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Jersey Boys: The Birth of Modern Day Bullfighters Uniforms

Jersey Boys: The Birth of Modern Day Bullfighters Uniforms

Western sports bullfighters are sometimes called “the Secret Service of bull riding” – jumping into harm’s way just as highly trained agents would to protect the leader they serve. Bullfighters similarly put life and limb on the line to protect riders who often wind...

Why do the queen’s guards wear such tall hats?

Why do the queen’s guards wear such tall hats?

They're up there with double-decker buses, red phone booths and Big Ben when it comes to quintessentially British things, but the uniforms sported by Queen Elizabeth II's guards weren't designed to look aesthetically pleasing. They were devised as essential...

Turning Nettles into Textiles

Turning Nettles into Textiles

Hidden in a weedy patch in your backyard, or on the forest edge, lies a humble plant that is most famous for its burning sting. But did you know that stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) can also be used for making textiles? Inside the plant’s stalks are long, strong, fine...

50 most common jobs held by women 100 years ago

50 most common jobs held by women 100 years ago

The past century has been a remarkable one for women in the workplace. Today their presence is generally unquestioned and, at least before the pandemic, women outnumbered men. As of December 2020, women held 50.04% of the jobs in the United States, not counting farm...

Star Trek: Every Starfleet Uniform & History Explained

Star Trek: Every Starfleet Uniform & History Explained

Star Trek's utopian idealism may be eternal, but Starfleet's fashion sense is in seemingly constant flux. Virtually every iteration of the franchise has featured a new uniform for its Starfleet heroes. Sometimes they come off more like superhero costumes, sometimes...