King Louis XV was stabbed in an assassination attempt, and fearing he was about to die, called his wife in his room and confessed to numerous affairs, asking for forgiveness. His thick winter clothes protected him, and the wound was only superficial. He survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 1872, a group of hunters in India captured and 'saved' a 6-year-old feral boy they saw trailing behind a pack of wolves in the forest. The boy only ate meat, despised wearing clothes, sharpened his teeth on bones and communicated in animal noises. He might've served as inspiration for Mowgli history.com/news/6-famous…
People scored higher in a mental agility test while wearing a lab coat that they believed was a doctor's coat. The effect was not there when they believed the same white coat was a painter's coat. The study showed that we embody associations we have with particular clothes. sciencedirect.com/science…
Flour distributors used to make their sacks more colorful during the Great Depression to help the people who often made clothes out of them remain at least somewhat fashionable. winkgo.com/1930s-flour-sa…
In Ghana, imported second-hand clothing is known as 'obroni wawo', or 'dead white man's clothes.' bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
The women who work in the garment recycling industry in India have a theory that because of a water shortage in the West, it must be cheaper to buy new clothes than to wash them. This explains why so many clothes are discarded barely worn. (Link fixed) aeon.co/videos/this-is-th…
The last uncontacted Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were encountered in 1984 in the heart of the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes. abc.net.au/news/2014-10-2…
In 1971 Fleetwood Mac had to cancel a sold out show booked at the Whiskey A Go Go when their guitarist Jeremy Spencer simply vanished into thin air. He was eventually found having cut off all his hair, dressed in shabby clothes, and joined a cult called The Children of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Velcro was invented by a Swiss electrical engineer after a hunting trip in the Alps in 1941. He took a close look at the burrs of burdock that stuck to his clothes and his dog’s fur and developed the technology for commercial use in the 1950s. sites.psu.edu/eseminar/20…
Companies don't follow the existing standard for the sizing of women's clothes. In 1937 a woman with a 32" bust would wear a size 14. In 1967 it was an 8. Then in 2011, it was a size 0. More expensive brands of women's pants tend to be smaller than those from cheaper brands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Thanks to a Swedish tax law regarding costumes, ABBA’s stage clothes were outlandishly-designed on purpose. As long as they were impractical for everyday wear, the group’s outfits were tax-deductible. wtop.com/news/2014/02/abb…
A topless, laid-back statue of Abraham Lincoln stands at a federal court in Los Angeles; sculptor James Lee Hansen explained in 1941 that "from a sculpturing standpoint, it’s better to show the body without any clothes, [so] that’s why I left ’em off" smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Clothes can be β€œunshrinked” bobvila.com/articles/how-…
In 1968 a group of Star Trek fans cornered William Sharner as he left 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and attempted to rip his clothes off. It is likely that this event stopped Shatner from attending Star Trek conventions for over a decade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1715, a Scottish Nobleman named William Maxwell escaped death by switching clothes with his wife’s maid on the night before his execution and fleeing the Tower of London. He escaped to Rome, where he lived with his wife for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1998, Sony released a camcorder that had "night vision" capabilities using infrared. The same infrared technology allowed the camera to see through people's clothes. 700,000 camcorders were sold before they were recalled. fossbytes.com/sony-accide…
20-50% of hypothermia fatalities are due to paradoxical undressing, or removing clothes due to disorientation. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoth…
Today I learned about Joshua Blahyi aka General Butt Naked, a Liberian warlord who didn't wear clothes in battle as he believed it helped him avoid bullets β€” he claims to have killed 20'000 people, participated in cannibalism and human sacrifice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
To deal with periods, β€œUntil the turn of the 20th century, women simply bled into their clothes or, where they could afford it, shaped scraps of cloth or other absorbents like bark or hay into a pad or tampon-like object” theconversation.com/thous…
Paradoxical undressing is a term for a phenomenon frequently seen in cases of lethal hypothermia. Shortly before death, the person will remove all their clothes, as if they were burning up, when in fact they are freezing. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/5…
