We've spilled a fair amount of virtual ink on the increasing slutification of Halloween, but as an article in this Sunday's Washington Post shows, Halloween is not the only time for skin-bearing fantasies. There's also the Ren Faire. Anyone whose been to a Renaissance Festival has certainly seen the wenches. They're a staple of festival life and pretty hard to miss, due in part to the popularity of low-cut bodices and corsets. According to Pam Taylor, owner of a shop called Bullseye Designs, bodices are by far the best-seller.
Journey back in time to old Bavaria as the King and Queen open the Festival season with a celebration of the best of the wurst and the bier! Join in the fun by taking part in the Oktoberfest costume contest or the bratwurst eating contest. Faeries, elves and other fanciful creatures bring enchantment to the lanes of New Market Village. Show off your magical finery in the fantasy costume contest or test your endurance in the fiery dragon-wing eating contest. Avast, Ye Hearties!
Y ou never know what will offend people. Some time between the 16th and 18th centuries a particularly prudish owner had this image bowdlerised, even though the nudity of Adam and Eve is a venerable and respectable religious theme. Works of art get lost for many reasons, but there is a suspiciously high destruction rate for those involving nudity. Today, this painting is only known through drawings and copies. A French owner probably destroyed it deliberately.
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