Apparently, there was a trend in 18th century England that involved tin pinafores, which made the woman wearing them appear to be pregnant. "These artificial stomachs were in great favour, particularly with unmarried women," states a passage in a 1903 volume called Sexual Life In England, which writer William Gibson read recently. Any fashion history students out there? We're dying to see what these fake bellies looked like! [Boing Boing]