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View Interfering Brassieres

Type: April Fool’s Day Hoax.
Summary: An article warned women that their bras might be causing television interference.


On April 1, 1982 the British Daily Mail published an article titled “Do not adjust your set—it could be your bra!” in which it claimed that 10,000 brassieres made by a local manufacturer had developed a serious problem. Apparently the support wire in the bras had been fashioned out of specially treated copper. This copper wire had originally been designed for use in fire alarms, but when it came into contact with nylon and body heat, it was producing static electricity. This static electricity, in turn, was then being emitted by thousands of unsuspecting women, causing interference with the reception of television signals throughout the country.

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