Fun in the Sun

Many of us flock to the beach whenever we can during the warmer months. Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a week-long family trip, few things are better than an ocean breeze and toes buried in the sand. Surprisingly, 60 percent of Americans don’t use all of their vacation time. In fact, only 25 percent of U.S. workers take all of their vacation days; another 15 percent don’t even go on any type of vacation.

So while you are getting ready to head to the beach this year, have you ever wondered about random things like the history of the bikini? You’d likely be surprised to find that it was created as a WWII rationing effort. And the name itself is named after the location of the atomic bomb testing—the Bikini Atolls in the Marshall Islands. It wasn’t until the 1950s and 1960s that the bikini became popular. You can thank Hollywood actresses like Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor for making the bikini the hit that it now is today.

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