History of Shorts

History of Shorts

First, a definition. Shorts are a bifurcated garment worn by men and women and boys and girls that begin at the waist and end at or above the knee. Wait a moment! Bifurcated? That sounds almost obscene.

Here is a more simple definition. Shorts are a shortened version of long pants. That’s it. So who invented them? Well, first we have to look at who invented clothing.

Long ago and far away in the Land of Eden, Adam and Eve were chatting in the Garden. Adam said, ‘Eve, you look mahvelous. What is that you’re wearing?’

Eve replied, ‘This old thing? I’ve had this fig leaf forever. I have to find something new to wear.’ So she collected a bunch of reeds and fashioned a skirt which later became very popular in Hawaii. Eve looked so fetching that may have been when all that begetting began. You know, Cain, Abel, etc., etc.

Although I prefer that explanation, there is an alternative version of when clothing evolved. Let’s look at our ancestors after the Ice Age about 170,000 years ago. In the beginning they ran around wearing nothing but lots of coarse, shaggy hair.

Grogg - Self portrait
Grogg - Self portrait
Lice - the first fashionistas
Lice - the first fashionistas

Then Grogg – remember him from the ‘World’s Oldest Interviewer and Speech Writer – discovered that the furry skin of the mammoth made a warm, comfortable covering. In time, these greasy, smelly skins evolved into more practical clothing like shirts and pants and shorts.

How do I know it was about 170,000 years ago? Thank you for asking. A new study, published in the Molecular Biology and Evolution journal, explains that the evidence comes from parasites – lice, to be exact.

Scientists, using DNA sequencing, tracked when head lice evolved into clothing/body lice and that occurred around 170,000 years ago. So lice have been with us since clothing was invented.

FYI: Fully developed lice are grayish white, have 6 legs, and are the size of a sesame seed.

Boy in 1890s wearing knee pants
Boy in 1890s wearing knee pants
U.S. schoolboys wearing knickerbockers (1900s)
U.S. schoolboys wearing knickerbockers (1900s)
Well-dressed golfer wearing knickers
Well-dressed golfer wearing knickers
Model wearing shorts in 1931 Sears catalog
Model wearing shorts in 1931 Sears catalog
British army officers in uniform
British army officers in uniform

What has this got to do with the history of shorts? Let me explain:

Back in the days of the1890s,

It all started with short knee pants.

Young boys in America wore these shorts

Purchased by mamas and papas and aunts.


Then later during the 1900s,

Knickerbockers was what we called boys’ shorts.

They covered the knee worn with long stockings,

Most boys wore them for school and for sports.


Soon Americans shortened that name,

And promptly called them knickers.

Guess how British folks responded to this?

With derision, laughs, snorts and snickers.

FYI: Knickers are the British equivalent of women’s underpants.


Even today some grown men endorse

The wearing of knickers on the golf course.


Let’s fast forward to the 1930s

When women displayed their proclivity,

To wear shorts like their children did

For casual and athletic activity.


Shorts were worn by our brave service men

In tropical climes during World War Two.

It then became commonplace for those shorts

To be worn everywhere by men … and women, too.

FYI: “Before the first World War women were arrested for smoking cigarettes in public, for using profanity, for appearing on beaches without stockings, for driving automobiles without a man beside them, and for wearing outlandish attire – for example, shorts.” – Geoffrey Perrett

Flying soccer player wearing baggies
Flying soccer player wearing baggies
Men wearing Bermuda shorts in Bermuda
Men wearing Bermuda shorts in Bermuda

How many types of shorts are there? Let me count the ways.

Loose-fitting, baggy shorts that reach the knees

Were once standard for English soccer guys.

From ‘70 to ‘90 shorts were short

But now baggies worldwide are on the rise.

FYI:The West Bromwich Albion FC soccer team is nicknamed the Baggies because their team used to wear very baggy shorts.


Bermuda shorts with blazer and tie

Are popular with men in Bermuda.

This style works well for men who are fit

But not so much for guys built like Buddha.

Colorful board shorts or 'jams'
Colorful board shorts or 'jams'
Just kidding, John
Just kidding, John


Board shorts are beachwear for surfboard dudes,

They are swim trunks reaching below the knee.

