- Alton Towers banned the banana hammock last summer for being 'not appropriate for a family venue'.
- There's been a 400% increase in searches for the word "Speedo" in the past six months, compared with the same time last year.
- Aussies and Slavics are grand with the 'aul lolly bags; our American counterparts are less forgiving however (with the exception of Mark Spitz and Magnum PI).
- Cristiano Ronaldo looks good in one.
Still not convinced? Blame Brazil. The most divisive beach fashion stems from Ipanema - home to the first male crochet g-string. Don't believe me? Check out the episode where The Simpsons go to Rio; even Homer is wearing one!