Sideburns, the whiskers adorning the side of a man’s face got their name from a Civil War general, who wore an exaggerated version of the style, shaving only his chin. Interestingly, the man’s name was not General Sideburn, but General Ambrose Burnside.
Until about 150 years ago, right and left shoes were interchangeable.
Queen Elizabeth I had lost her teeth, but to keep up her appearance as much as she could, she filled her mouth with cloth when she went out in public.
When Marie Antoinette became pregnant, many of the fashionable women of Paris started wearing padding over their stomachs. As the pregnancy developed, the ladies wore thicker and thicker pads. When her child was born, the women’s fashions all returned to normal dimensions.
For a while in Greenland it was fashionable for women to paint their faces blue and yellow.
Greenland is a fascinating place, especially if you like cold temperatures. The average daytime high in the summer is 45 degrees Fahrenheit or 7 degrees Celsius. Three-quarters of Greenland, the largest island in the world, is permanently covered by a thick sheet of ice. Although it is definitely not a green paradise, 55,000 people call it home.
When London inventor James Hetherington first wore his new invention, the top hat, in 1797, it caused quite a stir. He was immediately thrown in jail because he “appeared on the public highway wearing upon his head a tall structure of shining luster and calculated to disturb timid people.”