Pigeons wearing bras go to war

The pigeon vest was a vest that was created to protect carrier pigeons as they parachuted through the air strapped to the chest of paratroopers during World War II. Once the paratroopers hit the ground behind enemy lines, they would release the pigeons so they could fly off to deliver important messages.

And what does this have to do with brassieres? The pigeon vest was designed and manufactured by the brassiere company, Maidenform. On December 22, 1944, Maidenform agreed to make 28,500 pigeon vests for the U.S. government, switching, as many companies did, from peacetime production to producing necessary supplies for the war. In addition to the pigeon vest, Maidenform also made parachutes.

RTFA. It all makes sense.

12 thoughts on “Pigeons wearing bras go to war

  1. Cher Ami says:

    “Pigeons Could Help Detect Breast Cancer” http://motherboard.vice.com/read/pigeons-could-help-detect-breast-cancer “According to a study by a team of researchers in the US published in PLOS One, pigeons have an amazing ability to generalize patterns—something that could have serious future consequences in medical research. In a series of experiments, a team comprising researchers from UC Davis, the University of Iowa, and Emory University placed pigeons in front of images of benign and malignant breast cancer cells and rewarded them with food when they pressed a button correctly identifying each of them. Over time, the pigeons became so adept at recognising the cells’ properties that when the researchers changed the images to a never-before-seen set, they found the pigeons were able to generalize the patterns from one set to the other and distinguish benign cells from malignant cells. Over the course of approximately two weeks, they found they were able to train pigeons from 50 percent accuracy up to 85 percent—the same level of accuracy recorded in trained medical professionals. In the words of the authors, “Overall, our results suggest that pigeons can be used as suitable surrogates for human observers in certain medical image perception studies, thus avoiding the need to recruit, pay, and retain clinicians as subjects for relatively mundane tasks.”

  2. !00 yrs ago says:

    “Closing the Pigeon Gap : During the First World War, Allied birds outperformed their rivals and saved thousands of lives – all thanks to the efforts of one London pigeon fancier” (Smithsonian magazine) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/closing-the-pigeon-gap-68103438/ (note: to read the entire article scroll down through a lengthy dead spot after the line ‘a pigeon that brought news of Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo”. See also “Pigeons in the Great War: A Complete History of the Carrier Pigeon Service 1914 to 1918.” By Lieutenant-Colonel A. H. Osman http://digital.slv.vic.gov.au/view/action/singleViewer.do?dvs=1513209042428~470&locale=en_US&metadata_object_ratio=10&show_metadata=true&VIEWER_URL=/view/action/singleViewer.do?&preferred_usage_type=VIEW_MAIN&DELIVERY_RULE_ID=10&frameId=1&usePid1=true&usePid2=true

  3. Double Agent says:

    “Indian Police Arrest Pink Pakistani Pigeon On Charges Of Espionage” https://allthatsinteresting.com/pakistan-spy-pigeon
    According to the BBC, the bird was discovered by villagers near the Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir. It was painted pink and featured a ring on its foot that was inscribed with a series of numbers. Because of the anklet and the sensitive area in which the bird was recovered, authorities are taking the incident very seriously. However, they have yet to decipher the message.
    (BBC): A Pakistani villager has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return his pigeon, currently being held in India on charges of spying.
    The man, who lives just 4km (2.5 miles) from the border, said he flew his pigeons to celebrate Eid festival.
    Police said the pigeon had a ring on one of its legs, inscribed with a code that they were trying to decipher.
    The Pakistani villager, who claims the arrested pigeon is his, says the code is actually his mobile phone number.
    Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper has identified the man as Habibullah and reports that he owns a dozen pigeons.
    Habibullah told the paper that his pigeon was a “symbol of peace” and India should “refrain from victimising innocent birds”. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52820119

    • Bird in the hand says:

      “A racing pigeon survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometre (8,000-mile) journey in the Pacific Ocean, crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia.
      But authorities now consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.
      Melbourne resident Kevin Celli-Bird said on Thursday he discovered the exhausted bird in his back yard on December 26. It had disappeared from a race in the US state of Oregon on October 29.
      It is claimed the greatest long-distance flight recorded by a pigeon is one that started at Arras in France and ended in Saigon, Vietnam, back in 1931. The distance was 11,600km (7,200 miles) and took 24 days.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/14/australia-to-kill-pigeon-that-crossed-pacific-from-oregon

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