Oh, this maid that I loved she was handsome, And I tried all I knew, her to please
But I never could please her one quarter so well, As the man on the flying trapeze!
He floats thro' the air with the greatest of ease, The daring young man on the flying trapeze
His actions are graceful, all girls he does please, And my love he has stolen away.
We're going to go ahead and assume the rest of the song is nothing but elaborate profanities and sobbing.
Strange Pants Were Mostly To Help Women Skirt Sexist Rules
Culottes hail from the early decades of the 20th century, and finally let women play sports, as well as ride horses and bikes in a straddling position. As you can probably imagine, this sudden burst of female freedom was met with utter disdain by the sexist societies of the era. In France, culottes were flat-out outlawed unless the user was currently riding a bicycle or horse. In the 1930s, a female tennis player wore a pair at Wimbledon and The Daily Mail wrote that she should be "soundly beaten."
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At least The Mail has stayed consistently terrible through the century.
In the 1960s, society thought about letting women wear pants, maybe -- purely in theory, of course. However, some high-end restaurants still fought the tide with their dress codes, which would not allow ladies to wear trousers. So once again, hybrid bottoms came to the rescue. Palazzo pants were technically pants, but so wide and billowing that even the most snobby maitre d' would have a hard time denying a lady entrance for wearing them.
And now, years later, we all just look forward to not having to wearing any pants back at home.
UGG Boots Were Made By And For Surfers
UGG boots were not originally meant for girls standing in line at Starbucks. They were first worn by Australian surfers, of all people. In fact, they made the comfy sheepskin boots by themselves, for themselves, and the boots were never intended as anything but totally utilitarian. Surfers wore the well-insulated shoes to warm their feet once they got out of the often-ice-cold water.
Not pictured: the UGG codpiece prototype.
But of course, surfers are pretty cool, and we pay attention to what they are wearing. So when an Australian surfer named Brian Smith brought the boots to California in the late 1970s, they spread like wildfire to the local surfers and shops. Surfers' girlfriends, as is the girlfriend way, started "borrowing" their boyfriend's boots, and noticed that holy hell, those things were comfortable. Eventually the crudely built, purpose-based boots became trendy for even the most landlubbin' Californians, and hack comedians everywhere were gifted with another easy target.
"I've got this great one about the sound you make when you see someone wearing UGGs!"
James Kinneen is a huge fan of sweatpants, because most fans of sweatpants are huge.
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