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July 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Does a Speedo cast a pall on your beach vacation?

Peter Travis (left), the creator of the Speedo in the 1960s, stands on Australia's Bondi Beach with his Speedo-wearing nephew. (Sydney Morning Herald photo, 2008).

Peter Travis (left), the creator of the Speedo trunks  in the 1960s, stands on Australia’s Bondi Beach with his Speedo-wearing nephew. (Sydney Morning Herald photo, 2008).

It’s summer.  It’s beach-vacation time.  And that brings men in Speedo-type swimsuits, those really tight and really skimpy swimsuits that some beach-goers love and others loathe.

 Invented by an Australian, and beloved initially by competitive swimmers, men worldwide now don Speedo-type suits, little stretchy bits of nylon that leave little to the imagination.

Europeans appear to love Speedos best (hence the bathing suit’s nickname of “Euro pouch”), with young muscled hunks and older men of significant girth all strutting the beaches.  

According to a recent beach-vacation survey by Expedia, the Bellevue-based travel company, in France 91 percent of beach-goers surveyed approve of Speedos. Italians love them, too, with 87 percent approval. The Japanese, with only 29-percent approval, and Norwegians, at 34 percent, are definitely not Speedo fans.  (And yes, this was a serious poll conducted by Harris Interactive for Expedia of 8,606 people in 21 countries in the spring.)

 What do Americans think? U.S. beach-goers were split.  Fifty-two percent said a Speedo-type bathing suit was acceptable beach wear; 48 percent said no, no, no, too much information.  

  What’s your vote on Speedos?

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