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30 Things Only Baby Boomers Will Remember

When VCRs came out, they sold for $1,200. Eventually, you could rent videos for $4.95/day (US). At the end of the era, you could buy a VCR, complete with a remote for $59 and movies were often five videos for five days for five dollars.

Your author was fortunate to take typing lessons in public school during 5th grade, around age eleven. We all had to bring our own typewriters from home. Mine was about 30 pounds in came in a box like a hard suitcase. I was envious of the kids who had smaller typewriters. I was especially envious of the few who had electric typewriters. Imagine, with an electric typewriter, one didn’t have to make a point of pressing the A and the ; keys hard enough to match the impressions on the paper of the J and F keys.

When the phone rang, you answered it! There was no way of knowing who was calling, and they couldn’t leave messages until later, when answering machines became common. Most of the answering machines used cassette tapes. You had to rewind or fast-forward through the tape to hear your messages. Every now and then, something would go wrong and the tape would spill out of the cassette. When that happened you had to carefully suck it back in by turning one of the spools with a Bic pen stuck through it’s middle. Bic pens fit just right. Nothing else worked as well.

All serious amateur photographers had darkrooms. This was a room in the house where the photographer could lay out trays of chemicals, and a vertically-oriented projector that would shine light through negatives onto light-sensitive paper. The paper was then soaked in three trays of chemicals to develop the print. Drying these was always problematic. You couldn’t just leave a print laying around. It would curl up into a tight spiral. For black-and-white photos, which most were at the time, the darkroom had a dim red or orange light, called a safelight, that allowed a person to see, but would not harm the photos. For color photography, the safelight was a ridiculously dim olive green.

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Purses

The world’s most expensive purse, the “Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse,” is valued at $3.8 million US and is adorned with over 4,500 diamonds.

The average woman owns around 13 different purses.

The transparent purse trend became popular in the 1950s, allowing women to showcase the contents of their bags.

The word “purse” comes from the Latin word “bursa,” which means “bag” or “pouch.”

The oldest known purse dates back to the 14th century and was discovered in a medieval graveyard in Yorkshire, England.

The smallest purse ever made is known as the “Le Chiquito Mini Bag” by Jacquemus, which measures just 2 inches (5cm) in width.

The iconic Hermes Birkin bag was named after actress and singer Jane Birkin, who complained to the company’s CEO about the lack of practical handbags.

The Chanel 2.55 bag, created by Coco Chanel, was named after the month and year it was introduced (February 1955).

The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag was originally designed as a travel bag but later became a popular everyday handbag.

In the 18th century, men also carried purses known as “reticules” to hold personal items like snuffboxes and money.

The world’s largest collection of handbags belongs to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and features over 800 purses.

In Japan, it is considered impolite to place a purse on the ground as it is seen as a sign of disrespect.

The first handbags designed for women had no pockets, as pockets were considered masculine at the time.

The practice of carrying a rabbit’s foot in a purse for good luck originated in the early 20th century.

The first designer handbag was created by the luxury brand Hermès in 1922.

Some high-end designer purses can take up to 18 hours to create by hand.

In ancient Egypt, both men and women wore small pouches tied around their waist, known as “chatelaines,” to carry their belongings.

The term “clutch” originated in the 19th century and referred to a small purse that women could “clutch” in their hands.

The clutch purse gained popularity during the 1920s when women needed a small, elegant bag to complement their flapper dresses.

The term “wristlet” refers to a small purse with a strap or handle that can be worn around the wrist.

In some cultures, carrying an empty purse is considered bad luck, as it represents financial loss.

The modern backpack was originally designed in the 1930s as a purse for hiking and outdoor activities.

In the 19th century, women’s dresses often had hidden pockets sewn into the seams to carry small purses.

The first zippered purse was introduced in the 1920s and quickly became popular for its convenience.

The term “satchel” refers to a large, structured purse with a handle and a flap closure.

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Fashion

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
-Oscar Wilde

In the 16th century, shoes with a long, curved toe called “poulaines” were popular among the nobility. Some poulaines were so long that the tips had to be fastened to the legs with chains to prevent the wearer from tripping over them.

At one time in Japan, fashionable women painted their teeth black.

During the French Revolution, it became fashionable to wear red ribbons around the neck to show support for the guillotine.

In Italy, a fashion custom that was in vogue for a while was that women would shave the hair off the front of their heads.

3,500 years ago, not only did women in Egypt remove all the hair from their heads, they also polished their heads to a mirror-like finish.

The United States Treasury Department spent thousands of dollars to issue a report on the monetary value of tuxedos. It contains 54 pages. The only ones who read this report are employees of the IRS.

