Today I learned of Franz Reichelt,an Austrian-born French tailor, inventor and parachuting pioneer, now sometimes referred to as the Flying Tailor, who is remembered for jumping to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Joachim von Ribbentrop would summon tailors from British firms, make them wait for hours, and then send them away with instructions to return the next day, only to repeat the process. This damaged his reputation with British high society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
The tuxedo is named after Tuxedo Park a Hudson valley enclave for NY Social elite. The first one was made for the prince of Wales (king Edward VII) by Henry Poole tailors in Savile Row. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
NFL players swap jerseys with members of opposing teams as a show of respect, if they attended the same school, or previously played together. Teams retain several seamstresses to tailor fit players, taking 10 hours a jersey. latimes.com/sports/nfl/la…
The term "honey trap" was coined by John le Carre in the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy book. He coined a number of spy phrases that have become common. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
The phrase "Peeping Tom" comes from the legend of lady Godiva riding naked through the streets of Coventry and a tailor named Thomas spying on her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lad…
'Sebiru', the Japanese word for 'suit', is a corruption of the words 'Savile Row', a street in London well-known for being the home of English clothing style and of many bespoke tailors. fashionbeans.com/article/…
Planet Earth series has almost no authentic audio. Most of the sounds you hear are audio library effects or tailor-made studio sounds added on the editing table. vimeo.com/214023666
The Japanese word for a business suit is 'sebiro', a corruption of either London's 'Savile Row' tailors or 'civil clothes' japantimes.co.jp/life/201…
Today I learned about Saint Homobonus, the patron saint of business people, tailors, shoemakers, and clothworkers, as well as of Cremona, Italy. catholic.org/saints/saint…
Before Norm MacDonald's first appearance on the Tonight Show his dressing room was crashed by Robin Williams. While in the room he pretended to be a Jewish Tailor, talked to Norm's friend on the phone while pretending to be a Chinese Restaurant employee, dressed Norm, and then left. theloop.ca/norm-macdonald…
Qalassirsuaq, a Greenlandic Inuit, helped search for John Franklin's lost Arctic expedition, came to Britain in 1851, studied at a missionary college, worked as a tailor, and helped compile an Inuit/English dictionary. collections.rmg.co.uk/col…
Ryan Reynolds insisted on casting Julian Dennison in Deadpool 2 after seeing him in "Hunt for the Wilderpeople", with the character "tailor-made" for him. No other actors were considered for the role. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The Brothers Grimm wrote a fairytale, called The Brave Little Tailor, wherein a tailor kills seven flies in one blow and, through an amazing series of misunderstandings, becomes the king of his own kingdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Robert De Niro tracked down and used Al Capone's tailor for The Untouchables bamfstyle.com/2015/10/17/…
When there is a disputed border, Google maps tailors its maps to the claims of each country where the Internet browser is located washingtonpost.com/news/w…
Today I learned of Dapper Dan, a Harlem man who was chief tailor to a number of New York rappers, athletes, and dealers in the 80s. His apparel was often covered in bootleg Gucci, Fendi, or Louis Vuitton logos. Mike Tyson, one of his customers, later had a fight which indirectly led to Dan's boutique closing. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The first functional sewing machine was invented in France in 1830 by Barthelemy Thimonnier, a tailor. The inventor was nearly killed by a group of angry French tailors. They burnt down his garment factory because they feared the invention would render them unemployed. buisson.pagesperso-orange…
Those bands you see on the upper sleeves of men in old timey footage are called "sleeve garters". They came into use at a time when men's shirts came in a single (extra long) sleeve length. For those who couldn't afford a tailor, they allowed men to customize sleeve lengths themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
Today I learned about the tailor bird who sews leaves together to make its nest youtu.be/QQMYpzbQIDA
Barthelemy Thimonnier, a French tailor, opened the world’s first machine based clothing manufacturing company in 1830. Other tailors feared his machine would result in their unemployment, so they burnt down his factory. contrado.co.uk/blog/histo…
A "poque" was a small bag people would carry with them to store items on their person. When tailors put little spaces on pants to do the same thing, they were called little poques, or pouqettes, which became anglicized as pockets. etymonline.com/index.php?…
In order to woo women drivers better and tailor a vehicle to their specific needs, Cadillac had their male executives drive around with paper clips on their fingertips, in order to simulate and cater to the "distinctly feminine experience of operating a vehicle with long fingernails." adage.com/article/news/ju…
