In 2006, five high school students were arrested for nearly killing a classmate with the prank. In 2013, a Nevada man tried the joke on his girlfriend, hospitalizing her and leading to a domestic violence prison sentence, of which we're sure he saw the funny side.
Gay Leather Culture Was Inspired By An Old Marlon Brando Movie
Homosexuals and leather are bound together like ... well, like homosexuals and leather. It wasn't always that way: Gay culture first became all hot and bothered by leather back in 1953, when Marlon Brando played biker outlaw Johnny Strabler in The Wild One, one of Brando's breakout roles. Brando was the original leather-clad outlaw biker, who epitomized the rugged manly man, and he did so at a time when post-WWII gay culture was looking for a way to define itself.
From BRMC to LGBT.
Being gay in the 1950s was tricky: You had to present yourself with as much masculinity as possible, putting aside any doubt whatsoever that you might be attracted to men. And yet, you also had to let other gay men know that you might be attracted to men, otherwise how would you net yourself an attractive man? So they needed a code. And the code they came up with was Brando's undeniably masculine Wild One outfit, as well as the symbolism of the motorcycle itself, which, as a powerful machine held between a man's legs, symbolized ... well, we don't have to spell everything out for you.
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