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Otto Titzling is a fictional character who is apocryphally described as the inventor of the brassiere in a book Bust Up: The Uplifting Tale of Otto Titzling, published by Macdonald in London in 1971 and by Prentice-Hall in the USA.

The name, a pun on "a two-tit sling," was invented by humorist Wallace Reyburn in the 1970s. Since then, the name has appeared in the game Trivial Pursuit, the 1988 movie Beaches features a song by this name sung by Bette Midler, and has appeared in practice questions sent out to prospective teams by the BBC 2 show University Challenge.

A similar situation exists with Thomas Crapper, who was a real-life plumber but did not invent the flush toilet.

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