AT SHK WE’RE TOTALLY PRO WEIRDNESS, STILL SOMETIMES WE COME ACROSS RANDOM TIDBITS THAT LEAVE US GOING, HUH? SO, THAT’S WHAT TRIVIA THURSDAY IS ALL ABOUT AND THIS WEEK OUR EIC RACHEL HAS LISTED OUT A FEW BIZARRE FASHION “TRUTHS.”

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From styling pubic hair, to dead mice, to million dollar robberies and punishable-if-broken laws… These facts below confirm it: fashion is a badass.

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In the later half of the 18th century, fashionable men and women believed in hairdos that rose several feet above their head and were topped off with random figurines like mini sailing ships, windmills or garden flowers (and we’re not talking Lana Del Rey style). These wig creations were typically held in place by pomade made from beef fat, covered in powder of wheat or rice flour and sometimes scented and dyed various colors.

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Sounds kind of fun, no? Plus it’s a great use for all those large arched doorways. However, back then western cultures were scared of bathing and only thoroughly cleansed themselves twice a year. So while men could remove their wigs, women had such elaborately woven together headpieces that they would wear them for months at a time. That means… A head full of beef fat, wheat, rice flour, sweat, etc. So naturally lice and various pests would take refuge up there, leaving women to pick and scratch. At dinner parties, next to the silverware, it wasn’t uncommon for tables to have long, silver scratching sticks for such occasions. (Image via Tumblr)

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