Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spot Check


After a long, lonley winter at sea, any woman would look good, but those who greeted Captian Cook's crew in New Zealand in 1796 left a really long lasting impression -- their faces were swathed in red ocher and olive oil that stained the sailors' faces when they embraced.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

After they returned to the ship, the sailors' faces weren't the only things that were "spotted". Outraged by his men's amorous cheekiness, Cook put each and every one of the sailors on report -- the first time in naval history that a blemished complexion led to a blemished record.

Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger

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