Who Invented The Wig

To many, an important accessory and to others a complete joke. The wig has always been an important device for those that want to conceal their lack of hair,

wire_wigstand_bigTo many, an important accessory and to others a complete joke.  The wig has always been an important device for those that want to conceal their lack of hair, although it can be difficult to make your new ‘head of hair’ look authentic, and the look crosses the line of embarrassment when it falls off or out of place. But who invented this phenomenon of appearance risk?

The early use of wigs date back to the ancient Egyptian times, when fake hair was used to protect people with bald heads from the hot sun, and was used in a similar manner by Romans, Greeks, and Assyrians, amongst others. The look never really caught on, though, until the ‘Tudor period’ in English history, where royalty using wigs to display extravagant ‘tall’ or long hairstlyes (and to protect from headlice) prompted many male members of the public to follow suit, with the term ‘wig’ added to the English language in 1675. Over the years, the use of wigs and hairpieces worldwide would then develop with the styles of the times, eventually reaching the modern approaches and uses that we see now.

rainbow-afro-wigToday, wigs have developed not only into a means for people with a lack of hair to look as though they have some, as part of a job (e.g. acting or ‘traditional’ court judges) or even as a fashion accessory, like ‘extentions’, but also as a means of fancy dress at parties, leading to ‘party wigs’, that are generally much more colourful and bizarre, and are often used to help ‘complete a look’, with costumes such as ‘Elvis’ or ’70’s Afro’.

A concern for some wig-wearers, though, whether serious or recreational, is what they are made of, as it can be a big issue for those that only want ‘nice’ materials touching their body. Although modern wigs are made to begin life clean and usable, some potential wearers could be put off by the fact that to be made to look realistic, their wig is likely to have been made out of one of, or a combination of, the following materials: 

– Wool

– Feathers

– Recycled Human Hair

– Synthetic Materials

– Animal Hair (Horses or Buffalo)

– Yak Hair (most commonly used)

As an example of the potential embarassment that having a wig could cause, please observe this clip of a startled Japanese news reporter, who unknowingly seems to lose his hairpiece whilst bowing….

Wigs – Wikipedia

Who Invented The Boxing Glove

rocky-balboa-sound-effect-boxing-glovesBoxing hasn’t ever been seen as a safe sport, and even more so in the periods in history when the use of a boxing glove was uncommon for a person who wanted an organised fistfight. But when were they invented?

The boxing glove, in its earliest form, were basic ‘hand protectors’ for the then-new game of boxing, created as far back as the Ancient Greek times of 3000 years ago, and it was Amycus, son of the God Poseidon, who was credited with the innovation of wrapping leather around fighter’s hands, made to protect the person throwing the punch more than the one on the receiving end, a theory that is employed to this day with modern boxing gloves, as a punch can still hurt the person applying the force.

The Greek invention was expanded on by the Romans, who, always looking for ways to make weapons more painful than normal, added a layer of metal under their version of the glove (the gladiatorial cestus), although it was soon banned, with the sport of boxing also outlawed a few centuries later.

The sport of boxing would make a comeback in 17th century Britain, but almost all fights would be bare-knuckle, until the publication of the Marquess of Queensbury Rules (which are still followed today) in 1867. English bare-knuckle fighter Jack Broughton is credited with the invention of the modern-day version of the boxing glove (then known as a pair of ‘mufflers’) in the late 18th century, and the basic design has been brought forward with the sport as it developed. Nowadays, if you want a legal and official boxing fight, a pair of boxing gloves must be worn, though there is criticism that the padded gloves do nothing other than change the type of damage that could be caused (the most common of these is brain damage over cuts and wounds), but is still seen as a more acceptable alternative to fighting ‘naturally’.

For proof that boxing can be dangerous no matter what you have on your hands, here is a compilation of some of the most famous (and painful) professional boxing knockouts in history. Don’t try this at home!

Wikipedia page on Boxing Gloves