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.”

Men’s jackets button up with the left side overlapping the right so the clothing will not be in the way when the man has to quickly draw a sword or gun. Women’s clothing buttons the other way to make breast feeding easier.

This assumes right-handed individuals. 11.11% of people are left-handed.

The first fashion magazine, “The Cabinet des Modes,” was published in Paris in 1785.

Mayan Indians used to shape their teeth. They would make their front teeth pointed and carve holes into which were mounted jewels.

Sometimes people go to what others would consider ridiculous lengths to make themselves look appealing. Some women about 1,000 years ago squirted a plant juice into their eyes, believing that the way it dilated their pupils was attractive.

“If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” – Hilary Clinton

American women spend $900 million per year on lipstick.

Why was it illegal to buy more than three pairs of shoes in the United States during the 1940’s? Leather was needed for the war effort. Most shoes at that time were made almost entirely from leather, yet today many are made from cloth, plastic and synthetic rubber.

The term “denim” comes from the French phrase “serge de Nîmes,” which refers to the fabric’s origin in the town of Nîmes, France.

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.

Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette

The iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume was created by Coco Chanel in 1921.

In the 1960s, it was fashionable for women to wear dresses made entirely out of paper.

In the Middle Ages, a person’s social status could be determined by the color and fabric of their clothing.

The first recorded use of the word “jeans” was in 1567.

The oldest pair of pants in the world were found in China and are believed to be over 3,000 years old.

High heels were originally designed for men and were worn by Persian soldiers to help them stay in their stirrups.

In the 18th century, women’s hairstyles became so elaborate that they had to be created with the help of wire frames.

The term “fashionista” was first used in the 1990s to describe someone who is passionate about fashion.

In the 19th century, women wore “cage crinolines,” which were metal hoops worn under their skirts to give them a bell shape.

The corset, a garment designed to shape the waist and hips, has been worn since ancient times.

In the 1920s, women’s fashion became more androgynous, with shorter hemlines and looser silhouettes.

According to a study by Sears, Roebuck, women have become less curvy, more tube-shaped during the past century.

The color purple was once considered the most expensive and luxurious color to wear because it was made from a rare mollusk found only in the Mediterranean Sea.

In the 19th century, women’s clothing often included a “bustle,” a padded or boned structure worn at the back of the waist to enhance the hips and buttocks.

The earliest known pair of high heels were worn by King Louis XIV of France in the 17th century.

In the 1960s, the “mod” style became popular, characterized by bold patterns, bright colors, and geometric shapes.

During World War II, rationing of clothing and textiles led to the popularity of “make do and mend” initiatives and the creation of clothing from unusual materials, such as old parachutes and curtains.

The first fashion show was held in 1903 by designer Paul Poiret.

In the 18th century, “macaroni” was a term used to describe men who dressed in an exaggeratedly foppish and effeminate style.

The bikini, a two-piece swimsuit, was introduced by French designer Louis Réard in 1946.

In the 1970s, platform shoes became popular, with some styles reaching heights of over 12 inches (30 cm).

Power dressing was a fashion trend in the 1980s that emphasized strong, authoritative, and successful looks for women in the workplace. The trend was characterized by tailored suits with shoulder pads, oversized jackets, and wide belts. The idea behind power dressing was that the right clothes could help women to look and feel more confident and assertive in traditionally male-dominated workplaces. The trend was popularized by influential women such as Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister, and high-profile businesswomen in the United States. The power dressing trend was often criticized for being too masculine and for reinforcing gender stereotypes, but it also helped to pave the way for greater acceptance of women in positions of power and authority.

The following was found in a book written in 1858:

“Female dress: It is well known that a loose and easy dress contributes much to give the sex the fine proportions of body that are observable in the Grecian statues, and which serve as models to our present artists, nature being too much disfigured among us to afford any such. The Greeks knew nothing of those Gothic shackles, that multiplicity of ligatures and bandages with which our bodies are compressed. Their women were ignorant of the use of whalebone-stays, by which ours distort their shape instead of displaying it. This practice, carried to so great an excess as it is in America, must in time degenerate the species, and is an instance of bad taste. Can it be a pleasant sight to behold a woman cut in two in the middle, as it were like a wasp? On the contrary, it is as shocking to the eye as it is painful to the imagination. A fine shape, like the limb, hath its due size and proportion, a diminution of which is certainly a defect. Such a deformity also would be shocking in a naked figure; wherefore, then, should it be esteemed a beauty in one that is dressed? Everything that confines and lays nature under a restraint is an instance of bad taste. This is as true in regard to the ornaments of the body as to the embellishments of the mind. Life, health, reason, and convenience, ought of be taken first into consideration. Gracefulness cannot subsist without ease; delicacy is not debility; nor must a woman be sick in order to please.”

