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Saturday, April 5, 2014

71 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Clothes You're Wearing

YOU HAVE NO IDEA.



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1. There is a bra that doubles as a gas mask. It's meant to be snapped off and put over the mouth in the event of an emergency.



2. It was Mark Twain (yes, that Mark Twain) who actually invented and patented the bra-strap clasp.


3. When Disneyland opened in 1955, it had a lingerie store right on Main Street, called Hollywood-Maxwell Intimate Apparel. It included an animatronic figure called the Wizard of Bras. WHAT?


4. Actress Julie Newmar, who starred as the original Catwoman, actually holds the patent for "pantyhose with shaping band for cheeky derriere relief," a forerunner to Spanx. She was granted the patent in 1975.


5. According to Icelandic folklore, if you don't get new clothes to wear for Christmas, there is a giant Yule Cat that will eat you.



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6. Up until the 19th century, children were dressed as miniature adults.


7. Up until around 1910, it was totally common for little boys to wear dresses until they were around 5 or 6.


8. The inventor of the modern bikini, Louis Réard, named his creation after the Bikini Atoll — where the U.S. did tons of its nuclear testing — because he hoped it would make as big of a bang as the atomic bomb. Réard declared it wasn't a real bikini unless the fabric from it could be "pulled through a wedding ring."


9. After its modern debut, the bikini was banned in Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Australia, and it was declared a sin by the Vatican.


10. A woman was actually arrested in Boston in 1907 for wearing a formfitting one-piece on the beach.


11. Bathing suits were so scandalous that the Quakers created a bathing machine with a "modesty tunnel" that allowed women to enter the sea or ocean and retain their modesty.




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