I was planning to start off the formal series with the history of the bra (which dates back more than 4000 years!). But in my research, I came across such a wide array of bizarre information that didn't really fit anywhere in the series that I decided to start with a list of fun facts.
- Approximately $16 billion dollars are spent annually on bra purchases worldwide. That's $16,000,000,000.
- The average woman in America owns 9 bras.
- On October 27, 1999, two women were reportedly killed when lightning struck the underwire in their bras. This wasn't the first report of bras attracting lightning. In 1982, the Rome News-Tribune reported a similar incident, and there are references to 1991 underwire strike as well.
- According to National Geographic, women's breasts average from 10 ounces to 20 lbs.
- Annie Hawkins-Stone holds the Guinness Record for having the largest natural (no implants) breasts at size 102ZZZ and weighing in at approximately 56 lbs.
- The worlds longest bra chain comes in at 166,000 bras. This may seem like a trivial record, but several organizations around the world, including GirlGuiding NZ are using their attempt to break the longest bra chain record as a way to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. You can donate unwanted bras to them and at the end of the record they will send all of the good condition bras to women in need in Africa, Haiti and the Pacific Islands.
- Despite rumors that wearing an underwire bra can cause breast cancer, scientists, including the director of medical content for the American Cancer Society, say that's simply not true.
- Researchers are designing and have patented a bra that can detect breast cancer in the very early stages of development.
- Japan's Triumph International lingerie company has some outrageous bra ideas and has come up with anti-smoking bras, heated bras to prevent colds, and bras that turn into shopping bags.