by Joanna Rafael, the Gloss, link to original post
Bras are nothing but trouble! In addition to making your breasts sag (/maybe), underwire bras are also sabotaging your outdoor adventures. Metal underwires are throwing navigational tools off, causing hillwalkers (that’s British for “hikers”) to get lost.
According to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, a crew of 11,300 outdoorsy types, magnets in things one carries on hikes–like metal keys, avalanche transceivers, personal locator beacons, a cell phone, a gps device and brassieres–mess with compass needles. The needles in compasses are affected by reverse polarity–”switched from point north to south” according to Heather Morning, the council’s safety officer and excellent name haver. Morning has experienced this three times in the past three months with her own two breasts!
Basically, when your compass comes into close contact with underwire-containing lingerie, North becomes South, up becomes down and you become directionless and lost on the hillsides of the British Isles. Mountaineers, leave your kinky metal underpants at home, you’ve been warned. Navigational errors are potentially catastrophic–getting a little off course is one thing, but not being able to find north because your compass has turned on you is another.
It all sounds like some sort of Greek curse or salty seafarer’s lore: travel alongside women and you will get lost, never to find your way. The gods deliberately mislead those with the hubris to journey with ladies.