Ancient Rome had a urine tax paid by its buyers. Urine was used for tanning, wool production, and to clean and whiten woolen togas. Instituted by Nero, removed after a while, and re-enacted by Vespasian. His name still attaches to public urinals in France (vespasienne) and Italy (vespasiano). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pec…
The reason that so many working-class British men wore a flat cap is that a 16th-century Act of Parliament designed to stimulate wool consumption penalized non-nobles over the age of 6 if they weren't wearing a woolen cap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Between 2001 and 2005, King Mswati III of Swaziland imposed the chastity rite of Umchwasho on the country, forcing unmarried young women to refrain from sexual relations and to wear large woolen tassels as a sign of their purity. It was purportedly done to combat HIV/AIDS rates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umc…
The commonly seen cap we see Afghan men wearing is called a Pakol and because of the woolen material, its basically a cold weather cap. In chilly weather the cap can be unrolled and pulled down over the ears, like a ski cap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pak…
... Back in the late 1800's, people used to use Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful geyser as a laundry to wash their clothes. Linens and fabrics were reported to be unharmed during the eruption, but woolen clothes were torn to shreds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
Daniel Day-Lewis once caught pneumonia by refusing to take pneumonia tablets or wear a woolen coat, because poor 19th century New Yorkers didn't have them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Winston Churchill wore an adult sized woolen romper suit during WW2. fashion.telegraph.co.uk/n…
Old Faithful, the massive geyser in Yellowstone National Park, has been used for cleaning clothes. People would put them into the crater and wait for eruption, noting that while 'linen and cotton fabrics were uninjured by the action of the water, woolen clothes were torn to shreds'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
- There was a scientific "gentleman's club" of 20 members who contributed to the understanding of the blueprint for life, DNA. Each member had a woolen necktie corresponding to the 20 amino acids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA…
The word 'stuff' dates back to 1300's. It was also used to describe junior barristers in 18th century England because they were called "stuff gownsmen" who wore woolen robes as compared to the silk robes worn by the queens barristers. hotword.dictionary.com/st…
Today I learned about the attempt to colonize Panama by Scotland in 1698. An utter failure, 20% of the wealth of Scotland was lost in addition to the deaths of thousands of colonists. wikipedia.org/wiki/Darien…

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