World's Strangest Olympic Souvenirs
Torino, Italy—Winter 2006
The Souvenir: Ear warmers with braids.
The Story: Nothing says athletic prowess and Italian culture like fake hair on ear warmers. Once available in blond or brunette (sorry, redheads), the braids made reference to the Alpine hairstyles in Torino’s surrounding mountains. Would real Italians (think après-ski bombshell Sophia Loren) be caught dead in such headgear? Mai!