There are 57 signals that Google looks at to personally tailor one's query results and that there is no standard Google anymore. ted.com/talks/eli_pariser…
Sir Francis Henry Egerton dressed his dogs in the latest fashions and would eat dinner with them every night, and when two dogs misbehaved he had his tailor make them yellow valet uniforms which they had to wear for 8 days while they ate in the waiting room. hertfordshirelife.co.uk/p…
The 'Tailor of ChΓ’lons', one of the earliest known serial killers, murdered and cannibalized enough children to fill a barrel with their bones. After he was executed in 1598, all court documents regarding the case were destroyed in order to erase his name from history appalachiangothic.com/201…
The tailor for every President since LBJ was a homeless Frenchman washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
The Kingsman tailor shop from the Kingsman films is located at and based on the real-life Huntsman tailor shop. huntsmansavilerow.com/wor…
The first sewing machine-based factory was burned down by angry tailors afraid of losing their jobs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In the Wizard of Oz, Morgan's Professor Marvel coat was taken from a rack of second-hand clothing. By chance he turned out the coat's pocket and found the name L. Frank Baum(the Oz books author) sewn into the lining. When told of this Baum's widow and the tailor who made the coat confirmed. viewzone.com/lookingglass…
The opening theme for "Seinfeld", composed by Jonathan Wolff, was slightly different for each episode. They were tailor made to fit the opening monologue. huffingtonpost.com/2015/0…
The patron saint of business people, tailors, shoemakers and clothworkers is Saint Homobonus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Families who had lost everything due to the tsunami in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka, were given sewing machines as part of the relief operations. As a result, now town has a multitude of tailors who will custom make shirts, pants, and shorts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hik…
They have a cruise ship that tailors specifically to metal heads. 70,000 tons of metal. 70000tons.com/
For the 2015 Cinderalla film, it took 18 tailors, 550 hours on average to make 9 versions of the ball gown. It would have taken one tailor 3,712 days w/ zero breaks, 24hrs/day to make all 9 gowns. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
The term 'peeping Tom' engendered when a tailor named Tom refused to avert his eyes as a naked Lady Godiva rode nakedized on a horse through town in order to convince her husband, Leofric to lower unjust taxes for local peasants. obsoleteword.blogspot.com…
For just the opening chase sequence in Skyfall, 85 Tom Ford tailor made suits were created for Daniel Craig and his stunt double. Each one served a specific purpose, such as a suit with longer sleeves when riding the motorbike. imdb.com/title/tt1074638/…
Keith Moon and Vivian Stanshall went into a tailors' for a prank, fought over a pair of trousers, tore them in half just as a one-legged man came in and said "Just what I was looking for." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viv…
Today I learned of the legendary Tailor of Ulm, who was mocked for building a hang glider into which he invested all his effort and money. When he went to test the contraption to prove everyone wrong, he crashed into the River Danube. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Daniel Radcliffe never saw 'The Tailor of Pamama', a movie he starred in. imdb.com/name/nm0705356/b…
Listening to tailor-made music can help reduce tinnitus (ringing in ear). discovermagazine.com/2010…
"The Brave Little Toaster" was named after the 1938 Disney film "Brave Little Tailor", starring Mickey Mouse. imdb.com/title/tt0092695/…
The collective noun for tailors is "disguisery" metafilter.com/107165/The…
Two English tailors decided in 1651 that they were God's last prophets, here to announce the Tribulation (seven years of nastiness at the end of the world). The last member of the sect they founded died in 1979 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mug…
George Lazenby spent his last pounds on acquiring a tailor-made suit from Sean Connery's tailor along with purchasing a very Bondish-looking Rolex watch to get the role as James Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". imdb.com/name/nm0493872/b…
A French tailor died after jumping off the Eiffel tower to test his home made parachute in 1912 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
John le CarrΓ© writer of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Constant Gardener cannot type. johnlecarre.com/author
Franz Reichelt "The Flying Tailor" created a jacket that doubled as a parachute and tested it by jumping off of the Eiffel Tower. It ended in tragedy. youtube.com/watch?v=BepyT…
Folklorists have a classification system for stories, which includes gems like "The tailor and the ogre in a sewing contest 1096 (Mexican)" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aar…
"lining one's pockets" comes from a tailor who bribed fashionplate Beau Brummel into wearing his dress-coat by stuffing its pockets with bank notes infoplease.com/dictionary…

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