It turns out the craving for skintight clothing is not a new development, and a museum in Iceland has the creepiest pair of pants ever made as proof.
The director of the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft located in Hólmavík admitted to Newsweek the pants now on display at the famed museum are a replica of a real 17th-century pair of slacks made from human skin (except for the naughty bits between the legs, which were the creation of someone’s well-endowed imagination), but the practice was at one time very much real. Anna Björg Þórarinsdóttir told Newsweek that Icelandic folklore is replete with tales of the pants and how the wearer of the skintight skinny slacks would be the beneficiary of good luck, but with a very large catch.
“A coin must be stolen from a poor widow, either at Christmas, Easter, or Whitsunday [a Christian festival on the seventh Sunday after Easter] and kept in the scrotum,” Þórarinsdóttir explained to Newsweek. “It will then draw money from living persons and the scrotum will never be empty when the sorcerer checks.”
The good luck only lasts so long, said Þórarinsdóttir. Once a person or sorcerer steps into the slacks (which must by legend have no holes or scratches), the skin of the pants “immediately become one with his own,” and there is an expiration date on the good luck.
“If he dies with the pants on, his body will become infested with lice as soon as he passes away,” Þórarinsdóttir warned. “The sorcerer must therefore find somebody that is willing to take the pants and put his leg into the right leg before the sorcerer steps out of the left one. The pants will keep on drawing money for generations of owners.”
The necromancer skinny slacks are but just one of a number of truly creepy items on exhibit at the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft. The museum is a popular spot for both tourists and locals. The country’s prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, visited the museum last year and posed with the pants, although she did apparently did not try them on.