The board name comes from surfers’ surfboards,

Since the ‘80s we call them ‘jams,’ you see.


Boxer shorts are male underwear,

Short versions are called boxer briefs.

The very tight-fit spandex type

Are ‘bun huggers,’ Oh my, good grief!

Catherine Bach and Jessica Simpson
Catherine Bach and Jessica Simpson
Shorts with high heels can be glamorous.
Shorts with high heels can be glamorous.


Want to create your own Cut-offs?

Cut the legs off your worn jeans today.

They are popular since the ‘70s

Although not hemmed and allowed to fray.


Daisy Dukes are very short cut-offs

From the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ TV show.

Catherine Bach wore them on television,

Jessica Simpson, on film not long ago.

FYI: The cut-offs known as 'Daisy Dukes' refer to that character in the TV show, ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’ played by actress, Catherine Bach(1979-1985). Actress Jessica Simpson played Daisy Dukes in the film, 'The Dukes of Hazzard' (2005).

The Royal Teens singing 'Short Shorts' (1957)

Bike shorts with or without bike
Bike shorts with or without bike
Raquel Welch in hot pants (1967)
Raquel Welch in hot pants (1967)
Three of the guys didn't get the email about wearing high socks with their lederhosen.
Three of the guys didn't get the email about wearing high socks with their lederhosen.
Young men wearing cargo shorts
Young men wearing cargo shorts
I went to buy camouflage shorts and couldn't find any!
I went to buy camouflage shorts and couldn't find any!

Long bike shorts of spandex or nylon

Are created to be super skin tight.

They are supposed to relieve chafing

But with that fit, chafing they might incite.

For myself, I think I would choose

Bike shorts that are a little more loose.


Hot pants are also known as 'short shorts'

With inseam length of two inches or less.

Mary Quant designed them in the ‘60s,

And launched them in London to great success.


Lederhosen are well-known German shorts

Worn with high socks in any weather.

What are they made of you might ask?

I thought you knew. They’re made of leather.


Cargo shorts have more than 4 pockets

Stitched to the outside with turn-down flaps.

With all that extra room to stow your stuff,

You can carry your baseball caps,

several maps, assorted traps,

and all your apps.


Designer flood pants by John Galliano
Designer flood pants by John Galliano
British schoolboys in uniform
British schoolboys in uniform

Long shorts that look much like short trousers,

Are sometimes also called Flood pants.

They may be called ‘shankles’ (shorts plus ankles)

Or known as shorts plus pants – that’s ‘shants.’


School shorts are tailored and sometimes flannel,

Worn in the country with the English Channel.


Gym shorts are usually worn for gym

By she or he or her or him.

 The long and the short of it
The long and the short of it
Pleated women's culottes
Pleated women's culottes


Convertible shorts! A great invention.

They are long pants that zip off at the knee.

When you find you need more formal attire

Just zip the bottom back on – one, two, three.


Culottes for girls are a divided skirt,

Loose-cut shorts is what they resemble.

Skorts are shorts with fabric in the front.

It looks like a skirt. Not coincidental.


So there you have it,

The history of shorts.

Worn for many occasions

But most of all for sports.

For running, for hiking,

For sunning, for biking.


Just one caveat though,

Something you ought to know ...

I call it a word to the wise:

Don't wear shorts if you look like these guys!

Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse

The word, shorts , also refers to short films so this hub is dedicated to my favorite short film hero, Mickey Mouse. Who also happens to wear bright red shorts!



© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I never knew there was so much to know about shorts. Fascinating and well-researched. Love the OMG photos. LOL. Great hub! :-)


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I have always love shorts.. especially with good legs to look at.. lol.. love your hub on shorts.. and I agree with Victoria I didn't realize there were so many kind of shorts..

vote up

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Debbie


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Beautiful hub on shorts. I kind of liked the look of OMG#2, the rest were enough to make me gag. Was #6 wearing ANYTHING on the bottom? It sure doesn't look like it. I see a lot of the overstuffed and not enough cloth shorts on heavy women in this area. I wonder if it is all over and sincerely hope not. It is bad enough to just have it here. The pants aren't high enough either. Muffin top abounds and it ain't pretty. Oh, in case you were wondering, I am not criticizing the weight on these people, I am not thin either; I am criticizing their taste.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Me, too, Victoria, I always thought shorts were shorts, but I learned there are a myriad of choices when it comes to that particular item of clothing. Thanks for your kind comments and loving the OMG photos.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Ah, Debbie, as a shorts-lover, you are a kindred soul.

