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Lingerie is an important and integral part of a wardrobe. Underwear has come a long evolutionary path, the relationship of mankind with this delicate clothing is far from unambiguous.
In an attempt to best cover their private places, people sometimes show imagination and ingenuity, using new materials and forms. And to better understand this curious world of clothing, it is worth learning a few interesting facts about it.
Briefs that protect against bullying. In American animated series and films, there are often scenes of schoolchildren bullying their comrades. Usually the strongest guy in the class humiliates the classic "nerd" by pulling the panties between the buttocks and letting them go so that they hurtfully hit the body. Even a description of the unpleasant sensation appeared in English, the word "wedgie" helped. The joke looks harmless, but there are cases when cowards in such a situation brought serious injuries and even killed. For example, in December 2013, 58-year-old Denver St. Clair from Oklahoma died during a drunken showdown with his adopted son. During the skirmish, he ran out of arguments, and he decided to punish his stepfather with the help of a wedgie. The panties were literally pulled up to the ears, as a result of which the person simply suffocated. Death is clearly difficult to classify as worthy. But if these men knew about the unusual invention of 8-year-old twins from Ohio, the case might not have ended so badly. In 2007, brothers Justin and Jared Serovich played at home with each other. Among other games, there was the same wedgie, joint this time. Watching this, one of the adults noticed that it would be nice to come up with shorts with protection against such bullying. And the idea was soon realized. The Serovich twins presented the new model of underwear. The briefs are called "Rip Away 1000". They got Velcro that unfastened when the panties were pulled, preventing them from cutting into the skin. The very next day after the presentation, the boys woke up as celebrities - they were invited to various TV shows, and the panties they had invented even appeared in the new cartoon: "Cloudy, Chance of Rain: Revenge of GMOs."
Lingerie for those with a sweet tooth. Any company dreams of releasing a product that would blow up the market. Chicago businessmen David Sanderson and Lee Bradley managed to do this in 1975 with the help of an unusual food product - "Sweet Panties". This underwear was the first in the world to be eaten. But the partners had to work hard to register a patent for their invention. In the end, it succeeded, which turned into a real excitement around the "Sweet Panties". The creators of the brand earned tens of thousands of dollars on it, but the hype eventually faded. The Americans are tired of cowards, and the idea has lost its freshness. The creators of this product themselves claim that their products are in demand not only for the original material, but also for their taste. One of the consumers, describing the impression of using such underpants, said that they resemble refreshing chewing gum. Over time, panties turn into a viscous and nasty porridge in the mouth.
Mormon temple linen. Mormons are considered by many to be one of the most scandalous religious movements. Few still allow believers to have multiple wives. Otherwise, the principles of Mormons regarding intimate life can be called chaste. This religion is against a person having sex before marriage. Mormons strongly criticize masturbation. And in order to protect believers from such sinful pleasure, the guardians of morality solved the problem in an original way. Special underwear of a unique design was developed for Mormons. Believers are encouraged to wear a white T-shirt and family pants of the same color. Moreover, each subject has a religious symbol. You can buy such underwear in special stores for believers or on Mormon Internet sites. The appearance of such temple linen became the object of jokes on the politician Mitt Romney. He, being a Mormon, opposed Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election. The politician has been depicted in numerous cartoons with the same traditional Mormon underwear. Perhaps this absurdity was one of the reasons for Romney's defeat in the race for the presidency.
Thongs for children. Thongs are sexy lingerie, its adaptation for children can turn into a scandal for the manufacturer. This is what happened with Abercrombie & Fitch. She is no stranger to being the center of attention. For example, in 2002, the company outraged the public with its T-shirts with caricatures of Asians with the words "Wong Brothers Laundry: Two Wongs Make Lingerie White." But the biggest scandal erupted after the teen thongs hit the market. They were accompanied by ambiguous inscriptions "Eye candy", which translates as "pleasing to the eye". In another version, the slogan was "Wink Wink". So in English they mean winking. The manufacturer was immediately bombarded with complaints by indignant Americans. They demanded to stop producing these thongs, but Abercrombie & Fitch decided not to go along with the public. And the scandal has always been the best advertisement. The manufacturer said that such underwear was created for girls to look really cute and carefree. Any speculation about involvement in sex should be left on the conscience of consumers. And these thongs really turned out to be quite popular among teenage girls. True, their parents were not happy with what their children were wearing, having declared a boycott of such products.
Men's panties are a tool of stock analysts. When economic crises come into our lives, we give up expensive purchases, luxury goods and non-essential goods. Consumers have to tighten their belts. And although demand for advanced coffee machines or Ferrari cars is falling, it remains strong for some products. Among the items "for all time" are men's underpants. Economist Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System, directly links fluctuations in the men's underwear market to financial markets. The collapse in the sale of cowards does not even indicate a crisis, but a real catastrophe in the economy. If people refuse such a simple thing, then things are really bad. The last major economic collapse occurred in 2008. Since then, the global economy has never recovered from the consequences. Experts say that even at the beginning of the crisis, global sales of men's underwear fell 2.3%. This happened for the first time in many years. And the recovery in the global economy has already improved the sales of swimming trunks and underpants. In 2011, the figures grew by 6.4%, which in absolute terms amounted to $ 200 million.
