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8 Random Facts That Will Change Your Perspective On Everything You Wear

Jeans were invented long before anyone wore boxers or briefs.

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1. The inventor of the sewing machine came up with the idea for the zipper.

Six years after inventing the modern sewing machine, Elias Howe patented the idea for an "automatic, continuous clothing closure" in 1851. The metal zipper we use today was first produced in 1918, but didn't catch on until the '30s.


6. Sunglasses were originally prescribed to people with syphilis.

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Syphilis causes sensitivity to light so, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, doctors prescribed brown tinted spectacles to people with the STD.

7. The inventor of the bra also helped guide the careers of James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, and Henry Miller.

After patenting the modern bra in 1914, Caresse Crosby started a publishing company with her husband in Paris. They published works from Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and D.H. Lawrence, as well as an in-progress version of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Crosby was friends with Picasso and Dali, and had a reputation for throwing the best parties. She lived an absolutely amazing life.

Here's a 60-second look at the history of everything you wear...

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