The history of three-holed panties

After I posted about the "pantyhose garment with spare leg" yesterday, several people pointed out prior art, which to my mind calls into question the validity of the patent.

In the comments, Dumbfounded noted: "In a 1987 Judge Dredd story, the father of child serial killer P.J. Maybe shows off a design for trousers with a third leg, 'in case one wears out'. The spare leg was kept tucked in a pocket when not in use."

And then Chuck recalled that in the first News of the Weird paperback (1989), he included an anecdote from the Wall Street Journal about a Japanese worker who had invented six-day underwear with three leg holes.

I tracked down the WSJ article in question. It ran on Oct. 16, 1987 and described a creativity contest at Honda Motor Co. in which workers were encouraged to design whimsical new products, one of which was indeed underwear with three leg holes: "The garment is supposed to last for six days, with the wearer rotating it 120 degrees each day--and then wearing it inside out for three days."

Other products from the contest included:
  • musical bath slippers
  • a hot tub installed in the back of a car
  • a fig tree that dances to the music of Karen Carpenter
  • a toothbrush with built-in toothpaste
  • a child's motorized sled that climbs back uphill by itself
  • a pillow with an internal alarm
  • and a rickshaw pulled by a manikin made of papier-mache and plaster (designed to resemble Honda's 81-year-old founder, Soichiro Honda)
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 27, 2009
     Category: Fashion | Underwear | Patents

Why would a fig tree (or any tree) "dance" to the music of a "carpenter"? Seems like better verbs would be squirm, quake, quiver, cringe, etc.

And the rickshaw being pulled by a manikin was realized by a Chinese dude who built an bipedal robot with a rickshaw attached.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/27/09 at 10:52 AM
I imagine a hot tub in the back of a car would't go over so well in San Francisco. Maybe in Saskatoon...
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 02/27/09 at 12:01 PM
six day underwear, that's gotta be a guy thing.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/27/09 at 03:58 PM
Regardless how you rotate your six-day underwear, there's gotta be some aroma-accumulation.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 02/27/09 at 04:43 PM
That's what "deodorant showers" are for.
Posted by DownCrisis on 02/27/09 at 04:53 PM
deodorant showers downcrisis?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/27/09 at 11:34 PM
Any of you willing to admit that you don't wear underwear in the first place? I can't be the only one.
Posted by Nethie on 02/28/09 at 12:04 AM
ooo nethie you're a naughty girl! 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/28/09 at 12:54 AM
come on patty, fess up! :lol:
Posted by Nethie on 02/28/09 at 12:58 AM
There are less PC terms for a "deodorant shower", but I'll stick with that as too not offend anyone. Basically using a half a can of Right Guard or whatever aerosol deodorant you have to mask any funk you may have built up from not showering. Knew a guy that didn't shower/bathe for over a month. I knew I should have bought stock in Right Guard back then. 😉
Posted by DownCrisis on 02/28/09 at 12:59 AM
oh a 'whore's bath' is that the un-pc term you're refering to sweetie? :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/28/09 at 02:54 AM
Spend a few weeks on a tank in the desert and you'll see some very creative higene practices, whore bath's and six day underwear among them.
Posted by Viceman48 on 03/01/09 at 01:09 AM
yes viceman i suppose so, and very understandable too. it's not like you are at the hilton with all the amenities. thank you for your service to our country.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/01/09 at 01:19 AM
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