Victorian dress

For a while in Greenland it was fashionable for women to paint their faces blue and yellow.

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Clothing

During World War II, women’s skirts became shorter and more practical to conserve fabric.

In the 1930s, men’s suits often had padded shoulders to create a more muscular silhouette.

In the 16th century, shoes with a long, curved toe called “poulaines” were popular among the nobility. Some poulaines were so long that the tips had to be fastened to the legs with chains to prevent the wearer from tripping over them.

During the Victorian era, it was considered inappropriate for women to wear underwear with their dresses.

In medieval Europe, red was the most expensive and prestigious color to dye clothing.

When sailors used to wipe their noses on their coat cuffs, it tended to gross out their captains. This is why buttons on coat cuffs were invented.

In ancient Rome, wearing a purple toga was a privilege reserved only for the emperor.

The brassiere was patented in 1914.

Recent research has been determined that three out of every four women wear the wrong size bra.

During the Renaissance, men’s shoes often had extremely long toes that were stuffed with wool or hay.

When Fath Ali Shah of Iran was coronated in 1797, he wore 170 pounds (77 kg) of clothing covered with gold and jewels.

In the 18th century, women’s dresses often had pockets that were hidden in the folds of their skirts.

In the 1920s, women’s stockings were made from silk and were often decorated with intricate patterns.

In the 1960s, men’s fashion was heavily influenced by the space race and included futuristic styles like metallic fabrics and jumpsuits.

In the 1970s, platform shoes became popular, with some styles featuring heels that were over 10 inches (24cm) tall.

In the 18th century, men’s fashion included high-heeled shoes, which were seen as a sign of masculinity.

In the 19th century, women’s dresses were so heavy and cumbersome that they often required the assistance of a servant to put them on.

In some cultures, it is customary for women to wear clothing that completely covers their bodies, including their faces.

In ancient Egypt, wealthy women would wear jewelry sewn into their clothing, including dresses and headdresses.

During the Renaissance, women’s dresses often had exaggerated hips and waists that were created using padding or hoops.

In the 1960s, men’s fashion included brightly colored suits, often made from polyester fabrics.

In some African cultures, clothing is used to signify social status and can be extremely elaborate and ornate.

In the 19th century, women’s undergarments included corsets, which were designed to create an hourglass figure but could also cause health problems. Women fainting in that era was common, often caused by overheating or the inability to breathe properly due to their corsets.

In the 1980s, leg warmers were a popular fashion accessory, often worn over leggings or tights.

In ancient Greece, women often wore tunics that were fastened at the shoulders with brooches or pins.

In the 1920s, flapper dresses were popular, featuring short hemlines and loose-fitting silhouettes.

In the 1960s, the mini-skirt became a popular fashion trend, with some styles featuring hemlines that were only a few inches long.

1970s style mini-skirt
1970s-style mini-skirt

In some cultures, it is customary for men to wear skirts or dresses as part of their traditional clothing.

In the 19th century, women’s dresses often included bustles, which were designed to enhance the shape of the buttocks.

In the 1970s, bell-bottom pants were popular, with some styles featuring extremely wide legs that were almost as wide as the hips.

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Hats

In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I of England passed a law that required all men over the age of six to wear a hat on Sundays and holidays.

The most expensive hat ever sold was a $2.7 million diamond-studded hat created by British designer Louis Mariette.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a sign of fertility or virility.

The word “hat” comes from the Old English word “hæt”, which means “covering for the head”.

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.”

The first hats were made of straw or felt and were worn by ancient Greeks and Romans.

In medieval Europe, hats were a sign of social status and were often made of expensive materials like silk and velvet.

The hat-making industry peaked in the early 20th century, with over 100,000 people employed in the trade in the United States alone.

The world’s largest hat was created in 2011 and measured 14.25 meters (46 feet and 9 inches) in circumference.

In the 19th century, women’s hats were so large and elaborate that they often had to be held in place with hatpins, which could be up to 12 inches long.

In Japan, there is a traditional hat called a “kanmuri” that is worn by emperors and empresses during important ceremonies.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a sign of mourning or respect for the dead.

In the 18th century, men’s hats were often decorated with ostrich feathers or other exotic materials.

In the United States, the top hat became a symbol of wealth and sophistication in the 19th century.

The Panama hat is actually made in Ecuador, not Panama.

