Either the editors at the Associated Press news service have a serious breast fetish or there is some sort of bizarre bra bonanza sweeping the globe. Already this morning, there have been three lingerie-centric stories on the news wires; one of those stories -- about plush global-warming-fighting undergarments from Japan -- has already been reported on in Broadsheet.
Now this: From China comes a hard-hitting report announcing Hong Kong's Polytechnic University new degree in "bra studies." What work awaits China's underwear engineers? According to the AP, Top Form, China's biggest lingerie manufacturer, employs a crack team of bra-smiths who push the cutting edge of tit-padding technology. The Wall Street Journal reports that in their quest to "give busts a boost," Top Form has tried pumping pads with air -- but met disappointment when the bras deflated like old balloons. Then the company's oil-filled pads proved prohibitively expensive and bulky. Now they're betting on fiberfill, a fluffy insulating material usually used in ski clothes -- and not something you'd normally find in Victoria's Secret products.
Back in the U.S., a woman has been accused of using bra padding not to enhance her décolletage, but to commit a crime. The AP reports that Jill Knispel, a 35-year-old from Florida, was arrested after stuffing her bra with a stolen parrot she hoped to trade for a 1964 vintage Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. "The circumstances of [this] case are the most bizarre I've ever encountered," veteran wildlife investigator Lenny Barshinger told reporters. Funny, sounds like a classic case of grand-theft Audubon to us.