It's good to know what my readers find interesting.
From the National Post of Vancouver from Saturday, April 29, 2006:
Bra producers have been forced to offer bigger cup sizes in China because improved nutrition is busting all previous chest-measurement records. "It's so different from the past when most young women would wear A- or B-cup bras," Triumph brand saleswoman Zhang Jing told the Shanghai Daily from the Landmark Plaza of China's commercial hub. "You never expect those thin women to have such nice figures if they are not plastic." The report, seen on the daily's Web site, said the Hong Kong-based lingerie firm Embry Group no longer produces A-cups for larger chest circumferences and has increased its production of C-, D- and E-cup bras to meet pressing demand. [Emphasis in original]
Lest you think this is a joke, there are corroborating (sort of) online sources:
Taiwanese underwear brand Ordifen is another to act quickly.
Feng Wei, an official with the Ordifen's design, development and research department, said the company began making more C-cup products last year based on sales feedback and an internal survey.
"We make and sell products differently in various areas based on data collected in those places," said Feng. "For a time we only made A and B-cup bras for many categories of products but now C-cups have become a major focus especially in big cities like Shanghai and Beijing."
While there are no numbers to prove breast are growing quicker in large cities than underdeveloped areas, many salespeople say they have noticed that trend.
As sales of larger bras are busting out, Embry opened special counters for its bigger-cup bras under the sub-brand Comfort in February and is planning to set more of such outlets around the nation.
The Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology released a report last week saying the average chest circumference of Chinese woman has hit 83.53 centimeters, up nearly 1cm from the early 1990s. The growth trend is credited to women eating more nutritiously and taking part in more sports.
I find it fascinating that there is a "Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology," and that, as it happens, it's decided to devote research money to breast size questions. I also find it interesting that this news is, well, news.
As for why I'm commenting on it... eh. It's sort of amusing, and may have interesting sociological implications. Besides, as we all know, I live for the excuse to blog about breasts.
And how is this related to blogging later in the week? Well, just wait and see.
* Okay, I'll come clean. I also just figured that the FHR might find this information quite interesting.