these three things…

…don’t go together well.  at least for me.  Maybe they do for you, in which case, more power to you.

Three very significant things happened in history on July 5th, other than the first day of wide-spread hangovers and sparkler burns…

1937:  The world is introduced to Spam but really doesn’t achieve global status until 1970 thanx to Monty Python (‘bloody Vikings’)

1946: The introduction of the bikini…and just in time.  From The Writer’s Almanac:

That summer, designer Jacques Heim came up with a revealing two-piece outfit, which he called the Atom: “the world’s smallest bathing suit.” But credit goes to his competitor, French mechanical engineer-turned-swimsuit designer Louis Réard, who unveiled his design on July 5. He predicted that the skimpy swimwear would cause a cultural explosion to rival the recent nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll, and that’s where he got the name that stuck. Réard couldn’t find a model who was willing to wear such a revealing outfit, so he had to hire an exotic dancer from the Casino de Paris. He got 50,000 fan letters, and famously stated in his ads that a swimsuit wasn’t really a bikini unless you could pass it through a wedding ring.

1954: Elvis Presley recorded his first single, “That’s All Right (Mama)” at Sun Studios…and the rest is history.



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7 responses to “these three things…

  1. antiquefreak

    …and another killer beats the system.

  2. spam .. bikinis …. and Elvis. What a great trip down memory lane! I never knew the story about how the bikini got its name either .. interesting

    Ever had fried spam? I loved it as a kid .. probably not eating it now though.

    Cheers! MJ

  3. Know me, which one do you think I put as THE most important thing in history? =) – I let you know that it is NOT spam!! BLECH!!

  4. lord have mercy…..fried spam, it was a staple growing up. excuse me while i vomit. bikinis? even at my thinnest i wouldn’t dream of going out in public in one. just don’t have that level of confidence. elvis, i can take him or leave him. interesting mishmash of things there.

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