The bowler hat was invented in the mid-19th century as a more practical alternative to the top hat.

The term “mad as a hatter” comes from the fact that in the 19th century, hat makers often used mercury to soften the felt used in hats, which is toxic and caused them to go insane over time.

In some African cultures, hats are worn to indicate a person’s tribe or social status.

In the 1960s, the pillbox hat became popular with women, thanks in part to Jacqueline Kennedy’s fondness for the style.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a form of protection from the sun or other elements.

In the early 20th century, the “Flapper” style of hat became popular with young women, featuring a close-fitting, brimless design.

The balaclava, a type of hat that covers the head, neck, and face, is named after the town of Balaklava in Crimea.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a sign of religious devotion.

Observant Jewish men are required to wear a hat, but over time, realizing that the hat doesn’t have to be large, have created very small, simple hats called yarmulkes. Some Orthodox Jewish men wear very elaborate, large fur hats that can cost upward of $5,000.

In the 18th century, women’s hats often featured large, ornate decorations like fruit, flowers, and even miniature ships.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a sign of authority or rank.

The fedora, a style of hat that became popular in the 1920s, is named after the heroine of a play by Victorien Sardou.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a form of camouflage or disguise.

The beret, a round, flat hat typically made of wool, has been worn by soldiers and artists alike throughout history.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a sign of marriage or betrothal.

The tricorn, a three-cornered hat popular in the 18th century, is sometimes worn by members of fraternal organizations like the Shriners.

The dunce cap, a pointed hat worn as a punishment in schools, originated in the 13th century.

The sombrero, a broad-brimmed hat worn in Mexico and other Latin American countries, means “shadower” in Spanish.

The fez, a cylindrical hat with a tassel, is traditionally worn by men in Morocco and other North African countries.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a sign of mourning for a deceased loved one.

The Zucchetto, similar to a Jewish yarmulke, is a small skullcap worn by Catholic clergy, including the Pope.

The tam o’ shanter is a Scottish cap with a pom-pom on top.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a sign of resistance or protest.

The shako is a tall military hat with a flat top and a visor, originally worn by Hungarian hussars in the 18th century.

The Hennin is a tall, pointed hat worn by women in the 15th century, often with a veil attached.

The toque is a chef’s hat, traditionally made of white fabric and with a tall, pleated top.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a sign of protection from evil spirits or bad luck.

The keffiyeh is a traditional headdress worn by Arab men and women, often in black and white checkered pattern.

The busby is a tall fur hat with a plume, traditionally worn by cavalry soldiers in the British Army.

In some cultures, hats are worn as a sign of hospitality or welcome.

The mortarboard is a flat, square hat worn by graduates during commencement ceremonies.

The ushanka is a Russian fur hat with earflaps that can be tied up to the crown of the hat.

The cowboy hat, with its wide brim and high crown, is a symbol of the American West.

You’ll see some rather odd hats at OddGiftFinder.com

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Shoes

The oldest shoes ever discovered are 9,000 years old and were found in Fort Rock Cave in Oregon, USA.

Until 1818 shoes were interchangeable, there was no difference between right and left shoes. King George IV of England changed the tradition by ordering a set of boots made to fit specific feet.

The average American woman owns 19 pairs of shoes, while the average American man owns 10 pairs.

The high heel was invented for men, not women. It was originally worn by Persian soldiers in the 15th century to help them keep their feet in stirrups while riding horses.

In the 16th century, shoes with a long, curved toe called “poulaines” were popular among the nobility. Some poulaines were so long that the tips had to be fastened to the legs with chains to prevent the wearer from tripping over them.

Why was it illegal to buy more than three pairs of shoes in the United States during the 1940’s? Leather was needed for the war effort. Most shoes at that time were made almost entirely from leather, yet today many are made from cloth, plastic and synthetic rubber.

The first rubber-soled shoes were made in the 1830s by the American inventor Charles Goodyear.

The world’s most expensive pair of shoes, worth $17 million, were created by the designer Debbie Wingham and feature gold, diamonds, and other precious stones.

The first sneakers were made in 1917 by the Converse Rubber Shoe Company and were originally called “All Stars.”

The term “sneakers” was coined in the late 1800s because the rubber soles allowed people to walk quietly, or “sneak” around without making noise.

The average American spends around $300 a year on shoes.

The oldest known leather shoe was found in Armenia and dates back to around 3,500 BC.

The world’s largest shoe store, the ShoeMart in Connecticut, USA, has over 1.5 million pairs of shoes in stock.

The tallest high heels ever made were 20 inches (50.8 cm) tall and were created by the French designer Christian Louboutin.

