Say what you will about the oversized purse trend, but a cavernous bag can make a pretty decent bulletproof shield when stuffed completely full of crap you don't really need.

Elizabeth Pittenger, a 22-year-old student at Middle Tennessee State University, was remarkably unharmed after being shot at by an unknown assailant. She was walking to her car late at night, when the armed man demanded her purse, cell phone and laptop. She fought back (perhaps because her fantastically expensive jumbo-purse had given her a false sense of invincibility) until he fired on her and fled.

Puzzled at how she survived, Elizabeth looked inside her purse and found that a calculator, umbrella and small case had all helped to stop the bullet.

To anybody who's ever accused us of having a purse full of "useless" junk: Joke's on you, sucka. Next time somebody takes a shot at you, you're going to wish you had our broken compact, empty Altoids tin and four bags of airline pretzels. And if a big purse isn't your thing, just make sure you're carrying around a bowling ball at all times, and you'll be just fine.


Also on Lemondrop: Purses aren't just good for stopping bullets. Check out these hunger-satisfying handbags.


Purses We Want to Eat

    Strawberry Cupcake Clutch by Leiber
    Reminds Us of: Strawberry Cupcakes

    NeimanMarcus.com/Flickr

    Sequin Catherine Clutch by Marc Jacobs
    Reminds Us of: Candy Apples

    Barneys.com/Flickr

    Waverly Bag by Kooba
    Reminds Us of: Chocolate Pudding

    Shopbop.com/Flickr

    Brocade Clutch by Barney's New York
    Reminds Us of: White Chocolate Candy Bar

    Barneys.com/Flickr

    Bianca Satchel by Botkier
    Reminds Us of: Blueberry Cobbler

    Amazon.com/Flickr

    Bucket Bag by Laetitia
    Reminds Us of: Cinnamon Sticks

    Amazon.com/Flickr

    Quilted Satchel by CL by Laundry
    Reminds Us of: Black Licorice

    Target.com/Flickr

    Marquee Purse by Muxo by Camila Alves
    Reminds Us of: Chocolates

    Lucia Python Clutch by Lorelei
    Reminds Us of: Fudge Brownies

    Shopbop.com/Flickr

    Marry Poppins Purse by Nahui Ollin
    Reminds Us of: Gum

    Amazon.com/Flickr