The return to work -- Monday, after a long, holiday weekend: This is such a grim, dour moment in life that there's only one known antidote. And with that, we hereby Break Glass and Pull Switch In Case of Emergency -- and are rewarded with underpants news.
The good news: There is actually some underwear news. The not-so-good news: There wasn't much. News, that is -- although, now that you mention it, unmentionables are getting so tiny anymore that there's not much of them in that sense, either.
Well, to paraphrase a war criminal: You go to work the Monday following a long holiday weekend with the underwear you have, not the underwear you wish you had.
Buck up, remain strong, everyone -- and we'll get through this return-to-employment crisis together, patriotically clad in 100% American underwear!
On that elastic note of a pep talk -- and before anyone gets his or her bloomers in a wad and flags us a penalty for delay in story -- a pair of Queen Victoria's linen bloomers were auctioned recently in the UK, bringing about $575, the BBC reports. (It was just one item, yet they are called a pair -- perhaps because they are singular at the top, but plural at the bottom.)
It was part of a larger auction of royalty's odds and ends, a sort-of royal rummage sale, with bids coming in from all around the world. Auctioneer James Grinter says the bloomers, 38 inches around at the waist, were sold to a collector. (The BBC very wisely failed to follow-up with the collector and ask what else might be in the collection, how the hobby got started, and why on Earth anyone would pay that much money for used underthings.)