The Roman punishment for the killing of parents was known as Poena cullei ('penalty of the sack') and it consisted of being sewn up in a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals including a dog, snake, monkey, and a chicken or rooster, and then being thrown into a body of water. imperiumromanum.edu.pl/en…
Rolls Royce uses the leather of 15 to 18 Bulls per car, raised in cold climates to prevent marks from insect bites. Cows aren't used because they might have stretch marks from pregnancies. thehogring.com/2011/03/22…
In an 1893 American football game between rival schools, the home team players showed up on the field with full-body, oiled leather suits, so the slick surface would make it extremely difficult for the opposing players to get a grip on them - but the oil-less squad still won 6-0 mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Fashion designer Tina Goranjc will use authenticated DNA of the late Alexander McQueen to grow human skin. Goranjc plans to tan the skin and use it to create leather jackets and bags. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The fangs of a funnel-web spider are very strongβ€”they can pierce through shoe leather and fingernails! nationalgeographic.org/me…
The early 20th century Marquess of Anglesey, Henry Cyril Paget, led an extremely lavish lifestyle. He travelled in a custom car with leather furniture, wooden fixtures, and a baroque carved ceiling. The exhaust pipe sprayed scent: sometimes violet, sometimes patchouli, sometimes l’eau d’Espagne thechap.co.uk/2013/12/18/…
From around 1857 to 1889, a man known only as the Leatherman repeatedly walked a 365-mile loop around the northeastern US. He wore a handmade leather coat, scarf and hat and although he frequently stopped in towns along his route, he never told anyone his name. His identity remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Today I learned about Hoof Fungus that grows on the bark of coniferous trees. Its used for starting slow burning fires by extracting a material called Amadou, a precious resource for ancient people. It's also used for repelling mosquitos by smoldering, it is absorbent and can be made into an artificial leather. woodland-ways.co.uk/blog/…
The famous Birkin bag was created following the random encounter of actress Jane Birkin and HermΓ¨s creator Dumas on a plane : she complained about the impracticality of her daily bag without knowing who he was and he then made her a brand new black leather bag that became a fashion symbol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Today I learned of Chicago's Leather Archives and Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM history and culture and making it more accessible to the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
For years Chrysler advertised their luxury cars as containing 'Corinthian leather' with Ricardo MontalbΓ‘n as the spokesman. On Late Night with David Letterman MontalbΓ‘n playfully admitted that the term meant nothing. The leather was actually sourced from New Jersey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
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 real-life inspiration for "Pussy Galore," the leather-clad pilot in the James Bond Film "Goldfinger" was "Joe" Carstairs, an eccentric cross-dressing millionaire lesbian. englishmanlovesamerica.co…
Louis Braille lost his sight at 5 years old after an accident trying to make holes in a piece of leather with an awl. 10 years later, he completed his system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. Braille created his own raised-dot system by using an awl. wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_…
In 1920s, a famine struck Russia and forced people to eat raw seeds, grass, dirt, dogs, cats and leather horse harnesses. At its peak, people eat and sell human body parts as meat. Despite reports of cannibalism, the police took no action as it was deemed a legitimate method of survival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Kid gloves are gloves made out of soft leather made from kids (young goats) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid…
On the hit TV show Happy Days, The Fonz originally wasn't allowed to wear a leather jacket. Not wanting Fonzie to be depicted as a hoodlum, executives put him in a windbreaker in the beginning. foxnews.com/entertainment…
Tesla has made changes to the Model 3 interior and it is now officially 100% leather-free electrek.co/2019/08/31/te…
Godzilla's roar was created by dragging a resin-coated leather glove along the loosened strings of a double bass. npr.org/2014/05/18/312839…
Today I learned of Poena cullei, a form of punishment for those found guilty of parricide under Roman Law, in which the offender was sewn into a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals, including a dog, snake, monkey and a chicken before being thrown into water and left to drown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
The word "dashboard" actually derives from a wooden or leather board attached to the front of a horse-drawn carriage to protect the driver from mud splashes thrown up or "dashed' by the horse's hooves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Today I learned about the Grafton castaways, a real-life Gilligan's Island. Shipwrecked for 18 months in the Auckland islands in 1864, the 5 men lived in a thatched hut complete with glass windows and bookshelves. They built a forge to work metal, tanned leather, made soap from seashells, and even brewed beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
John Shakespeare, a glover and leather worker, was the father of the renowned English playwright. He became a municipal politician, serving as alderman, chief magistrate, and mayor of Stratford. Enforcing Queen Elizabeth's reforms against idolatry, he destroyed wall paintings in a local church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
