Merkin Fun Facts!

From the EXAMINER:

Burlesque costumes are over-the-top sexy. The Pussycat Dolls, Dita Von Tease, VEGAS, smoking hot babes in sexy little outfits that cover next to nothing. These costumes weren't always what they seemed though. A few centuries ago, the outfits had a slightly different purpose. According to the Museum of Sex, merkins (the bottom half of burlesque costumes) were originally created as "pubic wigs" for 15th century prostitutes. The designs helped hide pubic lice and syphilis symptoms. Ladies: share this information with your boyfriend or husband the next time he heads to Vegas with the boys.