Monday, October 25, 2021

KOKO Knows: The Direct Link Between Bikinis, US Military And The Atomic Bomb

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71 years ago, the United States tested a hydrogen bomb over Namu Island, in the Bikini Atoll, Pacific Ocean. The 15 megaton bomb exploded and caused a fireball 500 times brighter than the Sun. But by then, another kind of atomic weapon was already being tested in beaches all around the world, one of the most fascinating pieces of garment ever devised by humankind: The bikini.When the “scandalous” new trend of bikini was released in public, fashion writers called it the “atom bomb of fashion”, making use of the most explosive vocabulary making the rounds at the time. The designer of the swimsuits then decided to follow suit and name their new fashion invention the “Bikini Atoll”, after the island where the atom bomb was being tested. And the rest they say, is history!Photo Credit: Getty

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