I was doing a bit of aimless browsing through the archives over the weekend and this article caught my eye. I thought the photo was quite a nice one, it is from a 1928 publication after all, newspaper photo printing in those days can leave a bit to be desired so I appreciated the clarity.
Really though, the reason this article made it anywhere near a post was the caption. When I do a search what I first see is a small section of the text, then I make the call as to whether I want to look at the article in its entirety.
In this case the text bought an unusual combination to mind ;
FANCY DRESS CYCLE RACE. All kinds of cycles the tall “penny farthing” type of our grandfathers’ day to a juvenile tricycle were used in a burlesque race at the fancy dress sports held on the University ground on Saturday morning.
Yep, burlesque cycle race.
What sort of person would I be to not immediately click on this article to see what on earth a burlesque cycle race would look like?
This article again proved to me yet again that the use and meaning of certain words has changed over time.
Noun: A parody or comically exaggerated imitation of something, esp in a literary or dramatic work.
Verb: Cause to appear absurd by parodying or copying in an exaggerated form.
This was clearly the way the word burlesque was used in this article….. blah….
I was kinda hoping that the picture would be a row of scantily clad, Dita Von Teese-esque women desperately pedalling inappropriate cycles, and, really, who could blame me.