Thank you, m'dear, for the visit, the Up vote, and the sharing.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I can see, Becky, that you appreciate the finer things in life like the cute guy in the bun huggers (what a great name for underwear)!

I am hoping that the woman in the final OMG photo was wearing some type of outerwear, but I couldn't swear to it.

Just like you, I have no right to criticize the models but I can critique their choice of shorts or whatever. In fact, I added a disclaimer with that statement. Just in case!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Interesting review of social history of short pants. Generally speaking I do not think most men look good in shorts, including myself. I would only wear them for the beach and sports. This may be generational, although I have friends my age who love to wear them. My brother wont wear them because they were the things that we were forced to wear as children and it was a sign of growing up to be able to wear long pants. Back in the mid-fifties when I got out of high school burmuda shorts with long stockings were the fad with young women. They even wore them in the winter. If you know Minnesota winters, that was brave. Like anything else shorts should be worn with a sense of individual style and taste. up votes and sharing.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I see you changed your pictures. What happened, the censors get to it? Too bad, I like some of the other pictures.


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b. Malin 3 years ago

This was Fun Drbj. Shorts from Cradle, to Grave... (how morbid of me) we could be decked out in Shorts! I Love the History of Shorts, and could so relate, Short shorts, Hot Pants...Oh Yeah! Well I'd give you an "A" for this Hub and your thorough Research. I also Enjoyed looking at the Video and hearing that Great Song, "Short, Shorts" once again.

And so, My Votes of UP & Interesting and Funny go to you!


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habee 3 years ago from Georgia

Wow...who knew? Loved the hub AND the pics. Voted up! Too funny!


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

You give us so much really information and present it in a very witty style as well. Your hubs are treasures. Thank you.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

How very-very interesting!

And how I love that song - Short Shorts.

Racquel Welsh was my role-model. Hotpants was in fact the first shorts I've worn. Unfortunately at my current age I look better in long shorts as in short shorts. (Aging is definitely not for sissies or for wearers of shorts!)

May I never-ever see living lice in my life. Those ugly monsters will certainly give me a fatal heart attack. And yet, I know, they are everywhere. Mite, too small for the eyes to see, living inter alia in dust.... How many have I swallowed since the day I was born? The mere thought gives me palpitation.

Excellent, drbj! Most entertaining and informative hub about the history of shorts :)


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Oh my this was entertaining. I would have never guessed all these different "shorts." Of course I've heard of most of them, seen many of them, and worn some of them. I admit my favorite (when they were IN) were Culottes. Nowadays, I wish I could wear shorts all year long as my garment of choice. I have been known, even more recently, to wear "tight" shorts under a dress. Okay, think I've said enough. I enjoyed this hub and all the research (and humor) put into it Dr. BJ!


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epigramman 3 years ago

I've got the sexiest legs in all of Hubpages and the reason I always wear shorts - and you've got the best hubs of all Hub-time - you are a legend of class, style and wit - and I hope sincerely when they send a time capsule into another galaxy to represent hubpages - they include all of your hubs - you have supported me through thick and through thin and it doesen't get any better than that my friend - you keep me going - I hope I keep you going too - and this is the 'shortest' hub you've ever done - get it - ha ha ha - I am trying to be punny like you - did it work?

sending you as always dear friend my sincere warmest wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 10:35pm


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Even today some grown men endorse

The wearing of knickers on the golf course.!!

Haha! brilliant! this was great! so funny, and full of great info about knickers, er shorts! yes I am english and yes I can say for certain that knickers are not shorts! funny stuff, nell


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Some men look great in shorts, Don. And some, not so much. The same goes for women but we do love our shorts for summer wear even if we are not athletically inclined.

