THE BLOATED TRUNCATED ICOSAHEDRON FP Swanepoel ± 2007
A mathematical essay on the alternative origin and design of the
Association of Cups garment (the Brassiere) and the Association Football ball.
(Please note that some of what follows is factual.)
Preview: First see the Bra and Ball page and then also the Potpourri page for a photograph of a knobkerrie.
Also note: It appears that the Druids venerated the human head and although sacrifices included its removal from the body the gory story that some of the first balls kicked around were human heads dressed in cloth should perhaps not be attributed to them and shall not be pursued. Here related is rather that which can be celebrated as human inventive glory:
Once upon a time and long, long ago in the land of Gaul an espoused woman, in alternative French History known as Mrs. Historalix, experienced the need for support of her female attributes. Available to her was a whalebone needle, rats gut, hog skin and thong from the same. She realized that the easiest shape to mark out on smoothed skin was the equilateral triangle and this she achieved with a pinkie with a witch like nail, dipped in a suspension of ochre in olive oil and by using the thumb as the fulcrum.
At first she marked out three of those triangles, cut them out with a flint knife and sewed them together to form a pyramid. But it would be too tight a fit, except perhaps for a very exceptional Donna of many centuries later. So she tried four triangles and then five – a cup of five and another one of five with one more in-
In Spain and Italy morals suffered and some men even found it necessary to lock up their wifes until they repented and reverted to the classical mathematical design. In Spain the women got away with accentuating bras by diverting attention to exquisite dresses and fascinating dancing, double tracking the minds of their men and enticing them to join the action for which the Spanish then became most famous. Besides the side stepping of bulls, dancing, immensely improved the foot work of their soccer players as proven these days by Real Madrid maintaining top or near top positions on the International Football log.
It is to be mentioned that the modified bra encouraged the French men also not to age too quickly. They started wearing close fitting show-