Today I learned of the Fieschi Letter from 1327, which claims that King Edward II was not murdered as always assumed but changed clothes with a servant, killed the gate-keeper where he was imprisoned and escaped to exile in Europe. The letter was rediscovered 500 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fie…
People used to clean their clothes with gasoline. Requiring PSA’s warning people against it. theatlantic.com/video/ind…
In 1998, Sony released a camcorder with night vision so powerful it could see through people's clothes. Sony immediately issued a recall. fossbytes.com/sony-accide…
Although buttons are about 5,000 years old, functional buttons with buttonholes for fastening clothes only appeared in the 13th century. For millenia, they had only been used ornamentally, or as seals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Stephen King based his first novel, "Carrie", on two girls from his school. One was bullied for wearing used clothes, while the other was raised in a highly religious family. The first girl committed suicide by hanging herself at the age of 14, while the other died of an epileptic seizure. npr.org/2015/03/27/395798…
That John Wilkes Booth is said to be the first actor to have his clothes torn by fans. His good looks and charm made him an early American heat throb history.com/news/john-wil…
A popular 1865 song was called β€œJeff in petticoats”, due to the rumor of the former confederate president trying to escape arrest by disguising himself in his wife’s clothes. youtu.be/ZECALKKq6Tw
Sony released a camera in 1998 that could see through people's clothes. It included an infrared powered night mode that consumers realized could turn dark fabric and swimsuits transparent. Sony sold 700k "x-ray cameras" before fixing the issue in manufacturing. fossbytes.com/sony-accide…
The term "render farm" came about in part because Jamie Clay of Autodesk regularly wore farmer's clothes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
In 1984 a group of Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were discovered in the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes. bbc.com/news/magazine-305…
Principal Akbar Cook installed a free fully-stocked laundry room at school because students with dirty clothes were bullied and missing 3-5 days of school per month. Attendance rose 10%. abc7ny.com/education/nj-h…
Iran's Queen Tadj ol-Molouk played an important part in the abolition of the veil in Iran during the reign of her husband. She was the first Iranian Queen to show herself in public when she attended a gradation ceremony in modern clothes with her two daughters, without veils en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tad…
Gandhi had an arranged marriage when he was still prepubescent, at age 13. His wife was 14. β€œWe didn’t know much about marriage,” he said later. β€œFor is it meant only wearing new clothes and eating sweets.” He had his first son at 16. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kas…
The US court confirmed that Snuggies are blankets, not clothes theverge.com/2017/2/16/14…
Keith Moon once tried to put a hotel waterbed mattress in an elevator as a prank but it burst. He complained to the manager and convinced them it leaked and ruined his stage clothes. The hotel apologized and moved them to the antiques-filled Presidential Suite, which they demolished that night. videomuzic.eu/keith-moon-…
How British Cmdr Terence Otway, wanting to be sure his men wouldn’t leak the D-Day plans, tested them by sending 30 pretty members of the Women’s Aux. Air Force in civilian clothes to the local pubs with instructions to do all they could try and get the info, but none of the men fell for it. euronews.com/2014/06/03/7…
Today I learned of The Ma’nene Festival: An Odd Tradition Practiced in Indonesia Every Three Years where they dig up their deceased loved ones and dress them up in nice clothes. It’s believed to bring them good luck elitereaders.com/manene-f…
Steve Comisar sold 'Solar Powered Clothes Drier' in national magazines for $49.95 each. Customers received a length of ordinary clothesline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Helly Juell Hansen was a Norwegian captain that first produced clothes in 1877 to protect his crew against the harsh Nordic weather. His revolutionary new product infused linseed oil into cotton fabric. 141 years later, in 2018 the company was sold to Canadian Tire for $985 million. hellyhansen.com/about-us/…
Today I learned about Marco Bragadin gruesomely killed, first dragged around with sacks of stone on his back; then tied to a chair and hoisted up a Turkish flagship, then tied to a column and flayed alive, then his skin was stuffed and redressed in his military clothes, then rode on an ox around town venetoinside.com/hidden-t…
Today I learned of Dr. Mary Walker, an abolitionist, suffragist, surgeon, and the only female Medal of Honor recipient. She advocated for women to wear what they wanted. She’d often get arrested for wearing men's clothes, though she insisted "I don't wear men's clothes, I wear my own clothes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
