Today I Learned: Pants were invented 3000 years ago for horseback riding

These days, pants are pretty ubiquitous, and we don’t give much thought to the act of wearing them. But for most of human history, rather than the more complicated act of wrapping each leg individually, people were happy to wear robes, tunics and other pieces of clothing that just hung down around both legs.

It was only 3000 years ago that pants were invented, in the steppes of central Asia, for the purpose of making horseback riding more comfortable and less chafing. And even after they were invented, it took a while for the rest of the world to catch on, especially in Europe, where these weird garments were seen as being barbaric and uncivilized. Roman emperors and other European leaders would outlaw pants. You wearin’ pants? Get the hell out of here.

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