Friday, July 31, 2009

Dissolvable Bikini

The Sun [UK]
30 July 2009

Teeny weeny dissolvable bikini


The saucy thong swimsuit looks like a real bikini but DISAPPEARS after just a few seconds in water.

Sellers in Germany bill the dissolving Get Naked costume as a chance for men to get their own back after a break-up.

But women's rights campaigner Rosmarie Zapfl stormed: "It is an absolute insult to women that this has been invented."
Revenge Shop [Germany]
Water soluble bikini

Some earlier reports of dissolving bathing suits:

Curtis MacDougall, Hoaxes (1958), p. 243.

Webb Miller in I Found No Peace [1936] revealed that the story from the French Riviera of a British millionaire who embarrassed his guests by inducing them to swim in bathing suits which dissolved in salt water was a pure fake. The reporter inventing it was ordered by his managing editor to ship several of the suits to the United States; he complied with an hermetically sealed box containing some finely pulverized breakfast food to create the impression that, despite precautions, the suits had dissolved in the salt air.

H. Allen Smith, The Compleat Practical Joker (1953 ed.), p. 206; (1980 ed.), p. 184.

Jack McDermott, a writer and director for the movies,…had his fun by providing his guests, especially the ladies, with swimming suits that dissolved when they got wet.

H. Allen Smith, The Compleat Practical Joker (1980 ed.), pp. 287-8.

And there is a top chemical executive who has fun with weekend guests, especially pretty women. At his estate he has a large swimming pool, and he furnishes guests with bathing attire. As soon as they get into the water the suits vanish. He has had them made up from yarns spun from a water-soluble plastic.

Jan Harold Brunvand, The Vanishing Hitchhiker (1981), p. 138.

Another variation of the bare-body theme is "The Dissolving Bathing Suit." The most recent version I have seen appeared in the Manchester Guardian in 1979. The newspaper reported that an American writer in the south of France invented a story he cabled back to his newspaper about "a millionaire's party with the usual international guest list, but distinguished by culminating in an early morning bathe in gift-wrapped swimsuits cunningly designed to disintegrate on contact with sea water." Whoever originally thought up the story, it has been told for years, either with a suit that falls apart or one that becomes transparent in salt water (since it was only tested inland, and this flaw in the material went undetected).

Weekly World News, 23 August 1994, p. 39

Perverted prankster sells 30 women dissolving swimsuits!

RIO de JANEIRO -- A perverted salesman was arrested and charged with fraud after he sold more than 30 women swimsuits that dissolved when water touched them.

Cops say Jose Sabioni, 53, practically gave away the suits at cut-rate prices in his beachfront shop.

And cops who searched the store found dozens of naughty photos Sabioni allegedly took of the stunned women moments after they went swimming and ended up naked. [...]

The New Yorker, 13 April 1998, p. 26.


Hendrik Hertzberg

[...] A quick lesson in the Tort of Outrage may be found in Section 46 of "Restatement of the Law, Second, Torts," a publication of the American Law Institute. [...] Section 46 consists mainly of examples of what sorts of outrage do and do not rise to the level of outrageousness required to qualify a given Outrage for the august title of Tort. All the examples are taken from real cases, and many of them are dangerous to read with a mouth full of hot coffee. For example[:] [...]

A is invited to a swimming party at an exclusive resort. B gives her a bathing suit which he knows will dissolve in water. It does dissolve while she is swimming, leaving her naked in the presence of men and women whom she has just met. A suffers extreme embarrassment, shame, and humiliation. B is subject to liability to A for her emotional distress. [...]

Weekly World News, 17 Feb 2004


Novelty inventor Bryan Marple was convinced his latest fun gag gift would finally make him rich when he created a bikini that melts when it hits the water.

But the 39-year-old Australian's naughty imagination has landed him in hot water. Hundreds of women from around the country have bombarded him with lawsuits after finding themselves unexpectedly nude in public. […]

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