While shooting for Deliverance (1972), Burt Reynolds insisted on doing a stunt by himself instead of a dummy. During the stunt, he got injured and his clothes came off. Waking up in hospital, he asked the director what it looked like, who said, "It looked like a dummy falling over a waterfall.' cinemablend.com/news/1557…
Gary Ridgway once moved the remains of two of his victims to Oregon, when he took his son there on a β€œcamping trip”. He packed them with his son’s clothes and his bicycle, in the trunk of his car. Ridgway paid cash on this trip and was careful not to leave any record linking him to Oregon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
During the production of Schindler's List (1993), to gather costumes for the more than 20,000 extras, the costume designer took out advertisements seeking clothes from the 1930s and 40's. Economic conditions were so poor in Poland, many people were eager to sell their clothing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Many African countries are against the importation of second hand clothes as it's destroying their local textiles industry amp-theguardian-com.cdn.a…
In 2017, fashion designers started selling $400+ "dirty clothes" to rich people who want to look poor. Some clothing comes ripped, stained, and can reach over $1000. businessinsider.com/the-b…
Today I learned about Mary of Woodstock, who was made a nun at 7, went to live by herself in comfortable private quarters, and travelled widely around the country with no husband or kids. Every year she was given the equivalent of $250,000, twice the usual allowance for clothes, and 5,120 gallons of wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Alexander the Great, by the end of his military campaign conquering Asia, started dressing with foreign clothes, adopted foreign rituals, believed himself to be divine, and showed megalomaniac behaviour, making him lose the sympathy of his men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Bai Fangli, "a Chinese pedicab driver", "donated 350,000 yuan (US$54,958 in 2015) over a span of 18 years to enable more than 300 poor students to continue with their studies". He "wore second hand discarded clothes", "lived in a shabby house", "ate humble food" and donated most of his income. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bai…
In 1875 a swarm of 12.5 trillion locusts covering 198,000 square miles and weighing 27.5 million tons descended upon the Great Plains, devouring all plant life in their path. Farmers that tied to shoo them away had the clothes eaten right off their bodies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Georgy Zhukov, "hero of the Soviet Union", and victorious general of the Battle of Berlin in 1945, always kept a small bag of clothes and belongings in case he was arrested by his own country's KGB. He did this until 1957. warisboring.com/georgy-zh…
JosΓ© Sanjurjo, senior leader of the 1936 coup that started the Spanish Civil War, died in at the start of the coup because his plane, which was dangerously overloaded with his luggage, crashed. When warned of the danger he said, "I need to wear proper clothes as the new leader of Spain." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
People during the American Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s were encouraged to march in their finest clothes so as to reframe the very idea of what a disrupter looked like. vogue.com/article/rosa-pa…
Today I learned of Extreme Ironing, a sport in which people take ironing boards to remote locations and iron clothes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
There's a fetish term and concept for people who are aroused by wearing clothing intended for their own gender (men wearing men's clothes, or women wearing women's clothing) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
People in the final stages of hypothermia engage in "paradoxical undressing" because, as they lose rationality and their nerves are damaged, they feel incredibly, irrationally hot. They strip off their clothes to cool themselves down as they are freezing to death and then start burrowing. io9.gizmodo.com/why-freez…
During the vajont disaster, a megatsunami created by a massive landslide that killed about 2000 people, was so strong, the wall of water pushed an air pocket more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, so strong that people's clothes were blown off by the blast before the wave came bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Today I learned about Han Qizhi, a 31-year-old shoe salesman, who in February 2001, after being "struck by a rash impulse", climbed a 421 meter skycraper in Shanghai barehanded and in street clothes. He was arrested with bleeding hands and released two weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin…
