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Calling all vintage lingerie fans: Feast your eyes on the oldest bra ever found. Undergarment history, which pegged the first bra as hitting the scene around 100 years ago, has been rewritten thanks to the discovery of this 600 year old linen brassiere unearthed by archeologists in an Austrian castle. The actual find went down in 2008 but didn't leave academic circles until the BBC televised a program on it. Bra enthusiasts outside of academia must have been distracted by the Victoria's Secret runway show. (See how far we've come?) [Guardian]