History gets rewritten again. Not by Republicans about politics, but by archeologists about women’s underwear. (More)

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600 year old bras were found in an Austrian Castle. The linked article has a picture of the old linen bra which looks a bit like what a Victoria’s Secret really shabby chic bra might look like. Lots of feminist history reacted to the “bra” as an unnatural constraint on women’s bodies. Women were burning them in protest in the 1970’s.

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.

I really like it when real evidence changes our notions of history. Who knew? Seeing this article brought to mind a Bette Midler song from the movie Beaches. The romantics among you may be reaching for tissues as you think of “the wind beneath my wings” which is a great song. However, it has nothing to do with bras. I was thinking of “Otto Tittsling.” It is a story belted out by Midler of Otto Tittsling, the mythical German inventor who supposedly stole the idea for the brassiere. If you had been with me on a road trip with three pre-teen boys and one pre-teen girl and listened to the song at least 100 times in 10 hours, you would remember it too. As a test, I called my youngest son and asked if he remembered “Otto Tittslinger inventor and kraut” and he sang the whole song. Road trips are good for exactly this kind of useless trivia.

Here are the lyrics for Otto Tittsling and here is the song as performed by the divine Ms. M:

And here’s to only revising history based on actual facts!

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