The longest shoelace ever recorded was over 2,400 feet (0.73km) long and was made in Germany in 2004.

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles (185,000 km) over a lifetime. That’s more than 4 times around the equator.

The first running shoes were made in the 1860s and were called “trainers.”

The first platform shoes were worn by actors in Ancient Greek plays to make them look taller and more imposing.

The oldest known pair of women’s shoes with high heels dates back to the 1680s and was made in Venice, Italy.

The world’s largest shoe manufacturer is Nike, which produces over 900 million pairs of shoes each year.

The first shoes specifically designed for basketball were made in the 1920s and were called “Chuck Taylors” after the basketball player who endorsed them.

The world’s fastest recorded mile was run in 3 minutes and 43 seconds by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco while wearing a pair of Nike track spikes.

The first boots were worn by ancient nomads in what is now Russia over 5,000 years ago.

The first women’s dress shoe with a pointed toe was designed in the 14th century in Italy and was called the “poulaine.”

The first pair of Air Jordans, created in 1985 by Nike, was banned by the NBA because they did not meet the league’s dress code.

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Teenagers

The teenage brain is more susceptible to addiction because of the underdeveloped prefrontal cortex.

Teens require more sleep than adults, but their natural sleep cycle causes them to stay up later and wake up later.

Teenagers are more likely to take risks due to their developing brain and desire for social approval.

Teenagers are more likely to engage in “drama” or conflict due to their heightened emotional sensitivity.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to question their identity and develop their sense of self.

The teenage years are when most mental health disorders first appear.

The frontal cortex, which controls decision-making and impulse control, is not fully developed until the mid-20s.

Teenagers are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors when they are in groups rather than alone.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to develop romantic and sexual relationships.

The teenage brain is more sensitive to the effects of alcohol and drugs.

Teenagers often experience a sense of invincibility and believe that negative consequences will not happen to them.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to develop their own values and beliefs.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to explore their sexuality and sexual orientation.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to develop empathy and emotional intelligence.

The teenage years are a time when individuals begin to think about their future and career goals.

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10 Weird Facts About Love

The feeling of falling in love releases the same chemicals in the brain as cocaine addiction.

In ancient Rome, people believed that the first kiss should always be initiated by the woman to avoid bad luck.

People who are in love have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

The longest recorded marriage lasted for 91 years and 12 days.

Falling in love can cause physical symptoms, such as increased heart rate and sweating.

In Japan, there is a love hotel that is entirely staffed by robots.

Scientists have found that people who are in love have more activity in the part of the brain associated with reward and pleasure.

In some African countries, it is customary for men to give their wives a love hut as a wedding gift.

Love at first sight is a real phenomenon, according to research that shows it takes only 4 minutes to decide whether you are attracted to someone.

In ancient Egypt, men used to wear perfume made from the sweat of their beloved.

People who are in love have higher levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in their brains.

In the Middle Ages, people believed that if you sneezed three times in a row, it was a sign that you were in love.

A study found that when a person falls in love, their voice changes to become more similar to the person they are in love with.

In some cultures, it is customary for couples to exchange pieces of their own hair as a symbol of their love.

A group of flamingos is called a “flamboyance,” which is a fitting name for these birds who mate for life and perform elaborate courtship dances.

Studies show that people in happy relationships tend to live longer and have better overall health.

In medieval Europe, people believed that a woman could make a man fall in love with her by cooking his favorite meal and secretly adding her menstrual blood to the dish.

Couples who laugh together have stronger relationships, according to research.

In ancient China, women used to paint their teeth black to make themselves more attractive to men.

The song “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley is based on a French song called “Plaisir d’amour” that was written in the 18th century.

Studies have shown that when two people are in love, their heartbeats can synchronize.

In ancient Greece, people believed that love was caused by arrows shot by Cupid, the god of desire.

A study found that holding hands with someone you love can help alleviate physical pain.

In some cultures, it is considered good luck for a bride to wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on her wedding day.

In the 19th century, the word “flirt” meant “to flick,” as in to make a sudden movement, and was used to describe a woman who was behaving coquettishly.

Scientists have found that people in love have lower levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with depression.

In ancient Persia, men would give their wives a love apple on their wedding night, which was a fruit with a sweet taste that was believed to enhance fertility.

Studies show that people who are in love have better memory recall than those who are not.

In some cultures, it is customary for the groom to carry the bride across the threshold of their new home to protect her from evil spirits.

A study found that people who are in love can experience withdrawal symptoms similar to those of drug addiction when they are separated from their partner.