The Central African Republic's 1977 imperial coronation, praised by the French president, cost a ΒΌ of the govt budget (chiefly French funds). European cars, food & clothes were flown in. The afterparty had Vietnamese ex-bargirls & the French naval orchestra. Human flesh was allegedly served en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
A tour group thought a woman was missing from their group because she changed her clothes. She even helped in her own missing person search before she realized that the group was looking for her. cbsnews.com/news/missing-…
For six months Daniel Radcliffe wore the same clothes every time he went out in public, so that the paparazzi could not sell any photos of him. ladbible.com/funny/celebr…
In 2008 Prince Charles paid a nearly 400 years old debt of Β£453.15, made by King Charles II, who did not have enough money for the clothes of his soldiers, before the last battle of the British civil war. princeofwales.gov.uk/spee…
A chimp named Yuhui learned how to hand wash clothes by watching his caretaker. indianexpress.com/article…
Clothes and fabric darken when wet because liquid reflects light within the fabric and restricts the amount of light that is reflected back to the human eye. abc.net.au/science/articl…
Today I learned about Muezza, the Islamic Prophet Muhammad's cat. It is said that sometimes Muhammad gave sermons with the cat in his lap, and that Muhammad cut a piece off his clothes as to not disturb the cat from his rest on said clothes. As such, Muslims hold cats as cherished and lovable creatures. religion.wikia.org/wiki/M…
In the 1880s and 1890s, 'dude’ was another word for β€˜dandy’. In 1888 New York socialite and Chow dog enthusiast Evander Berry Wall (1861-1940), dubbed King of the Dudes, won a 'Battle of the Dudes' twice. He owned 5000 neckties and once changed clothes 40 times between breakfast and dinner. headstuff.org/culture/his…
β€˜swimhiking’ is considered an inventive recreational sport. The meaning is quite straightforward, just engaging in swimming and hiking carrying with you a change of clothes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
British politician John Stonehouse faked his death in November 1974, leaving a pile of clothes on a beach in Miami. It was presumed he had gone swimming and drowned. But Stonehouse was actually en route to Australia to set up a new life with his mistress and secretary, Sheila Buckley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
People used to make clothes from asbestos. These garments were fireproof and people cleaned them by burning off the stains. io9.gizmodo.com/the-sordi…
Today I learned of Steve Comisar, who sold a 'solar-powered clothes dryer' for $39.99. Customers would then receive a clothesline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Before the Battle of Pratapgarh, Shivaji met with the enemy general Khan; prepared for treachery. He wore an armour under his clothes which saved him from being stabbed during a hug, to which he retaliated by disembowelling the general with Wolverine-style claws. The battle was won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1923, Lithuania annexed the KlaipΔ—da/Memel region from France using "volunteers" in civilian clothes, claiming a non-existing local "revolt". The region remains Lithuanian today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kla…
All women in Iran are required by law to wear loose-fitting clothes. In reality the dress code is more relaxed and open to interpretation. It’s not unusual to see young women in the larger cities wearing figure-hugging manteaus, skinny jeans, high heels and colourful rusaris lonelyplanet.com/iran/wom…
In the middle ages some kings had clothes made from "Salamander fur" which were completely fire-proof and bright white. The name likely comes from the common belief that Salamanders were "born from fire". The clothes were actually made out of asbestos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The German Olympic Sports Confederation has an official member club for FreikΓΆrperkultur, or German-style clothes-free recreation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The Jacobite Earl of Nithsdale was sentenced to the axe. His wife paid a final visit to the Tower of London, accompanied by two maids. They dressed him in women's clothes, a headdress and caked his face in make-up to hide his long beard. The transvestite Lord then simply walked out of his cell londonist.com/london/hist…
Because clothes cannot be washed in the ISS, dirty laundry is just de-orbited and burns as it reenters Earth's atmosphere nasa.gov/vision/space/liv…
Today I learned about Abu l-Hasan 'Ali Ibn Nafi' aka Ziryab, the blackbird of Cordoba. He introduced the three-course meal, consisting of soup, the main course, and dessert. He is thought to have invented an early toothpaste. He also started a vogue by changing clothes according to the weather and season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zir…
