131, which causes radiation.” She also envisions it being useful in terrorist attacks. “You have to be prepared all the time, at any place, at any moment, and practically every woman wears a bra,” she said.
It’s an interesting concept, will it catch on? Just breathe, and watch this space…..