New bra doubles as gas mask

Inspired by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, a new bra designed by Dr. Elena Bodnar of the Ukraine doubles as a gas mask that is capable of protecting wearers from toxic agents.

The $30 bra, reports, is meant to lower the potential health risks of accidents that release harmful airborne particles, including fires, explosions, terrorist attacks, radiological or biological attacks, and natural disasters.

When disaster strikes, the bra can be removed and its cup can be placed over the mouth with the straps holding it firmly in place. The inner cap acts like a butterfly valve and filter, removing dangerous particles, but making breathing still possible.

Men need not worry, the bra’s two cups mean couples have an increased chance of surviving.

"Ladies and gentlemen, isn't that wonderful that women have two breasts, not just one?" Bodnar said after claiming her 2009 Ig Nobel Public Health Prize for the hazmat undergarment, according to "We can save not only our own life, but also the life of a man of our choice next to us."

Bodnar explained the inspiration behind her invention to Fox News.

“If people had had cheap, readily available gas masks in the first hours after the disaster they may have avoided breathing in Iodine-131, which causes radiation sickness,” she said. “The bra-turned-gas masks could have also been useful during the September 11 terrorist attacks.”

“It looks pretty, too,” Bodnar told