[FoRK] Q: Why Do We Wear Pants? A: Horses

Dave Long dave.long at bluewin.ch
Tue Jul 17 06:03:01 PDT 2012

> Horses and bicycles gave us pants.  And those that switched to  
> pants first used horses to rule.

If you find yourself in a castle or museum gallery looking at  
paintings of guys in poofy shorts and tights with lots of ribbons and  
wondering how the heck they ever reconciled their clothing with their  
notion of masculinity, keep in mind that originally the ribbons were  
for attaching armor and the poofy bits to provide padding for areas  
that didn't articulate very well.  At least at the beginning, while  
it was still functional, these guys probably felt pretty bad-ass  
posing in their under-armor...


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