Here’s something more than half of the world’s population can relate to: A National Geographic Channel Bra_2 special on the origins of the brassiere.

We love ’em, we hate ’em, but what do we really know about these tender undergarments? According to the folks at Nat Geo, the tradition dates back to the Roman days when women began wearing what would today be considered a “body bandage,” or a large piece of fabric wrapped awfully tight. Thankfully, our options have evolved considerably since then.

Among the who-knew? stats offered up as teasers for the spesh:

**Bras are a $16 billion-a-year business.

**The modern system of cup sizing dates back to the late 1920s

**Women today, on average, own six and a half bras. (huh?)

**More than 4 million bras are produced every day.

“The Secret History of the Bra” bows Sept. 28 at 10 p.m.

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