Wednesday 19 August 2015

Crazy, Sexy, Cool: 18 Things You Never Knew About Boobs

Crazy, Sexy, Cool

That’s how I’d describe breasts.
Crazy because they come in about a billion styles, sexy for obvious reasons and cool because, well, they can actually feed tiny humans.
But apart from these obvious attributes there’s a lot more to learn about the girls.

Here’s 18 things you never knew about boobs.

1. Boobs are intergalactic
According to Ancient Greek myth, we have the goddess Hera’s breast milk to thank for the Milky Way.
Her husband, Zeus, had it away with a mortal woman, who gave birth to the hero Heracles.
While she was asleep, Zeus brought the baby to her to suckle, so it would receive godlike qualities.
But Hera woke up, pushed him away and the drops of spurting milk created the Milky Way.

2. Men can lactate too
In theory. Male breasts tissue contains alveoli, the hollow cavities that hold the milk-secreting cells.
But the male of the species usually lacks sufficient prolactin, the hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the mammary glands to produce milk, in order to lactate.

However, a 2008 study on lactation suggested that males could in fact experience a surge in prolactin that could lead to them producing a ‘drop or two’ of milk, while there are several examples reported in history and in literature (Anna Karenina, for one) of men who have been able to feed a child.
Equally, some conditions that affect the liver and pituitary gland can cause a hormone imbalance that leads to lactation in men, or more accurately (since the milk is not destined to feed a child), galactorrhoea.

3. Breasts haven’t always been hidden away
In the 14th century Queen Isabella of Bavaria started a trend for necklines so low boobs were exposed and nipples were rouged, pierced with jewels and linked with gold chains or pearls.

4. The average British woman wears a 36D
While the average woman globally wears a B cup.

5. Here are some amazing words for boobs from around the world
Brost – Sweden
Bobbingar – Iceland
Oppai – Japan
Siski – Russia
Mellek – Hungary
Omu - (Yoruba) Nigeria

6. Breasts can be money-makers in more ways than one
Breast milk is sold on the internet for 262 times the price of oil, according to Florence Williams’ Breasts: A Natural And Unnatural History

7. There’s more than one type of nipple
Normal, flat, puffy, inverted (grades 1, 2 and 3, with 3 being the most inverted), and unilateral, where one nipple is inverted but the other is not.

8. Amazing mums
The metabolic energy you need to breastfeed a baby each day is same you’d use to walk seven miles.

9. Breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis
Endo-cannabinoids are thought to regulate appetite and encourage infants to eat.

10. Your breasts can take up to four years to grow to their full size
Breasts usually grow for two to four years after you get your first period.

11. Catholic nuns had to bind their breasts
Some nuns wore tight linen tops under their garments til as recently as the 1930s to stop male clergy from getting ‘distracted‘.

12. The average breast weighs 1.1lb.
That’s quite a lot to carry around.

13. The world’s most expensive bra cost £8.6m
The most expensive bra in the world is the Heavenly Star Bra made by Victoria’s Secret in 2001.
It cost £8.6million and features 1,200 pink sapphires and a 90-carat diamond.

14. The biggest boobs in the world are 32Z
nFrom Chris Murphy 01634 686 515nThis is Mayra Hills, who is better known online as raunchy model Beshine ¿ her real name is rarther apt as she had the biggest fake boobs in the world now.nThe German adult model measures 59-28-36, and she supposedly has the largest augmented breasts in the world.nShe has 10,000 cc of saline implants in those bad boys, reports Uproxx, and each breast weighs 20 pounds. 

Her bra size, depending on how you measure, is 32Z (70Z), or the same as an XXX cup.nThat¿s 40 pounds of boob she has to carry around with her each day, which is a bit like carrying around a seven-year-old on your chest. Or a five-gallon jug of water.nEndsn
(Picture: Chris Murphy)
German model Mayra Hills aka Beshine has augmented breasts, each containing 10 litres of saline and weighing 20lbs.

15. Victorians pierced their nipples too
As with all trends, we like to think we were there first. We weren’t. In the 1890s it was the fashion to have gold bosom rings.
English and French women wore them in the hope of making their breasts and nipples larger and more sensitive.

16. The modern bra was invented by a 19-year-old
Caresse Crosby – at the time called Mary ‘Polly’ Phelps Jacob – was preparing for a ball.
She was so annoyed by her restrictive corset, she created a bra by sewing together two handkerchiefs and some pink ribbon instead.

17. Warrior women did not actually cut off their breasts
According to Greek legend Amazon women cut off their right breasts to be better archers.
The Scythians, who may have inspired these myths, did not do this but were, by all accounts, a force to be reckoned with.

18. Humans are the only mammals to have permanently full breasts
In other mammals, they’re only prominent during breast-feeding.

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