Sunday (8/5) is National Underwear Day, a marketing gimmick introduced in 2003 to promote underwear, bras, and other “unmentionables”. Here are some fun facts to share.
• Married men change their underwear twice as often as single men.
• In 1935, the firstmen’s briefs appeared. They had a Y-shaped front and overlapping fly. They were originally termed ‘jockeys’ because they offered a similar amount of support as jock straps.
• In 1925, Jacob Golomb, founder of Everlast, designed elastic-waist trunks to replace theleather-belted trunks then worn by boxers. They became known as ‘boxer trunks’and were the original prototype for the modern men’s boxers.
• The loincloth is both the simplest and the most popular form of underwear. It was probably the first undergarment worn by human beings. King Tut was buried with 145 of his favorite loincloths.
• Brazilians wear brand new underwear on New Years Eve.
• The ‘bikini’ was invented in 1946 by two Frenchmen who named it after the tiny Bikini Atoll inthe Marshall Islands, the site of atomic bomb testing, because the 2-piece swimsuit was minuscule in size.
• Panty hose, which combined panties and hose into one garment, made its first appearance in 1959,invented by Glen Raven Mills of North Carolina.
• The average American woman owns approximately 21 pairs of underwear.
• Fifteen percent of men own underwear that is between 5-9 years old - and 9% of men in America have underwear that is at least 10 years old.