The 1955 Hindi song "My Shoes are Japanese", sung by Mukesh, became popular and a patriotic symbol of the newly independent India. In the song, the narrator asserts pride in being Indian, despite their clothes all being from other countries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Isdal Woman Mystery: In November 1970, the badly burnt body of a woman was found in a remote spot in Norway's Isdalen valley. Someone had cut the labels off her clothes, and scraped distinctive marks off her belongings. Police uncovered a trail of coded messages, disguises, and fake identities bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Jeff Buckley died at age 30 swimming in a river wearing clothes with boots on, without any alcohol or drugs in his system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
Chinese banknotes carried portraits of people from 14 different ethnic groups such as Hui, Yi, Dong. The artists went to minority areas along the border area in southwest China’s Yunnan province and carefully observed the features, clothes and accessories of local people to sketch en.people.cn/n3/2018/0323…
Today I learned about JΓ³lakΓΆtturinn. The Icelandic Yule Cat who eats children that weren’t gifted clothes for Christmas. nationalgeographic.com.au…
A CIA document called "Mars Exploration" dated to May 22, 1984 covers remote viewing and astral projection. There are descriptions of "pyramid forms", "mountains that appear and disappear", "very tall and thin beings that wear strange clothes". This document was cleared for release Aug 8, 2000. cia.gov/library/readingro…
In 1998 Sony launched 700,000 camcorders which unknowingly had the ability to see through people's clothes. They were immediately recalled. news.com.au/technology/in…
In the final stages of hypothermia, humans exhibit two strange behaviors; paradoxical undressing, in which a person will remove all their clothes despite being dangerously close to death, and a completely autonomous, instinctual burrowing behavior. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
β€œdry” cleaning is a misnomer, because it isn’t actually dry at all. It refers to a method of cleaning clothes using a liquid chemical solvent instead of water. home.howstuffworks.com/dr…
A man in India developed low cost sanitary pads for the rural women because they were so expensive. The purpose of his feat was to prevent his wife from using dirty clothes. His name is Arunachalam Muruganantham and Bollywood recently made a movie called "Padman" inspired by his story. youtu.be/zkQL7UJYDIY
Today I learned of Steve Comisar: a man who sold "solar powered clothes dryers" for $49.95 in national magazines. Unsuspecting customers would receive a length of clothes line. shenhuifu.org/2017/07/07/…
Research on body lice suggests that humans started wearing clothes between 30,000 and 110,000 years ago. nature.com/scitable/blog/…
Geddy Lee's parents fell in love in Auschwitz at the age of 12 or 13. His father would bribe the guards to give his mother food or clothes as a sign of affection. express.co.uk/celebrity-n…
Despite being worth €37.3 billion the founder of IKEA drove an old Volvo, travelled by economy class, brought a lunch box to work, visited vegetable street markets right before they closed for the day, hoping to get better prices and shopped for clothes at the local flea markets. straitstimes.com/world/eu…
A woman changed clothes while on a tour of Iceland and people thought she went missing because they didn't recognize her. The woman joined a search party looking for herself. yahoo.com/news/blogs/the-…
Clothes act as a filter that helps us avoid breathing bacteria expelled from someone’s fart. health.howstuffworks.com/…
Laundry detergent only removes stains and doesn't kill germs or bacteria. Only washing in hot water with bleach kills them. Washing clothes in cold water just spreads the germs around the clothes ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of a sport called extreme ironing, where a person tries to iron clothes in the most extreme place possible, such as underwater while diving or while skiing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
Today I learned of one of the most inaccurately named men in history: Charles Coward. While in German captivity, he traded clothes with a Jewish inmate so he could report to the British on what was happening in Auschwitz, and later testifyed in Nuremberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1998, a Georgia high school student was suspended from school after wearing a Pepsi t-shirt on Coke Day. Upon hearing the news, a Pepsi spokesperson said, "Without knowing all the details, it sounds like (he's) obviously a trendsetter with impeccable taste in clothes." nytimes.com/1998/03/26/bu…
Romans used human urine in daily life (whitening teeth, tanning, growing tastier fruit, cleaning clothes...). cienciahistorica.com/arti…
Today I learned about Vanity Sizing. Clothing companies will mislabel the size of their clothes, often labeling the size as smaller than it is, so that you feel better about yourself and continue to shop there. Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy being some examples of companies that use vanity sizing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…

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