When I was knee-high to a grasshopper I had a sleepover at a friend’s house (not that we got much sleep, we stayed up all night playing street fighter!) just before we had (at the very least) pretend to go to sleep his mum asked me if I had brought my “snooze suit” I didn’t know what she was on about until she called them pyjamas. I had to inform her (much to the look of horror on her face) that I had never worn them and didn’t even own a set of them! (I still don’t even today) but I have started to think I am alone on this because it seems even cats wear them! So, let us start our Caturday journey documented with the help of the best Canon camera for wildlife photography.
10 – “Can my life get any worse than this moment right here?!?”
FACT: The first people who are known to wear pyjamas were the men and women in Turkey, Iran and India, but it didn’t hit the UK or the USA until the 1800s!
9 – “Do I look like a rubber duck and blue skies pyjama wearing cat to you?!? NO!”
FACT: Ever wondered about the name of them? Well, it turns out that the word “pyjama” comes from the 2 Persian words. The first one “pae” means “leg”, and the 2nd “jamah” simply means “clothing garment”, so basically “Pyjamas” means “Leg Clothes!”
8 – “You know the split second you let me go I will be hanging off your face right?!!”
FACT: When we all say we wear pyjamas often this could mean just about any combination of styles, but if you look in a dictionary they are defined as night-clothes with loose pants and a loose jacket!
7 – “I’ve been sleepwalking again?! I knew I shouldn’t have eaten cheese before sleeping.”
FACT: Do you like those silk pyjamas of yours? Well, news flash! There is a 95% chance that they are not made of silk at all, in fact, 95% of all PJ’s are sold in 2012 are made from rayon which is artificial silk!
6 – “Can we talk about these new pyjamas?!? Because the fashion police are crying.”
FACT: Located in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. is a very bright and colourful pair of pyjamas worn by none other than American president Warren G. Harding (1865–1923) in the early 1920s and was the first President known to wear them.
5 – “What part of me being a cat do you understand?!!”
FACT: While it might not be seen as expectable, it’s not uncommon to see someone at the grocery store or walking their dog in slippers and PJs in some parts of the world including the UK! This is even stranger when considering facts 1 & 2.
4 – “Good luck trying to get the top half on me!”
FACT: We here in the UK didn’t get the idea or indeed fashion trend of wearing PJ’s until the latter part of the 1920s, which is almost 200 years after America!
3 – “….please kill me!”
FACT: In the late 1880s many American men donned a long night-shirt before going to bed, but after English colonialists began to settle territories in the East and found that Indian loose-fitting jackets and trousers were much more comfortable and lightweight making them better to sleep in.
2 – “Ladybug, ladybug, go to sleep – be warm and snug all wrapped up in a leaf!”
FACT: Pyjamas as still seen as something only for the bedroom because as close as January 2012, Michael Williams a commissioner in Caddo Parish Louisiana, proposed an ordinance prohibiting people from wearing pyjamas in public! Luckily it didn’t get made a law, but it shows that pyjamas have a long way to go before it is acceptable to wear them in public.
1 – “Come on kittens, get into bed and stay there as mommy told you to do an hour ago!”
FACT: In 2011 a New Mexico football player, Deshon Marman was arrested when stepping off a flight for wearing sagging pyjama pants on a plane because (and I quote) it “violated their dress code.” must have been the fashion police.