Oct 5 2009For The Apocalypse: Bra Turns To Gas Masks


Doctor Elena Bodner won this year's Ig Noble Prize for Public Health with a bra designed to turn into two functional gas masks should the need arise (and why wouldn't it?).

The aim of the awards is to honour achievements that "first make people laugh and then make them think".

The Ig Nobel Prizes were presented to the winners by genuine Nobel laureates.

Past winners also returned to take part in the celebrations. They included Kees Moeliker, the discoverer of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck, and Dr Francis Fesmire, who devised the digital rectal massage as cure for intractable hiccups.

Wow, what an elite group. You've got to admit though, a gas mask bra is pretty clever. Granted, not as clever as the gas mask underwear I just invented, but you act like you've never seen a guy with worn panties on his face before. THIS IS NORMAL IN JAPAN!

Hit the jump for the worthwhile complete list of winners.

Veterinary medicine: Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson of Newcastle University, UK, for showing that cows with names give more milk than cows that are nameless.

Peace: Stephan Bolliger, Steffen Ross, Lars Oesterhelweg, Michael Thali and Beat Kneubuehl of the University of Bern, Switzerland, for determining whether it is better to be smashed over the head with a full bottle of beer or with an empty bottle.

Biology: Fumiaki Taguchi, Song Guofu and Zhang Guanglei of Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Sagamihara, Japan, for demonstrating that kitchen refuse can be reduced more than 90% in mass by using bacteria extracted from the faeces of giant pandas.

Medicine: Donald L Unger of Thousand Oaks, California, US, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand but not his right hand every day for more than 60 years.

Economics: The directors, executives, and auditors of four Icelandic banks for demonstrating that tiny banks can be rapidly transformed into huge banks, and vice versa (and for demonstrating that similar things can be done to an entire national economy).

: Katherine K Whitcome of the University of Cincinnati, Daniel E Lieberman of Harvard University and Liza J Shapiro of the University of Texas, all in the US, for analytically determining why pregnant women do not tip over.

Chemistry: Javier Morales, Miguel Apatiga and Victor M Castano of Universidad Nacional Autonoma in Mexico, for creating diamonds from tequila.

Literature: Ireland's police service for writing and presenting more than 50 traffic tickets to the most frequent driving offender in the country - Prawo Jazdy - whose name in Polish means "Driving Licence".

Public Health: Elena N Bodnar, Raphael C Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, US, for inventing a bra that can be quickly converted into a pair of gas masks - one for the wearer and one to be given to a needy bystander.

Mathematics: Gideon Gono, governor of Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank, for giving people a simple, everyday way to cope with a wide range of numbers by having his bank print notes with denominations ranging from one cent to one hundred trillion dollars.

Gas mask bra traps Ig Nobel prize [bbcnews]
Gas mask bra wins Ig Nobel prize [cnews]

Thanks to Agmor, Camille, Gerrad, jmart and Dave badman, who will just cover their mouths with their shirts and probably die.

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Reader Comments

Mmmmm, some titty resin

Those are some handy boulder holders.

A bra that converts into a bag to cover the head. That would truly be useful.

Gas-Mask Panties FTW!!!!

Used works best.


I'll put one of those on with no delay...TITTY RESIDUE!!!!!!!

I'm sure there are a million clever comments that could be made about the gas mask booby baskets, but I think the concept itself is just.....

Perfect. Now, when the need arises...I will find the nearest woman, and stick my face between her breasticles.

Wait....diamonds from tequila!!!


I see the new mod for FO3!! haha


Unfortunately they are not diamonds big enough to make jewelry out of....
If they were, I'd have a tequila diamond ring for wifey.

This could make for some... titillating emergency situations.

we need one on the bro / manzier

Alright! Now I have an excuse to wear womens clothing!

"That a bra?"

Nope! Emergency gas mask!

hmmm....but i don't want to be bra-less if a situation like that arises ....they need their support my friends...and i suppose i'll be doing a lot of running if i have to put a gas mask on........granted that would be a nice visual for the guys around :P

Must See!!!


the puns in these comments are breasttacular.

Does it come in Megan Fox style?

I'm just waiting for the eyepatch and/or yamaka versions to come out.

Argh vey!!!

its oi vey... i think I'm not a hundred percent on this because I'm not a dirty money grubbing loud mouth jew...


eyepatch = pirate = argh
yamaka = jewish = vey

It's argh vey (and just for the record, "oi" is oye). I'm neither jewish, nor a bigot, so not sure why, or what your comment was about...but pretty sure you failed at the "i think" part - everything else past that proves those two words to be blatantly false.

Good luck with that whole hate thing you've got going on...hope it works out for you, scruffy.

@22 only a dirty jew would know that...give me all of your jew gold, and i dont mean that fake jew gold pouch i want the real deal bitch!

wow, these are quite odd

I've made a new discovery: the mallards weren't engaging in homosexual necrophilia, they were doing what many gamers when they kill an oponent: tea-bagging.

I never thought "Do you smell something?" could be a pickup line. Of course, her reply would just be "That's just the Panda Poo. Take a hike."

WHOAH, did i read that right? homosexual necrophilia in mallard ducks? wtfwtfwtf


So THATS Victoria's Secret! I should have known!

She won a prestigious 'Noble' prize for this research? They're my favorite! Oops my expensive Bolex watch says it's time to go!

-Sent from my iFone


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