Today I learned of the Yaghan, the people inhabiting the southernmost tip of the world. Despite extreme cold, they used to wear no clothing and instead lit many fires. This caused passing European ships to call their land the "land of fires". wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaghan…
The formal clothing of the Roman Citizen was the Toga. During Roman elections, those running for political office would rub their Toga with a dazzling white chalk to stand out. Called Toga Candida (pure-white) this clothing was the origin of the word "candidate". ancient.eu/article/48/the…
In the 1700s, women's pockets weren't sewn into their clothing. They were a separate piece that was tied around the waist. In the late 18th century, clothes became tighter which made pockets seem bulky. This helped popularize purses. eluxemagazine.com/fashion…
Today I learned about Whipping Tom of 1681, a nickname given to a serial spanker in London. He would wait for an unaccompanied woman, grab her, lift her dress and slap her buttocks whiles shouting "Spanko!" before fleeing. Vigilantes would dress in women's clothing and patrol the areas he was known to operate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
A massive amount of the donations sent to clothing recycling companies and charities end up being exported and sold all over the world, heavily dominating local markets across Africa. theguardian.com/sustainab…
In Tang Dynasty China (600s-900s AD), women wearing men's clothing was a fashion trend. Normally a taboo in China, it was made acceptable by the Li Clan's (the Imperial Family's) women- notably Princess Pingyang- who actually commanded armies during the Dynasty's foundational wars. newhanfu.com/what-did-the…
Although the kilt is an icon of Scottish clothing, Its invention credits -not without controversy- to Thomas Rawlinson, an English industrialist who created the modern-day kilt - another fun fact is the kilt has roots to the late 1600's, Which means the kilts in Braveheart are inaccurate. lochcarron.co.uk/blog/the…
Today I learned of Oprichniki, a force led by Ivan the Terrible which wore black clothing and rode black horses. They rode with severed dogs heads as they terrorized Russia and Ivan carried a canine head made of iron jaws which opened and snapped shut as he galloped. Some believe this force was his wife's idea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opr…
The French fashion designer, Madeleine Vionnet, disliked people plagiarizing her clothing designs so much that she began stamping her fingerprint on the labels of all her designs. fashionheritage.eu/the-po…
Today I learned about "the boy jones" who stole Queen Victoria's clothing and stuffed them in his trousers and lived in Buckingham Palace chimneys for a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The "fly" in a pair of trousers refers to the flap of clothing covering the opening, and not the zipper itself. For tailors, a fly is any flap of clothing that covers an opening in a garment. courant.com/ctnow/hc-word…
In 1990, a man scaled an airport wall without a stitch of clothing, fought off four security guards, stole a Jeep, and drove it into a running jet engine. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Abercrombie & Fitch store staff used to be required to buy and wear A&F clothing. However, a California labor regulator settlement led to the store staff being allowed to wear any no-logo clothing, as long as it corresponds with the season and style of the brand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe…
In 1986, Apple Launched a Clothing Line. It didn't go so well. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
A Marine sniper unit in Iraq became huge fans of Gilmore Girls. Near Christmas in 2005 one of them wrote to the show's creator about the lack of male clothing options in the show's gift store. Weeks later they received five boxes of Gilmore Girls jackets. thisamericanlife.org/606/…
In Ghana, imported second-hand clothing is known as 'obroni wawo', or 'dead white man's clothes.' bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
Today I learned of 17th cent. Swedish Queen Christina who surprisingly abdicated her throne. Very bright, and a lover of arts, she almost bankrupt Swed. in her extravagance. Speculators suggest her abdication was a result of her proclivity towards "men's pursuits," wearing men's clothing and refusal to marry. headstuff.org/culture/his…
Nigo (founder of clothing brands, Bape and Human Race) and Verbal (co-founder of clothing/jewelry brand, Ambush) were part of the Teriyaki Boyz who created two songs for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
Columbo’s famous overcoat was not part of the wardrobe department’s clothing selection, but originally purchased and owned by actor Peter Falk himself. In 1966, Falk was walking in New York when it started to rain, he entered a random shop and bought a raincoat to stay dry. columbo-site.freeuk.com/r…
The early devkits for the Oculus Quest 2 were disguised as clothing irons to avoid suspicion and design leaks. roadtovr.com/oculus-quest…
This year, the official Yu Gi Oh tournament hosted by Konami instituted a hygiene clause to rulebook. This allows judges to penalize players with dirty clothing or terrible odor by giving them a loss. Super Smash Bros tournament have also started implementing similar rules. theregister.co.uk/2019/04…
The origin of the word pawn is patinum which is the Latin term for clothing. In earlier times, clothes were some of the most valuable items people owned which is why they were usually given to pawn shops. history.co.uk/shows/pawn-…
Colin Farell helped a drifter in Toronto win $2,000 from a radio station, who was offering it to anyone who could bring the actor to their studio. 4 years later, he helped the same man again, by taking him on a $2,100 shopping spree for essential clothing and giving him $830 for rent. ctvnews.ca/colin-farrell-…
Shares in Lululemon Athletic Inc. fell more than 3% in 2013 after the yoga clothing maker said it was recalling some its black pants because they were too see-through cbc.ca/news/business/lulu…
The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a 3rd camera that captures in the infrared spectrum & can see through plastic & clothing & has been banned in China. youtu.be/ZE3TpdRJygs
