Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Transgenerational Water Intake

And in the spirit of all things American (it is 4th of July week after all), and the fact that we are in a cloudless drought, I will entertain you all with a short history lesson on the bikini.  Contrary to popular belief, the scandalous swimwear did not originate in the states, but in France.  Fun Fact:  Louis Reard, the inventor, named it after the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific (the location of an atomic bomb test) because he hoped the excitement caused by the swimwear would be as explosive as an atomic bomb.  He had to hire a stripper to model it because no one else would.  Even so, the openminded French embraced it almost immediately.  Met with derision and outright hatred at first in the US, the bikini steadily picked up popularity in the early 60s, with songs like Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Wennie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," and movie scenes such as Ursula Andress' Honey Ryder emerging from the ocean in the first James Bond flick, Dr. No.  Since then, the bikini has been a staple on beaches, poolsides, and in the water.

(photos collected from google images, and fashionmediaph)

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