Glamor in jail. In the West, in prisons, prisoners have the opportunity to acquire additional professional skills. In prison, you can learn carpentry, become a cook or electrician, cutter or bricklayer. And do not think that only crude and primitive things are made in these harsh places. In the 1990s, inmates of one of the American prisons were entrusted with an order to make a batch of women's underwear for the famous Victoria's Secret company. And this tender was completed efficiently and on time. Many American women of fashion sported exquisite underwear, not even suspecting that it was sewn by the tattooed hands of brutal criminals. But the situation with the underwear of the most inmates, which is noted in the American correctional system, is not so glamorous. One can only dream about the quality of Victoria's Secret. For example, in 2011, a special commission visited the prison in Taylorville, Illinois. It was found that the inmates were given dirty underwear for use! But English prisons are much better in this regard. Even when London's famous Brixton prison was overcrowded, inmates still received two pairs of clean underwear a week.
Lingerie for those who like to release gases. People sometimes suffer from flatulence. This is the name of the peculiarity of the human body to uncontrollably release gases accumulated in the intestines. This is a rather unpleasant physiological phenomenon that special underwear is trying to fight. It is produced by the English company "Shreddies". The range includes male and female options. Their main feature is the ability to mask unpleasant odors coming out of the intestines. The manufacturer claims that he was able to neutralize gases using a special material "Zorflex". At first, such underwear was recommended for people with obvious disorders of the digestive tract. But the magical properties of the products attracted numerous ordinary consumers to him. It turns out that such a useful material "Zorflex" is in demand not only in the production of linen, but also for the manufacture of the basis for dressings and other medical items. This fabric has found application in the armed forces. So, the British army gives its employees special underwear on the basis of just "Zorflex". It turns out that such underpants can be worn for months. The special material protects against skin irritation and the development of infectious diseases. It was the army that helped the birth of the name of the manufacturing company. In England, ordinary cotton underwear, thanks to constant physical and drill training, quickly turns into rags. The word "shred" is just translated as "rag" or "rag".
Red stockings help science. Among other deviations in the work of the human body, color blindness is sometimes found. This visual impairment was discovered by the English chemist John Dalton in 1790. It was in his honor that the phenomenon got its name. Moreover, the discovery of such a deviation in the work of vision turned out to be unusual. The scientist himself was born into a family of Quakers. These people venerated religious teachings, and the movement was born in England in the middle of the 17th century. Quakers preferred to dress extremely conservatively. In their wardrobe were strict dark things, without any frills and decorations. Dalton once impressed his prim parents by giving his mother a pair of bright red stockings for her birthday. There was a huge scandal. John assured his mother for a long time that he made a purchase without noticing the true color of the thing. It seemed to him that the stockings were neutral navy blue, and his brother claimed that he saw this very color. This incident made Dalton wonder about the fact that not all people see colors the same way. The scientist himself explained this phenomenon by the presence in the eyes of a certain liquid of a blue tint. Dalton asked his colleagues to examine his eyeballs after death to test his theory. And the technicians did it, but they found nothing strange. Only 150 years later, physiologists from Cambridge isolated DNA from the eye and scientists discovered a strange gene mutation.
Harm to synthetic underwear. In the early 1990s, a group of scientists from Cairo University conducted an interesting study. They were interested in how the material of men's underwear affects the production of sperm by the body. The experiments were carried out on dogs. The males were divided into three groups. In the first, the animals flaunted without panties, in the second, they were put on cotton products, and in the third, the participants got synthetic panties. Scientists have specially selected such sizes of underwear so that it does not hinder the movement of dogs, and air can circulate freely there. This is important, provided that the synthetic fabric practically "does not breathe". This experiment lasted for three years. All this time, the researchers carefully monitored the change in sperm quantity and quality, as well as the general condition of the subjects. Two years later, it became clear that the dogs of the first two groups had no health problems. But those dogs that wore "synthetics" began to produce less sperm. Some individuals developed pathologies with the formation of this fluid, and their general health condition deteriorated. After that, the scientists decided to put the dogs of the second and third groups on an equal footing, undressing them and continuing observations for another year. It turned out that most of the participants in the third group had sperm secretion back to normal. But two males still had minor disturbances in the functioning of the body. Scientists have never been able to figure out exactly why synthetic tissue affects sperm production so much. According to one theory, the cause is static electricity, which is generated by rubbing synthetic material against the surface of leather or wool.
Second hand for perverts. Underwear seems to any person an intimate thing, and the idea of wearing it for someone else is insane. But on our planet there are countries that are not up to such disgust. Some developing countries, such as Zimbabwe, have imported used underwear for years. I must say that such clothes were very popular here. There was simply no alternative to high-quality second-hand goods. This business has reached such proportions that in December 2011, the country's authorities were even forced to ban the trade in such a product, due to its unhygienic nature. However, second-hand underwear can be purchased in developed countries as well. But the popularity there is not connected with the fact that new such products cannot be found in principle. Vending machines for used panties were very popular in Japan in the 1990s. The advertisement stated that schoolgirls used to wear this underwear. It was only through the efforts of the authorities that it was possible to end the commodity and financial relations of greedy businessmen and perverts. The vending machines were removed under the pretext that the sale of linen could be considered an antique trade. And the businessmen did not have permission to sell used things. But the Japanese claim that such machines can still be found in secluded and uncrowded places. Lovers of such a spicy second-hand, of course, know where to look. Scandals involving the sale of used underwear have occurred in America as well. For example, a resident of South Carolina, Christine Vetter, was even arrested for selling and shipping her personal underwear. It, as well as used condoms and tampons, was offered by the woman through an adult site.