Isn't it strange how we can't wait to wear long pants and be older when we are young, and how soon those desires fade. In south Florida shorts are almost mandatory during the hottest most humid part of the year. I do agree with your sensible statement that 'shorts should be worn with a sense of individual style and taste.'

Thank you, my friend for your visit, tale of Minnesota winterwear, up votes and sharing.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, dear Becky, for noticing. Yes, the HP powers chastised my selection of those funny OMG photos of overweight people in much too short shorts. I had to take them down - even the hulk in the 'bun huggers.' But like you, I did find them fun.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for enjoying this 'cradle to grave' history of shorts, b. I remember that Short Shorts song and do you know how many times the phrase, 'short shorts,' was used? 57 times!

Thanks, m'dear, for the A, your votes and the Up. Delighted you enjoyed my impeccable research.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Holle, the oustanding recipe lady. Thanks for loving this hub and the photos and the Up. Thanks for the Wow, too.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

What a lovely compliment, christopher. My 'hubs are treasures.' Happy my 'witty' presentation gave you so much information. The pleasure was all mine, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Me, too, Sharon. I had no idea there were so many different versions and lengths of shorts until I did the research. Delighted you found this entertaining and humorous.

Culottes are still around - they are a very ladylike mode of dress.

So you have been known to wear tight shorts underneath a dress? Your secret, m'dear, is safe with me.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I'm not surprised, Colin, that you possess the sexiest legs in Hubpages since you often publish the sexiest epigrams known to man - and woman.

Thank you for your sublime comments - I do treasure them, you know. Class, style and wit? Who could ask for anything more?

It has been my pleasure to support you and it is the greatest compliment to me to know that you appreciate it. We'll keep each other going, eh?

So this is the 'shortest' hub I've ever done? I got it! Very funny, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for appreciating my somewhat offbeat verse, Nell. Since I knew you were British, I thought you especially would appreciate the knickers allusion.

Delighted I gave you some laughs and some knickerful info. Cheers, m'dear.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

In short, this is an award-winning hub:) Seriously, no one and I do mean NO ONE but you my friend could write such a masterpiece on shorts. I laughed, learned and loved it all.

Your hubs are refreshing and unique. So how do you spell talent? DRBJ! Your forever fan and friend ~ Audrey (Oh, I voted up and across and of course sharing with all the world.)


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

What a great write drbj... shorts is about all I wear in the summer months and around the house in the winter months... love them. The best are the old bluejeans with the legs cut off... that is living...

Best from Canada


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NornsMercy 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

This was great :) read from beginning to end, voted up! :D


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok

Wow! Impressive research! I didn't know shorts go way back. And I'm pretty sure they'll be staying for a long, long time! hihihi...


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi drbj - nothing like shorts on a hot day! But these days, I only wear them around the house. As women age, the legs may still look good, but there is just something about knees that don't hold up to the years!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Shorts...one word, one 'pair of pants' that you've turned into a hilarious and informative hub. It appears you haven't left out anything including lice and Lederhosen! EVERYONE need to read this to brighten up their day.

Voted up, useful, funny, and awesome. Oh and shared so others can smile too!


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Sandyspider 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

You come up with the most amazing things. Never thought of the history of shorts before. Well done. Except I still feel creeped out with the lice.


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

So thats where the hula skirt came from, the first mother herself, should have known. The new study is intriguing with the clothes lice since 170,000 years ago is around the time anatomically modern humans came on the scene, perhaps we have a fairly firm date on that now, when modern folk showed up that is. Hey drbj, it was great to see a camo return by Grogg btw. Lets see, oh yea, women sure have come a long way in the last hundred years or so- imagine, from arrested for shorts to Daisy Dukes! The new cargo pants are ok but darn if u put stuff in them you look- well, bulgy. Anyway, mahvelous hub, i'd of been on it sooner but didn't see on the e-mail for some reason. Up n awe drbj!


