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Trousers in History

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Okapi
21205.  Sun Jun 05, 2005 5:36 am Reply with quote

Phillipe Francois Nazaire Fabre d'Eglantine was the dramatist who, along with the poet Chenier, devised those poetic names (Vendemiaire - Fructidor) for the months of the French Revolutionary Calendar (in use between 24 November 1793 and 1 January 1806 - although it did reappear briefly during the Paris Commune of 1871). The months are divided into four seasonal groups within each of which, the names rhyme.

He also gave individual names to each day of the year, based on social and natural concepts.

The calendar allowed for 5 festival days at the end of Fructidor, known as the sanculottides, celebrating the traditional dress of the lower classes. In a leap year, a special "Trouser-day" (sometimes called Jour de la Revolution) was held, on which, according to d'Eglantine:

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Frenchmen will come from all parts of the Republic to celebrate liberty and equality, to cement by their embraces the national fraternity, and to swear, in the name of all, on the altar of the country, to live and die as brave Trousermen.


From G. Whitrow "Time in History" (1988)

 
Frederick The Monk
21207.  Sun Jun 05, 2005 5:54 am Reply with quote

Trouser history is about to get a lot more dangerous. This from the Indian Telegraph:
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China hits back in US trouser war.
Beijing, May 14 (Reuters): China said today it opposed a US decision to restrict booming imports of Chinese trousers, shirts and underwear, saying the move violates World Trade Organisation agreements and it urged Washington to reconsider.

 
Jenny
21213.  Sun Jun 05, 2005 9:50 pm Reply with quote

I am giggling like a loon at the thought of 'Trouser-day'! Wonderful stuff.

 
dr.bob
21540.  Mon Jun 13, 2005 5:14 am Reply with quote

Be careful, though. Trousers can, in the right circumstances, be deadly.

New scientist recently ran an article on "Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousers" which is reproduced here:

http://www.britcom.org.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=3564&

 

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