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Old 10-19-2014, 05:36 AM   #5611
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How can it be that the two free-standing standard lamps I bought for the lounge yesterday from IKEA were cheaper than the light bulbs that go in them?
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:08 AM   #5612
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Why do men wear ties? What function do they serve? I'd heard that they were intended for wiping the mouth while eating, but how would you wipe your mouth with a bowtie?
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:46 PM   #5613
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Why do men wear ties? What function do they serve? I'd heard that they were intended for wiping the mouth while eating, but how would you wipe your mouth with a bowtie?
I was told by a Scots Presbyterian minister that ties and tight collars were worn to keep the wee beasties on the body from crawling up onto the face, thus distracting whomever you were try to a polite conversation with.
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As I understand it ties evolved from the neck cloths that earlier men had worn.Cravat
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From the end of the 16th century, the term band applied to any long-strip neckcloth that was not a ruff. The ruff, a starched, pleated white linen strip, originated earlier in the 16th century as a neckcloth (readily changeable, to minimize the soiling of a doublet), as a bib, or as a napkin. A band could be either a plain, attached shirt collar or a detachable "falling band" that draped over the doublet collar. It is possible that cravats were initially worn to hide shirts which were not immaculately clean. Alternatively, it was thought to serve as psychological protection of the neck during battle from attack by a spear.
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Old Yesterday, 10:31 PM   #5615
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Whatever the historical justification, ties and bow ties make no sense in today's world. Neither do summer suits, high heels, and pointed toe shoes. Collectively, all those monstrosities are the Western equivalent of this:


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Old Yesterday, 10:40 PM   #5616
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Erm, I wouldn't go that far... body mutilation like that is pretty debilitating.
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Erm, I wouldn't go that far... body mutilation like that is pretty debilitating.
Actually from what I have heard the neck isn't really stretched as much as you think with those rings. Every now and then they remove them in order to add more rings (up to a point) and suffer no ill effects. It's more that the shoulders are pushed downward than the neck is stretched (remember neck bones are pretty solid) and it just looks like the neck is stretched by it.
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