THE ORIGIN OF BUTTONS
ON JACKET SLEEVES
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Season 5 Episode 3:
October 9, 1986
Cliff's mother is of to dinner with
Duncan Fitzgerald (the single millionaire Cliff wants her to
marry) and admires the buttons on the sleeve of his jacket.
then bestows upon us the knowledge of why there are buttons on
the sleeves of jackets.
Did you know
that buttons on a man's jacket sleeve have absolutely no
purpose. They originated on the uniforms of Napoleon's army
when he discovered that his soldiers were using their sleeves
to wipe their noses.
gonna flap her gums, all the way to the poor house.")
It seems that Esther is quoting an old wives tale, but it was
Frederick the Great, in the mid 1700's, who supposedly had the buttons sewn on to keep his soldiers from wiping their noses.
In reality the origin is not known, but painting exist from the
late 1500's and early 1600's showing men wearing jackets with
buttons on the sleeves.
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