Today I learned about Dorothy Levitt, one of the first British female racing drivers. In her column for women she advised women on a car to buy, how to dress while driving, and items to bring, including gloves, an extra handkerchief, a clean veil, a powder-puff, hair-pins, a hand mirror, chocolates, and a gun. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A bride from Cyprus named Maria Paraskeva broke the Guinness World Record for the Longest wedding veil. Her veil measured about 6,962. meters. Her marriage took place in Larnaca, Cyprus, on 14 August 2018. This is approximately the length of 63 and a half American football fields. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The town of Bridal Veil in Oregon maintains a functional post office despite not having had any permanent residents for more than three decades. This is because several thousand couples go out of their way each year to mail their wedding invitations from Bridal Veil for the unique postmark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Sinbad: Beyond The Veil of Mists was the first full length animated movie to utilize 3D motion capture animation and despite costing $30 million USD to make, only grossed $29,245 worldwide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Today I learned about the saukele, a Kazakh traditional bridal headdress. Conical in shape and very expensive, it had to be custom made by a jeweler. Each was decorated with jeweled/beaded pendants and had a veil in front and an embroidered strip hanging down the back. voicesoncentralasia.org/d…
The longest brides veil was longer than 63 football fields; 6,962.6 m (22,843 ft 2.11 in). guinnessworldrecords.com/…
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…
The Statue of Liberty was originally designed in the 1860s for Egypt. Named 'Progress Carrying the Light to Asia', French sculptor FrΓ©dΓ©ric Auguste Bartholdi modelled the statue after an Egyptian woman dressed in a veil. Due to costs, the idea was rejected, and a lighthouse was erected instead. architecturaldigest.com/s…
King Amanullah Khan of Afghanistan (1919-1929) once gave a public speech in which he said "Islam did not require women to cover their bodies or wear any special kind of veil". At the conclusion of the speech, Queen Soraya tore off her veil (hejab) in public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sor…
Black veils worn by women at funerals so they could β€œweep befittingly” often contained dyes and chemicals that caused skin irritation, respiratory illness, blindness, and even death. racked.com/2018/3/29/1715…
The worlds longest wedding veil was/is 63 football fields long. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
There is a special Catholic custom that allows certain royal women to wear a white dress and a veil when meeting the Pope. Traditionally, women are only allowed to wear black during Papal audiences. Currently, only 7 women have this privilege. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Metatron is known as 'the angel of the veil' and 'the highest of the angels'. His name is made up of two Greek words for 'after + throne', μΡτὰ θρóνος (meta thronos), taken together as "one who serves behind the throne" or "one who occupies the throne next to the throne of glory". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
The longest ever wedding veil was 6,962.6 m (22,843 ft 2.11 in)- that's approximately 293 tennis courts- and was laid down in rows on a field guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned about Hoda Sharaawi, founder of the Egyptian Feminist Union. She became famous when in 1923 she removed her veil in public, causing outrage with authorities. genderacrossborders.com/2…
79.6% of Bulgarian Muslims believe that wearing a veil in school was "unacceptable". And some 41% never went to mosques hurriyetdailynews.com/bul…
Today I learned of Lewis Williams, an escaped slave who managed to evade recapture by switching with a body double at his crowded trial and then crossdressing as a woman to flee town. He was aided by a reverend, who dressed him up as his β€œdaughter” with a veil and bonnet, then got him out of town docsouth.unc.edu/neh/troy…
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is the first mixed-gender university campus in Saudi Arabia. The religious police do not operate on-site, and women are allowed to mix freely with men and to drive on campus, and they are not required to wear veils. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The Islamic men of the Tuareg tribe in North Africa are required to wear a veil and cover their faces, instead of the women. globalpost.com/dispatch/n…
There's a society of 1.2 million where men wear veils and women do not; where most women are literate while most men are illiterate; and where livestock is owned by the women. And they're Muslim, living in the middle of the Sahara Desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Jain Monks cover their mouths with veils lest they unintentionally inhale tiny insects, their faith dictates them to avoid harming any living thing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahi…
The Emperor Nero married a freedman named Pythagoras. At the wedding, Nero took the role of bride, complete with veil. penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
A Muslimah from Australia escaped prosecution because there were doubts about her identity since she was wearing a burka at the time of arrest.She was not required by law to lift her veil to show her face. smh.com.au/nsw/woman-conv…
There are some cultures where men wear veils, but women don't. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vei…
The first elected president of the European Parliament was Simone Veil, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Eventough Indonesia is the largest muslim-majority country, none of its first ladies wear Islamic veil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Women in ancient Athens wore everything from hijabs to full-face covering veils whenever out of the house for males' protection from her miasma (pollution) and "uncontrolled sexuality" and they had to live in separate rooms. bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2004/20…
Ancient Roman women wore veils on their wedding days to protect themselves from evil spirits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vei…
Mustafa Kamal (aka Kamal Ataturk) discouraged veiling of women in Turkey by making prostitutes wear veil a must. abigmessage.com/turkey-mu…
Ataturk lowered the number of Turkish women wearing a veil by making it compulsory to wear for prostitutes. bengalunderattack.blogspo…
Today I learned of Ken Russell's 'Dance of the Seven Veils' which sought to portray Richard Strauss as a Nazi: The Strauss family was so outraged they withdrew all music rights so that the film is effectively banned from being screened until Strauss's copyright expires in 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
A woman named Sultaana Freeman sued the state of Florida in order to wear a face veil for her driver's license picture usatoday30.usatoday.com/n…
There is a form of the full-face veil, or burqa, within Judaism. It's called a 'frumka' and is worn by a small number of ultra-Orthodox women. npr.org/templates/story/s…
France has outlawed wearing the veil, or hijab, in public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hij…
During WW2, the military commissioned Hollywood to "camoflauge" military bases and installations with giant veils that looked like suburban areas. webodysseum.com/history/w…
By May 2013, the number of patients that were infected by MERS in Saudi Arabia were 80% male. It was thought to be because most women wear veils in Saudi Arabia that cover the mouth and nose, decreasing their chance of being exposed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Niagara Falls consists of three separate waterfalls: Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
During the US Civil War, Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon successfully spied on a Confederate camp dressed as a woman, complete with bonnet and veil to hide his facial hair. books.google.com/books?id…
Huda Shaarawi enabled Egyptian women today the right to choose whether they wear their veil or not! amazingwomeninhistory.com…
In 1863 the Patriot & Union wrote an editorial that called called the Gettysburg address "silly remarks” that will disappear into "a veil of oblivion”. 150 years later, the news organization issued a correction. pennlive.com/opinion/2013…

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