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  • it is one of the most talked about pieces of clothing in recent history.

  • It evokes images of horror, of pain, of hell raising madness.

  • But what is it?

  • This is a great mystery that today we're going to try to solve at first glance, you might think it was designed by a strict parent so that no one can make advances on their yet to be married daughter.

  • That's a long shot.

  • But hey, back in the middle ages, women were chastity belt.

  • So it's not totally inconceivable.

  • Someone went whole hog and wore an entire don't touch me suit.

  • Still historians now doubt women actually wore chastity belts.

  • A few years later, an image of the full length pinhead suit appeared on the Internet and the strangest thing is people just didn't know where it came from.

  • They started sharing it on reddit when it appeared with the words a siberian bear hunting armor from the 1800s.

  • We'll just tell you now it's real.

  • It's not just an image, the physical thing is in the world as you watch this.

  • People on Reddit were curious, but not so many folks believed it was an actual bear hunting suit, but if not, what was it?

  • Some folks joke saying it was a lawn aeration suit.

  • Another guy said it was for death hugs and another poster said it would be a good piece of clothing should the zombie apocalypse ever happened.

  • Not so many people thought that it would work as bear armor.

  • Let's look into that.

  • First of all, it probably would protect a person if a bear should decide to attack them, the hard wooden spikes would hurt the positive bear and it might just might retreat, but given a large bear could send a person flying through the air.

  • It would be a foolish thing even with the suit on to challenge, say a grizzly or polar bear.

  • If the bear was mad enough, it could penetrate the suit and kill the occupant.

  • As for the hunter being able to do very much in the suit, that would pose a problem.

  • Think about it.

  • It's made of thick leather and studded with nails that itself would profoundly affect dexterity.

  • The helmet is made of iron and also started with nails.

  • Talk about carrying around a weight on your head.

  • Are we supposed to believe that a person wearing this suit back in the 1800s would have been able to go bear hunting in it?

  • Ask any hunter, even with today's advanced weapons.

  • Hunting wild roaming animals isn't exactly easy.

  • You need to be dexterous, sometimes vast and quiet.

  • That suit would not be ideal at all.

  • That's why some people have said the more sensible thing and called the suit, possibly a piece of clothing worn by human bear bait.

  • In this scenario, two guys go out hunting bears and no one wants to get hurt.

  • One person acts as bait since bears have been known to attack people while the hunter hides nearby.

  • The person acting as bait is at least kind of safe as the hunter tries to get a shot off.

  • Then again, hunting bears in Siberia would usually take a lot of walking.

  • Can we believe that someone could walk for miles inside of one of those things.

  • Someone from the foundation of the American Institute for Conservation looked at the picture and came to the same conclusion.

  • They said, I suspect it's more likely to be for bear baiting than hunting since I can't imagine anyone could run around the woods in it.

  • It consists of leather pants and jacket and an iron helmet studded all over with one inch iron nails about three quarter inches apart.

  • The nails are held in place by a second layer of leather lining, the whole thing and quilted into place between the nails, even though the photographs circulating on the internet looks to be an old picture.

  • It isn't.

  • After some investigation, it was discovered that the photo was taken by a well known us based photographer named Malcolm Kirk.

  • Representatives of his confirmed that he had indeed taken the picture, but they didn't expand on the mystery of the suit.

  • Back then it was part of a private collection of pieces and right now you can find it in the menil collection in Houston texas.

  • This is a museum of artifacts owned by the wealthy french american nominal family.

  • It stands in a rather macabre looking room Just below the suit is a plaque that reads wild man costume, 18th or 19th century Germany or Switzerland.

  • Two piece leather hunting suit with wood spikes and iron chain.

  • So we don't know why it was ever called Siberian.

  • This is a serious exhibition and the artifacts in there have been verified.

  • The suit is not a piece of modern surrealist art.

  • It's part of an exhibition called Witness to a surrealist vision, but all that means is the suit looks surreal.

  • The exhibition states the pieces are ritual and everyday objects, primarily from the indigenous peoples of the pacific islands in America's, which the surrealists believed to be witnesses to the universality of their own visual and literary artistic practices.

  • This is saying that they are real artifacts and are in line with the strange thing, surrealist artists come up with.

  • That's well and good, but it doesn't explain who the hell were this suit back then and why they wore it.

  • Then someone stepped in and tried to solve the mystery once and for all.

  • Her name was Kristen Strange.

  • And while at Arizona State University, she wrote a long paper about the exhibition.

  • She doesn't say much about wild man.

  • The paper is more about the museum's relationship to surrealism, but on page 66, she states that the artifact has become notorious as we know.

  • That is thanks in part to thousands of people talking about it on Reddit.

  • She writes the Wild man essential object.

  • In the early planning stages of the exhibition was referred to as the porcupine man in the correspondence between Dominique de Menil and Edmund Carpenter.

  • The latter was a famous american anthropologist known for his work on tribal art.

  • He started the museum with DeMille.

  • Carpenter apparently loved the suit and before he gave it to the museum he kept it in his office.

  • There's been some uncertainty over this object.

  • Culture of origin and originally intended purpose.

  • Right.

  • Strange, which will just state here is a fabulously apt surname for the show.

  • She said it's possible that the suit relates to the vocal griff festival in Basel Switzerland.

  • In this traditional festival, a lion griffin and a savage holding a pine tree marched through the streets.

  • The festival goes back to the middle Ages.

  • The three figures represent three things.

  • The wild man, the savage represents fertility.

  • The lion represents power and fire, and the griffin represents spirit.

  • So maybe back in the day the wild man was the spike suit guy.

  • Maybe the nails represented the needles on the pine tree.

  • Strange says that's only one possibility, and the suit could have been used for hunting.

  • She also tells us something new, She said on December 6, 1974, it was auctioned off at the Palais Galeria and bought by Adelaide de Menil and Mr Carpenter.

  • She said the suit came with a little note that said, it was previously owned by a person named Adamson, someone who gave their name to Surreal Seashells.

  • Adamson was apparently a naturalist 1970, it appeared as an illustration in something called the innocents disa when it was owned by Berlian Company and kept in the paris gallery.

  • Unfortunately, that's where her investigation ends into the suit.

  • What's important is Wild Man was called just that back in the seventies.

  • It first started being called a bear hunting suit two decades later and God knows who brought up Siberia.

  • Our conclusion is you'd have to be crazy to try and hunt a bear with that thing on and if someone asked you to be the bait and it would be a fool to accept the challenge.

  • In all likelihood, the suit was the wild man for that festival, sometime in the 1800s today, it would serve you well when posting something about politics on Twitter.

  • Now you need to watch missing people mystery.

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