Wednesday, November 02, 2005


In all the reading about World War II soldiers crossing the Atlantic and going ashore at D-Day, I must have read about Mae West life preservers hundreds of times.

But it wasn't until today, when I saw this article about the real Mae West, that it occured to me why the troops named the preservers after her. The Smithsonian site explains:

Mae West was a veteran of vaudeville and Broadway. She made her first movie and immediately became a national sex symbol when she was nearly 40. With her hourglass figure, saucy double-entendres, and sinful saunter on five-inch heels, she was a natural bombshell. During World War II, Allied soldiers called their inflatable life jackets 'Mae West' in honor of West's famously buxom figure.

Dirty birds.

(And here I am so confused. I thought hippies invented sex in the 1960s.)

1 comment:

greg said...

Sex was invented by Al and Tipper Gore at the 2000 Democrat Convention.