Earlier this year, construction workers discovered what is now the world's oldest known bra. It dates to the 15th century and was found with a bunch of other clothing, stuffed between the floors of an Austrian castle. Most likely, it was being used for insulation, the same way we might stuff a wall with fiberglass batting today. (Via Christopher Mims)

10 Responses to “Something to keep you warm when it's nippy out”

  1. acerplatanoides says:

    Using bra’s for insulation continues today.  Sometimes I’m jealous that I don’t get positive attention for wearing padded clothing when it’s cold.

  2. oasisob1 says:

    But DON’T try insulating yourself by stuffing fiberglass insulation in your bra. Don’t do it. No.

  3. PhosPhorious says:

    There’s a flying buttress joke in there. . .  somewhere. . . there HAS to be. . . .

  4. Mark Lee McDonald says:

    Didn’t you mean a bit nipply out?

  5. Ito Kagehisa says:

    Man, all I ever find in my walls is mouse charnels.

  6. SamSam says:

    I see what you did there…

    My wife says “it’s a tit bit nipply.” I love it.

  7. niktemadur says:

    Oh screw that, I want something to keep me nippy when it’s warm out.

  8. Emily Beliveau says:

    This site describes the practice as a folk tradition rather than cheap insulation:  http://www.concealedgarments.org/

  9. Beanolini says:

    It was featured here some time ago, with pictures.

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