In 1933, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were at a White House event when they whimsically abandoned their guests for a joyride. Both took turns flying and Roosevelt later stated, "It does mark an epoch, doesn't it, when a girl in an evening dress and slippers can pilot a plane at night." baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
In Western dress codes, technically a black-tie event is still only 'semi-formal', as fully formal dress is 'white-tie', which for men requires a coat with tails. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Today I learned about The floating turd mystery that still haunts NASA. During Apollo 10 β€” in which a crewed spacecraft orbited the moon as a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing β€” astronauts encountered a deep mystery. One of them had left a "turd floating in the air". vox.com/2015/5/26/8646675…
In 2019, a nurse set the record for the fastest marathon in a nurse's uniform, but was originally rejected by Guinness World Records, because she was wearing scrubs and pants, and not a blue and white dress, apron, and a nurse's cap. After backlash, they backed down and accepted her record edition.cnn.com/2019/05/0…
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…
From 1984-89, Madonna had a record-breaking 15 "Top 5" US hits in a row: Like a Virgin, Material Girl, Crazy for You, Angel, Dress You Up, Live to Tell, Papa Don’t Preach, True Blue, Open Your Heart, La Isla Bonita, Who’s That Girl, Causing a Commotion, Like a Prayer, Express Yourself & Cherish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khan III, the Maharaja of Junagadh (1900-1959), owned 800 dogs, each with its own room, a telephone, and a servant. He had his liveried staff dress his dogs in formal evening suits, mount them on rickshaws, and drive them. When a dog died, state mourning was declared tribuneindia.com/2003/200…
Today I learned about a popular trend in the 1950s, known as Chameleon Streaks or Hair Flashes, where women attached colorful hairpieces to their updos to match their dress or mood. youtu.be/lwVA4t56PLI
The band Arcade Fire once had a formal dress code for their concerts slate.com/culture/2013/11…
The ancient Chinese emperor, Zhu Houzhao, had a fake shopping market built outside his palace so he could pretend to shop like the commoners did. It was staffed by his servants who he made dress up like merchants and commoners. historythings.com/history…
Today I learned about β€œMummering,” a medieval practice that continues today in places like Newfoundland. People dress up in disguises and visit houses during Christmas time. newfoundlandlabrador.com/…
Ye Olde "rushes strewn on the floor" actually meant woven rush mats, not loose hay on the floor like in stables, acting like carpets or Japanese tatami and allowing medieval noblewomen to have long trailing dress hems. historicalnovelists.tripo…
In 1995 Australian costume designer Lizzy Gardiner wore a dress made entirely of genuine, but expired, American Express Gold cards to the 67th Academy Awards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Chief Running Antelope was the only Native American featured on U.S. paper money. U.S. designers swapped his Sioux head dress for an incorrect Pawnee head dress because the correct head dress was too tall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
The 'Expert Wizard Amendment' in New Mexico (1995) required psychiatrists and psychologists to dress up as wizards in court proceedings if they provided expert testimony. It was revealed to be satire before the vote, yet passed the New Mexico Senate unanimously. It was not signed into law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
In South Korea February 14th is Valentine's day where women give men presents. March 14th is White Day where men give women presents. April 14th is Black Day where single people gather together, dress in black, and eat a bunch of food. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Chris Cornell of Soundgarden once attended a Halloween costume party hosted by Ann Wilson of Heart. The theme was "dress as your favorite song." Cornell arrived in a yellow costume with papier mache around his head, and his face completely blacked out. He was "Black Hole Sun." rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned about Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street. Know as "the greatest miser", she was said never to turn on the heat or use hot water, wore one dress and undergarments until they worn out, didn't wash her hands and ate fifteen cents pies. Her son lost his leg after she refused to pay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het…
Kasier Wilhelm II once had a general called Dietrich von HΓΌlsen-Haeseler dress in a pink tutu and dance for him. Unfortunately for him, at the end of his performance he died of a heart attack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
Halloween originated in Samhain when people would dress up and light Bonfires to ward off ghosts. In the 8th century, November 1 was set as a time to honor all the saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain, and the night before was known as Hallows Eve history.com/topics/hallow…
In 2015, a journal about research on vision published an entire issue about the blue and black/white and gold dress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When buttons were invented in the 13th century, wealthy women did not dress themselves β€” their lady’s maid did. As most people are right-handed, it was easier for maids to fasten with the buttons on the left. And that's why men's and women's buttons are on opposite sides. today.com/today/amp/tdna1…
Sumo wrestlers must wear traditional dress when in public: the lower-ranked wrestlers wear only a thin cotton robe, even in winter, and wear wooden sandals; those ranked higher wear a short overcoat over their robe, and may wear straw sandals; and the highest-ranked wear quality silk robes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
In 1902, Scottish explorers went on an expedition to Antarctica, and they brought along a piper, who was tasked with maintaining morale. He played the bagpipes in full Highland dress next to a penguin (which was tethered to a large pot packed with snow), but the penguin was sleepily indifferent mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Iqbal Bano, a Pakistani singer openly defied its dictator by wearing a forbidden dress and singing a forbidden song in front of 50,000 people. A recording survived the purge youtu.be/dxtgsq5oVy4