Belly button lint forms because your hairs point toward your navel, and breathing causes your shirt to move up and down, transporting loose clothing fibers forward along those hairs, but not backward. nature.com/articles/s4159…
A passenger was turned away from two flights because he was wearing 10 layers of clothing to avoid extra luggage fees vice.com/en_au/article/8x…
The difference between a manikin and a mannequin. Manikins are manikins are used to help simulate medical, surgical, or clinical scenarios whereas mannequins are used to show off clothing. engeniumstaffing.com/blog…
There is a Finnish-based, mostly antisocial form of drinking culture, in which the alcoholic consumes alcohol drinks at home in as little clothing as possible, mainly in underwear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Fluorescent substances are added to many laundry detergents because they make white clothing appear less yellow and more white. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opt…
Today I learned of the Nazino affair - the mass deportation of 6,000 "socially harmful" people to Nazino Island in the Soviet Union in May 1933. They were abandoned with only flour for food, and little in the way of tools, clothing, or shelter, and those who attempted to leave were killed by armed guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
The date clothing originated isn't known. Estimates range from 40,000 years ago to 540,000 years ago. A study of human body lice suggests clothing originated at least 170,000 years ago as the lice couldn't have survived on humans without clothing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
We call athletic uniforms β€œJerseys” because that’s where the wool for the clothing came from (however now, jerseys are more commonly made from nylon). mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Balkan sworn virgins, women who would take a vow of celibacy in order to be able to live as a man in certain Balkan nations. They could wear male clothing, inherit property, and become the head of a household. Women would take the oath to escape arranged marriages and having to bear children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
A non-Indigenous company holds worldwide exclusive rights to use the Australian Aboriginal flag on clothing. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-1…
Elizabethan era upper-class Englishmen were restricted to spending no more than 100 pounds per year on clothing. elizabethanenglandlife.co…
Today I learned about "Burusera" or the sexualized attraction to the underwear or uniforms of young women. In Japan burusera shops used to be common and schoolgirls once openly participated in the sale of their used clothing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
When a clothing company called The South Butt was asked to cease and desist by The North Face, they complied, then turned around and created "Why Climb Mountains," featuring The Butt Face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1890, an 8-year-old boy named Henry James Bristow saved his 3-year-old sister's life by tearing off her clothing when she caught on fire. She had knocked over a paraffin lamp on the mantlepiece. Henry was severely burnt in the process and later died of his injuries. london-walking-tours.co.u…
Today I learned about vanity sizing, which is the practice of assigning smaller sizes to clothing to flatter customers and encourage sales. For example, a Sears dress with a 32 inch (81 cm) bust was labeled a size 14 in the 1930s, a size 8 in the 1960s, and a size 0 in the 2010s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Ivan the Terrible of Russia had a bodyguard corps that wore black clothing and rode black horses. They also had a severed dogs head attached to their saddles, using them to β€œsniff out” treason. Due to the lack of taxidermy, a constant supply of fresh heads was needed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opr…
The clothing company, Hugo Boss, was nearly dismantled following World War 2 due to the founder being a staunch supporter of the Nazi Party. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
They used shaved bears dressed in female clothing and wearing a wig to recreate the myth of a pigfaced women at carnavals mythpodcast.com/tag/pig-f…
In the Middles Ages, psychiatric disorder existed among the upper class causing people to fear that they were made of glass "and therefore likely to shatter into pieces". One famous sufferer was King Charles VI of France, who wore reinforced clothing to protect himself from "shattering" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Ed Hardy was a tattoo artist, tutoring under the famous Sailor Jerry, before striking out on his own and eventually licensing his name to clothing apparel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Today I learned about BarthΓ©lemy Thimonnier, a French tailor who invented the first (practical) sewing machine and opened the first machine-based clothing manufacturing company in the world. His factory was burned down by a mob of tailors who fear that his invention would ruin their business. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In the US a check does not need to be written on a bank check. It can be written on anything (including clothing) and legally be cashed as long as it includes the proper information. money.cnn.com/2001/03/22/…
John Cadbury, the founder of Cadbury Chocolate. When he first started his buisness in 1824, he hired a Chinese worker in traditional Chinese clothing because he believed it would attract more customers cooksinfo.com/john-cadbur…
Modern bikini (clothing) was named after US nuclear weapon test at Bikini Atoll in 1946 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
In 1918 Chicago during the Great Flu Pandemic Julia β€œSlick Julia” Lyons posed as a home nurse and then robbed them. First she would over-charge them for prescriptions ($63 for a $5 dose of oxygen) and then would flat out steal cash, jewelry, clothing, or any other valuables she could find. mentalfloss.com/article/6…

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