During season five of sitcom Happy Days, two spin-offs were planned but never eventuated. One would have followed Potsie and Ralph sharing an apartment, the other focused on singer Leather Tuscadero (Suzi Quatro) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Valerian Rybar, an American interior designer, lined the walls of his dining room with 400 bound leather books, all fake, but with titles relating to various chapters of his life. One, entitled "International Boredom", allegedly alluded to his ex wife. nymag.com/homedesign/desi…
Radiological technologist Paul Bateson inspired William Friedkin to include a medical procedure in The Exorcist which Bateson performed in the film. Bateson, active in the gay leather scene, later committed a murder and was linked to a series of murders, inspiring Friedkin to make Cruising en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Locals in North Carolina raise ostriches and emus for meat, eggs and leather, along with emu oil, which is a natural moisturizer with anti-inflammatory properties. gastongazette.com/article…
10 Downing Street in the 19th Century was guarded by two men who would sit outside the building in leather chairs, armed with a pistol. Each chair featured a drawer filled with hot coals to keep the guards warm, and a sphere-shaped hood to protect from the weather and improve acoustics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
Genuine leather is the lowest quality of real leather blog.thejacketmaker.com/r…
The term "genuine leather" isn't reassuring you that the item is made of real leather, it as an actual distinct grade of leather and is the second worst type of leather there is. heddels.com/2014/06/overv…
In the original Pinocchio novel, Pinocchio spends several months as a donkey, performing in a circus until he breaks his leg, gets sold, and is drowned in the ocean for his leather. The puppet inside survives, trapped in the dead donkey form until a school of fish eats away the flesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The most famous sound effect from the cartoon series Tom and Jerry -- Tom's leather-lunged scream -- was created by recording Hanna's scream and eliminating the beginning and ending of the recording, leaving only the strongest part of the scream on the soundtrack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
"dashboard" was originally a barrier of wood or leather at the front of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh to protect a driver from mud or other debris "dashed up" by the horses' hooves. Today it refers to the evolution of that flat board which now contains displays, gauges and instruments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Chamois (sham-wows) are made from the porous leather of a type of goat called a Chamois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Spotted hyenas are able to digest all organic components in bone, have been known to eat leather items such as boots and belts at campsites, and are thought to be responsible for eating car tyres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
Chevy Chase played drums in college for a band called The Leather Canary, which he referred to as a "bad Jazz band". After leaving, two bandmembers and classmates went on to be successful as the band Steely Dan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
A cordwainer is a shoemaker who makes new shoes from new leather, as opposed to cobblers who repair shoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
The earliest footballs were made from either a sheep or pig’s bladder, then inflated orally before being knotted at the end. A leather casing was then fitted around the bladder to make it durable. It wasn’t until 1862 that a round ball was made, with a pump to inflate it. theguardian.com/football/…
It's likely for many leather products made in China to contain dog and cat leather. theguardian.com/business/…
Archaeologists in Egypt discovered a 3,000-year-old prosthetic big toe fitted to the remains of a noble woman. Made from leather and wood, it was refitted several times to exactly match the woman’s foot. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of VΓ­Γ°arr, a nordic god that is nearly as strong as Thor. He got his immense powers from combining leather pieces that people have cut from their own shoes into one big shoe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
In 2011 Nicolas Cage woke up in his Orange County house in the middle of the night to find a naked man, wearing Cage’s leather jacket, and eating a Fudgesicle in front of his bed. The man was arrested by police, but Cage didn’t press charges. newsfeed.time.com/2011/09…
The oldest leather shoe to be discovered by archeologists is over 5,500 years old bbc.co.uk/news/10281908
The word "dashboard" originated as a barrier of wood or leather fixed at the front of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh to protect the driver from mud or other debris "dashed up" (thrown up) by the horses' hooves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Stewardesses working for Southwest Airlines of Texas in the 1970s wore hot pants and leather boots. whizzpast.com/hot-pants/
Today I learned about Russian Reindeer shoes. The leather was recovered from a Danish brigantine that went down in a storm more than 200 years ago off the coast of Plymouth, England, and the Duke of Cornwall who controls those waters, only allows one shoemaker to use the material. nytimes.com/2006/11/02/fa…
Dacre Montgomery's audition tape for Stranger things included him dancing to 80s music while wearing nothing but a g-string, a leather jacket, and crazy glasses hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
The Pope wears red leather "papal shoes" outside, the color represents the blood of Catholic martyrs. They are not to be confused with the indoors "papal slippers", made of satin, silk and gold thread. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pap…

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