Today I learned of a giant "WELCOME TO CLEVELAND" sign on a rooftop in the flight path of a Milwaukee airport. It has been causing confusion to passengers since 1978. Creator, Mark Gubin, said: "Living in the world is not a dress rehearsal. You better have fun with it." aviationhumor.net/this-gu…
Today I learned about Ashley's Sack. Ashley, a slave, was sold at nine years old. Her mother provided a cotton sack as a parting gift. Telling her "it be filled with my love always", it contained a tattered dress, a handful of pecans, and a braid of her mother's hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
Ella Slack has worked as the 'stand in Queen' for the past 30 years. Her role is to essentially be the Monarch during dress rehearsals for most royal engagements. womanandhome.com/life/new…
A boy dying of an incurable illness wanted to meet Luke Skywalker (in character). His mental state devolved to the point where he did not realise Luke was fictional. Mark Hamill agreed to dress up in character and meet the boy. He spent hours answering questions. bestlifeonline.com/this-m…
Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) was so upset that the other actors could laugh and be happy while she had to be so cold and heartless that near the end of production she removed her dress and stood in only her panties to prove she was not a cold-hearted monster gointothestory.blcklst.co…
The name "sneakers" originally referred to how quiet the rubber soles were on the ground, in contrast to noisy standard hard leather sole dress shoes. Someone wearing sneakers could "sneak up" on someone while someone wearing standards could not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sne…
The psychedelic furs song β€œPretty in Pink” inspired the 80’s cult classic of the same name. But, the song is not about a dress, it refers to the beauty of the nude female body. The popularity of the song with young girls alienated the band’s older fan base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The best-selling German novels of all time involve a native American fighting together with a German cowboy in the Wild West. This created a subculture of tens of thousands of Germans that, to this day, call each other by names such as "White Wolf", dress in animal fur, and live in teepees. utne.com/mind-and-body/ge…
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…
Today I learned about Black Day, the anti-Valentine's Day, where S. Korean singles dress in black and gather together to eat dark colored food. Jajangmyeon, a savory black bean sauce over noodles, is the preferred dish for those resenting Valentine's to commiserate over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned about the 'Rebecca Riots' in 19th Century Wales. Farmers would paint their faces and dress as women, calling themselves the 'daughters' of Rebecca (a biblical figure). They would riot, protest and launch attacks against landowner's and tollgates, ultimately succeeding in changing the law. walesonline.co.uk/lifesty…
Kenan Thompson refused to dress in drag on "Saturday Night Live" until the show hired a black woman. businessinsider.com/snls-…
Roman Emperor Caligula was actually called Gaius. The nickname Caligula meant β€˜little boots’ and came from the fact that his father like to dress him up in child-sized armor. He hated it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
In the 18th century wealthy European landowners would pay hermits to dress as druids and live in the gardens of their estates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
The CEO of GM, Mary Barra, changed the workplace dress code from a complicated 10-page document to two words: "Dress appropriately." inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/th…
Chumash hunters would dress like deer and graze alongside their prey until they were close enough to fire an arrow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
After President Kennedy was shot Jackie Kennedy wore her blood-soaked, pink dress to both the hospital and the swearing in of President Johnson. The unlaundered suit was donated to the National Archives and Records Administration and will not be placed on public display until 2103. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The University of New Hampshire has a gallery on Betty and Barney Hill, known internationally for reporting they had been abducted by aliens in 1961. The exhibit features aliens depicted in a sculpture and drawings, the dress Betty wore, notebooks, photographs, and documents about the abduction newswise.com/articles/exh…
In 1968, Joachim Foikis received a $3500 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to dress up in a jester’s outfit and "mock the four pillars of society: money, status, respectability, and conformity". He served as Vancouver's official Town Fool for two years. thetyee.ca/Life/2012/08/2…
"Snoopy" the lunar lander for the Apollo 10 mission dress rehearsal for the successful Apollo 11 moon landing was purposely left under fueled to prevent the crew from deciding to go off book and land on the moon when they were not supposed to. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
George Lucas told Carrie Fisher not to wear a bra under her white dress in Star Wars A New Hope "because nobody wears underwear in Space". syfy.com/syfywire/how_geo…
A "macaroni", as mentioned in Yankee Doodle, refers to a 1700s trend wherein some men would dress up in ridiculously over the top clothing and speak in a gender-ambiguous manner. The name came from young men who had toured Italy referring to fashionable things as "very macaroni". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Pilots dress as ship captains because the first long haul passenger airplanes used to be considered flying boats, since they landed on water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Today I learned of the IMCF, a sport in which people dress in full medieval armor and fight each other in an arena with a shield and (blunt) swords en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
When Titanic first struck the iceberg, William Carter told his wife to "Get up and dress yourself and the children". She didn't see him again until the next morning, when all he said was he had had a jolly good breakfast and that he never thought she would make it. They divorced two years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…

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