OMG Nipple! cake in honor of Amanda Palmer's Daily Mail song

A sugary-sweet coda to Amanda Palmer's song for the Daily Mail with its climactic "OMG NIPPLE!" Some of Amanda's fans in Minnesota baked her a nipple-cake [link NSFW, especially if you W at the DM] sporting "5 different skin tones, 2 piercings, 2 tattoos, a mastectomy scar, a tan line, freckles, and a birth mark." Read the rest

Canberra Skywhale: fanciful, breast-studded lighter-than-air cetacean

Here's a beautiful gallery of publicity shots of the Canberra Skywhale, a lighter-than-air sculpture created by Patricia Piccinini to celebrate the centenary of the capital city of Australia. The Skywhale is a fanciful, breast-studded creature from a contrafactual alternate history:

"My question is what if evolution went a different way and instead of going back into the sea, from which they came originally, they went into the air and we evolved a nature that could fly instead of swim. In fact coming from a place like Canberra where it's a planned city that's really tried to integrate and blend in with the natural environment, it makes a lot of sense to make this sort of huge, gigantic, but artificial and natural-looking creature".[8]

The Centenary of Canberra Skywhale (via JWZ) Read the rest

A machine for washing breasts

Circa 1930s. Origin unknown. Use unknown.

Breast washer, c.1930s

Update: Our commenters solve the mystery. This is a French "breast enhancement" water massage device, and the whole ad is here (and here are similar ads. (Thanks, Daneyul!)

You can find out more by reading Quack!: Tales of Medical Fraud from the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, described by Orangedesperado: "Many items to consider with the original ads and copy. Don't forget the prostate warmer which worked with the heat of a light bulb and was helpful for stimulating the center of the 'male brain'." Read the rest

Breast cancer prevention and evidence

The National Breast Cancer Coalition has come out with new evidence-based position statements regarding several popular preventative and treatment options for breast cancer. Among the findings: There is no link between abortion and breast cancer; there's no evidence that breast self-exams actually do anything useful; and the policy of routine mammograms for every woman doesn't help as much as we think it does. Read the rest