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WEIRD NEWS Lobster has cold?

Italy’s highest court has ruled that lobsters must not be kept on ice in restaurant kitchens, as it causes them unjustifiable suffering before they are cooked for fine diners. The ruling followed a complaint by an animal rights group against the owner of a restaurant, who kept live crustaceans on ice. He was ordered to pay a 2,000 Euro fine and a further 3,000 Euros in legal fees. The court ruled that the fact that lobsters are usually cooked while still alive does not mean they can be mistreated beforehand.

Fashion Notes Crickets on the menu

In what appears to be a culinary revolution, a start-up in Brussels is pushing crunchy crickets as a protein alternative to meat. It said its crickets, which can be eaten dried, in different flavours such as garlic or tomato, or turned into flour, were also friendlier on the environment compared to some cattle farming. Eating insects is a common practice in countries such as China, Ghana, Mexico and Thailand.

Did you know fashion and style are 14th century words…? l

Simple needles made out of animal bone first appeared about 30,000 years ago.

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The first fashion magazine was published in Germany in 1586.

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Until the mid-1800s, children dressed identically to adults.

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In the Medieval Ages, a person’s social rank and profession was represented by the colour of the clothing.

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The nobility wore red, peasants wore brown and gray, and merchants, bankers, and gentry wore green.

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In Rome, purple clothing was exclusively reserved for emperors and magistrates.

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Victorian widows were expected to wear black mourning clothes for two years after their husbands’ deaths.

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While vintage clothing refers to clothing made between 20 and 100 years ago, retro refers to recently made clothing that is designed to resemble the style of another period.

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Eyeliner became popular after its discovery in King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1920s.

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It became more socially acceptable for women to wear shorts during World War 2, when fabric rationing was introduced and women were forced to take on more masculine jobs.

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Christian Dior is credited with inspiring 1950s fashion; he designed both the pencil skirt and the A-line skirt.

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The skirt is the second oldest piece of clothing, outdated only by the loincloth.

Living dolls…

A Spanish firm has made eerily realistic human babies, which look, move and feel almost exactly like a newborn. It has also made aliens and fictional characters. The entire range of ‘Reborn Babies’ was on display at a trade fair in Spain. Some of the basic silicone dolls cost almost 600 Euros, while high-end models, equipped with motors that make the doll appear to breathe or suck on a pacifier, cost nearly 5,000 Euros. In addition to human babies, and ones that look like the blue aliens from the film ‘Avatar’, the company makes baby chimpanzees, tiny mermaids and infants with elf-style pointed ears.

September 2017

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As summer gives way to autumn and all things nice, let’s usher in a fresh style quotient to give the new season a fitting welcome. Let’s cel...

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As summer gives way to autumn and all things nice, let’s usher in a fresh style quotient to give the new season a fitting welcome. Let’s cel...

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