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In one case, the twin bond certainly prevailed. Twins Jim Springer and Jim Lewis were both named James by their adopted families, both had a childhood dog named ‘Toy’ and they were raised in the suburbs of Ohio within just 72 kilometres (45 miles) of one another. But the similarities don’t end there. As adults, both married twice (first to a woman called Linda, then to a Betty), had a first son named James Allen, drove Chevrolets and served as sheriffs for separate counties in their home state.

The group of men, who had left a nightclub close to the circus, took Serge around the city, even on a tram ride. It was only when the tram driver called the police that the men left Serge tied to a lamp post – but not before taking a few pictures with their fourlegged friend. Serge was returned to the circus safe and sound, but the circus responded by upping security around the animal enclosures. The five men were later arrested, but a petition was launched, calling for the group of men not to face any criminal charges.

Drawers often reached below the knees for both male and female wearers, and most people wore open drawers that featured a large opening in the crotch area, which facilitated bathroom-going and apparently kept the nether regions fresh and well ventilated. © Alamy; Getty Images Loincloth 1330 BCE The most rudimentary form of underwear, and probably the most comfortable on this list, the loincloth harks back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Upon excavating his tomb, it was discovered that among many other treasures, Tutankhamun was buried with 145 loincloths – presumably to see him through his afterlife.

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