Sisqo, NYC’s Mayor, and Cher: the History of the Thong

Has any undergarment in recent memory been more publicized, scrutinized, and celebrated as the thong? While Sisqo, Cher, and Monica Lewinski may have made the thong an icon in the late 20th century, the thong’s origins might date back to the 1939 World’s Fair, and a (probably unfair) decree by former Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. In this episode, we’re tracing the story of the thong from those humble beginnings, through the invention of the thong bikini, to the advent of thongs going mainstream in the early 00s. We might not be able to tell you what “dumps like a truck” means, but we can definitely give you the breakdown on how thongs became a cultural phenomenon. Host Janae Price covers all this and more, in just over six minutes.

Did you know the history of the sex toy dates back millions of years? Or that McDonald’s McRib drew inspiration from the U.S. military? Or, that the modern tailgate might have been invented during a Civil War battle? In History of… Thrillist is taking you through a rapid-fire crash course on some of humankind’s greatest innovations in food, drink, travel, and fun. Hey, if you can keep up, you actually might learn something!


Senior Development Producer
Wil Fulton

Associate Producer
Mia Faske

Editorial Assistant/Voice Over
Janae Price

Motion Graphics & Animation
Danna Windsor

Senior Designer
Maggie Rossetti

Brendan Day

Production Coordinator
Charles Ross

Post Production Supervisor
Daniel Byrne

Director of Production
Anna Frangos

Senior Director –
Development & Production
Leo Fernandez

Creative Director
Audra V Pace

Head of Video
Jim D’Amico

Chief Content Officer
Meghan Kirsch

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