Friday, July 20, 2012

A Short, Uncalled-for, and Very SIlly Posting

Perhaps the most bizarre current events story of the week was the
reported discovery of a 600 year old bra. See

While it is usually assumed that bras became part of the daily
clothing of women and certain male members of Meretz only in the 20th
century, it now appears to be the case that they were worn 600 years
ago, at least in Innsbruck, where this one was supposedly found.

Here are some excerpts from the story:

'The University of Innsbruck said Wednesday that archeologists found
four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle.
Fashion experts describe the find as surprising because the bra had
commonly been thought to be only little more than 100 years old as
women abandoned the tight corset.
'Instead, it appears the bra came first, followed by the corset,
followed by the reinvented bra.
'One specimen in particular "looks exactly like a (modern) brassiere,"
says Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum. "These
are amazing finds."….'


The story became of importance in Israeli politics hours after it
broke. It seems that the current head of Meretz, Zahava Galon,
decided to take the entire party membership of Meretz on a Boeing 747
to Austria, where they immediately burned the ancient garment.

2. A story about an interesting Plaut:

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