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tlpoague 3 years ago from USA

What an interesting hub. Like the others here, I didn't realize there were so many different types of shorts, some with some entertaining names too. Great job! The pictures were worth a thousand words! Awesome!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Loved your first line, Audrey: 'In short, this is an award-winning hub.' Delighted you appreciated my shorts 'masterpiece' and that you laughed, learned and loved it.' What an outstanding comment!

And then you followed up with sublime adjectives like 'refreshing and unique'. And OMG, 'talent.' I am your forever fan/friend, too. And thanks for the up and across and sharing. With the 'whole world?' Wow!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Rolly, so nice to meet you here. So happy we both have a mutual love of shorts - summer and winter. Though most of mine are so grungy I wear them only when I am indoors. Not grungy dirty, of course, just grungy-looking. And cut-off jeans ARE the best!

So are you . . . eh?


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to make your acquaintance, NornsMercy. Happy you read this all the way through and then voted Up. Most perceptive of you, m'dear. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, beingwell, what a pleasant, positive profile name. Oh, yes, shorts do go way back (to the 1890s for lil boys). And they are still very popular worldwide. Thanks for the 'impressive research' comment. You might also enjoy my hubs on the History of the Tshirt and Levi Jeans hubs - see links above.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Dolores - I wear my shorts around the house, too, especially when it's warm weather.

Interesting observation about old knees, m'dear. They age just like all the other body parts but at least they don't fall! Much!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Dolores - I wear my shorts around the house, too, especially when it's warm weather.

Interesting observation about old knees, m'dear. They age just like all the other body parts but at least they don't fall! Much!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, tillsontitan. Excuse the redundancy above but lately many of my comments get repeated even when I am responding to the next commenter. Sorry.

Thanks for the visit and finding this 'hilarious and informative.'

Yes, I threw in lice and Lederhosen and Raquel Welch as eye candy for good measure. Thanks for the Up, useful, funny and awesome, and the sharing. You covered the bases, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

So sorry, Sandy, that I creeped you out with the lice. I'm not fond of those buggy creatures myself but acuracy prevails.

Thanks for finding this history of shorts amazing. My research enlightened me, too.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Yup, Alastar, not many folks know about the history of the hula skirt, so I felt it my duty to inform the population. :)

Isn't it amazing how lice have survived for over 170,000 years now. But insects have always been a sturdy species. And speaking of sturdy, Grogg sends his regards.

The Daisy Dukes and other hot pants have been a wonderful invention for gals to wear and guys to observe. You are right about cargo pants - carry too much stuff in the numerous pockets and you cannot look svelte. No matter what. Thanks for finding this mahvelous and the up 'n awe.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, tipoague. Nice to meet you and thanks for finding this interesting and awesome. So many types and kinds of shorts - who knew?

Delighted you enjoyed the pictures. Me, too.


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I live all year round in em, making me an expert on this subject, or so I thought, until I realized you knew much more about em !!!! Great post, drbj!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Since you live all year 'round in shorts, Chris, you are hereby awarded the title of C.E.O.S. - Co-Expert Of Shorts. Thanks for the visit and the commendation. :)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Wow! I did not know that there are many kinds of shorts. I like it when men wear knickers during sports time, lol. Imagine if they wear womens´ knickers. hahaha...You made me laugh today drbj. Thanks for sharing this very informative hub. Voted up and more.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I was about to watch my Saturday morning cartoons and remembered that you'd written a new hub on shorts. It was toss up between the shorts and the cartoons. You won of course. What a fun and educational hub on shorts. A commercial just came into my head as I was getting to the end of your hub. Not sure if you've seen it .... it's a commercial for Nair ... If you dare wear short shorts, Nair for short shorts ... Okay that's all for now.

Have a great Weekend and hope you had a good Birthday this past week.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

Well, Doc....you have literally bifuricated by resistance to the wearing of these white-legged exposurers such as they are. Now I long to be a part of history with the lower leg exposed or possibly clad in a high stocking of fine silk materials. I'll probably go with the "Bermuda Look" wearing khaki shorts adorned by a blue blazer...possibly with the family crest...a donkey with its head up its buttocks! You made quite an interesting piece out of a rather brief piece of subject matter. Accolades to you! ~WB


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John Sarkis 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi Drbj, and what a great article....

