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These instruments of torture now on display in Toronto, as the CBC says:

They must be looking for footnotes...

“TORONTO – It’s an article of clothing that is widely used, rarely researched and frequently misplaced – and now has its own museum exhibition.

The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto has opened an exhibition called Socks: Between You and Your Shoes. It includes about 40 rare socks, including a 13th century pair made of human hair.

There’s also a sock that illustrates one of the earliest surviving examples of knitting – a 900-year old sock excavated in Egypt.

Also on display are linen socks worn by King Charles I during the first half of the 17th century and a pair worn by Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile on St. Helena in the early 1800s.

There are also pale pink silk stockings worn by Queen Victoria.”

Human hair? I cannot even imagine wearing a pair of socks made out of human hair.  Of course, if you think it cannot get worse, it does.

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