You have a unique way with words and this article is living proof.

Job well done - voted up funny and awesome

John


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Dear drbj, only you can spin a short history of shorts with such verve and variety. My own collection of bun huggers range from from Denim cut offs to comfy cotton cargoes. I do love a pair of Daisy Dukes on a suitable Daisy... I am amazed at your depth and breadth of analysis on this subject. Awesome, as always.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Thelma. I, too, was astonished to learn how many different types of shorts existed. I knew you would get a kick out of the guys wearing knickers. Most Americans use that term quite innocently not knowing that it might mean something else across the pond.

Delighted I made you laugh, m'dear, one of my favorite pursuits. You are most welcome for the information and thank you for the Up and more.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Susan. Wow, a face-off between watching your Saturday cartoons and reading my hub. And I won? Made my whole weekend, m'luv.

I'll have to watch the Nair commercial referring to short shorts that you mentioned. Haven't noticed it but I must admit my brain often switches off automatically when commercials interrupt a program.

Happy that you found this both fun and educational, and thanks for the birthday wishes.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Wayne. I believe I may have reached the pinnacle of literary attainment by bifurcating your resistance to the wearing of shorts. Would love to see a photo of yourself so adorned particularly featuring your accompanying blazer with the family crest you described in such endearing terms.

I agree. The Bermuda look would do you proud. But you must forego the pistol, holster and bandolier. Thanks for finding this interesting and the accolades. A rather 'brief' piece? You ARE too much!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, John. Thanks for your gracious comments. 'A unique way with words' just happens to be one of my favorite phrases. True!

And thanks for the up and the other stuff, too. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Docmo. Thank you for your appreciation of my shorts history. So you own bun huggers, cut-offs and cargo pants? You might be interested to know that on the original version of this hub I posted a great photo of a guy in bun huggers. But the huggers must have been too tight or the bun too . . . well, I had to remove it. Made someone on high very nervous I guess.

I agree with your philosophical statement: 'Daisy Dukes on a suitable Daisy' are a work of art. Thanks for your sublime comments and the awesome, m'dear.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

Very interesting Hub! Do you remember when Daisy Dukes were first called Daisy Maes after the character in the old comic strip "Li'l' Abner"? We have a set of these comics in the Cartoon Library at Ohio State University. It was a really political cartoon about low-income Dogpatch residents and their moonshine stills and such. I'd bet most of the people that read these strips in the papers are deceased now.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

I shared your Hub on Facebook.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Of course, Patty, I remember when Daisy Dukes were called Daisy Maes after the pretty character in Al Capp's wonderful comic strip, 'li'l Abner. Abner was the likable but naive guy that Daisy was always trying to capture. Remember Sadie Hawkins Day in Dogpatch (where they lived) where the gals could chase the guys? And General Bullmoose, the politician who always declared, 'What's good for General Bullmoose is good for the country.' Does that remind you of someone?

You and I may be the only folks alive who remember all that fun. Thanks for the visit and finding this interesting.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

And thanks heaps for sharing this on Facebook. Much appreciated, m'dear.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I had so much fun reading this hub..Lots of good information however, your photos speak larger than words. Thanks for sharing all this information.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are a kindred soul, Carol, for discerning that my photos speak larger than words. I kinda like them myself, too. Delighted that you had fun reading this hub and thanks for sharing the info. :)


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

This was so interesting to learn about shorts...I pretty much like all the shorts except the 80's I think when men wore them really short and you had to close your eyes should they make a fast move...haha I love the convertible shorts...great for men or women. You did an excellent job with this hub..thank you!.

Sunnie


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Happy you found this interesting, Sunnie. Yep, I remember the guys wearing shorts too short in the 80s . . . often revealing more than one would want to see. Thanks for the visit and the gracious comments, m'dear. You're most welcome.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Great hub and thanks for sharing.

Eddy.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you for visiting, Eddy, it is my pleasure to share. Hope your winter is not too cold.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I missed this. Very creative verse. I remember the first shorts I wore for gym at school which were like the bloomers my nan used to wear, but we won't go there. Lol. I loved strutting around in my hot pants. but now my shorts are longer to cover the wrinkly knees. I too remember those embarassing moments of the 80's and seeing more than I wanted to ugh!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted you found this, Rosemary, and happy to provide a little shorts deja vu. Bet you were awfully cute in those gym bloomers. :)

Yes, hot pants were an innovative invention and very eye-filling when worn by very slender but curvy attractive young women.

I live in a resort area and often see older women in cut-offs (today's hot pants) who obviously do not check themselves out in their mirrors before venturing out in public. :(


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epigramman 3 years ago

I have to be 'short' my legendary hub colleague and dear friend, but you always rock my world with your witty commentary and of course your hub presentations are the best of the best - off to work in a few minutes, wish me godspeed and safety and I will see you on the weekend - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 8:49pm


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Dress warm, Colin, so you are prepared for those wintry blasts off Lake Erie. And don't wear your shorts till the summer. Thank you, my friend and colleague, for stopping by and your more than sublime comments. It is always my pleasure, but you already know that, to have you in my corner. :)


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CelebrateUSA 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Voted up and awesome. Never knew all this - 170,000 years ago?! Oh, my the research you did and the photos you have compiled, truly exceptional.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

How nice to meet you, CelebrateUSA - love your choice of profile name. Thanks for finding this and appreciating my 'exceptional' research and photo compilation. And thanks, too, for the awesome and the Up vote.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love this hub. The writing was superb and the picture were awesome. I like to so much I read it twice. I love all of those little facts you threw in.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

What a lovely thing to say, KK Gals. You liked it so much you read it twice? Thank you, m'luv, you may return whenever you wish. All the little facts will still be here. Promise.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I have long suspected that you, dear B.J. are a genius. After reading, laughing and giggling myself silly as I rode the highway to the History of Shorts and the truly OMG photos, there is not a shred of doubt - you are a genius.

I bow to you, in all humility and thank you for the joy you bring to me. You are so amazing.

Hugs and happiness ~ Audrey


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

A genius, Audrey? OMG, I haven't been called that by anyone since . . . I think it was breakfast! Heh, heh. You brought joy to me, m'dear, with your comments.

Now arise from your bow . . . and kiss my ring. (Just foolin') Thank you for your sublime statements and your loyalty. Hugs and happiness backatcha. May your 4th and your life be glorious! I have spoken.


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Okay...now I will never have to know one more thing about shorts. Who knew there was so much to know?


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

What a coincidence! That's what I always say when I learn something new, Scribenet. Who knew?

And I adore your colossal comment commitment, m'luv.


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I just wanted to post a smile...but I had to add a few words, I guess just a smile is not allowed :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Smiles, chuckles, laughter, guffaws and the like are allowed by me, Scribenet, any time! Thank you!


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TarrinLupo 2 years ago from Peterborough NH

What a cool topic, kudos.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, TarrinLupo. Thanks for the cool words and the kudos, to boot.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Very interesting and funny hub drbj. I have worn many a pair of shirts in my time, but now only at home or beach, or when playing sport. They don't look quite as hood as they once did. Must be the change of style...lol. I actually have a pair of convertibles in my wardrobe. Voted up.


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida Author

Of course it's the change of style, Jodah. Delighted to learn that you are also a 'convertible' man - so to speak. :)


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

Wow, it's ages since I read and commented on this hub. I must have still been in short pants at the time, and couldn't write proper yet... "Shirts" and "hood".


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida Author

I know it's been awhile and I do apologize - been trying to catch up this week. And don't despair, I knew exactly what you meant. :)


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brakel2 15 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi drbj - What a great hub on all the shorts in the history of time. I remember all in my time, especially hot pants. They were a little too revealing. I wore knickers that I made in the 80s and even wore them to work. My daughter was in a wedding where they wore knickers. Loved the photos and all the descriptions. Thanks for sharing and for the laughs at some of the clothes. Blessings, Audrey Will share.


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for finding this, Audrey. So happy you can relate to the various types of shorts. Would love to see photos of that wedding your daughter attended where the guests wore knickers.

Thanks for loving the photos, etc., and for sharing. The laughs are one me, m'dear.

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