Have you ever wondered why they put sculptures called "Figureheads" on the fronts of ships? And why they don't do it anymore?
So maybe you have never wondered, but I ran across this first picture and it made me wonder. So I did what any curious person does, and I Googled it.
It actually started with the Vikings painting eyes on the fronts of their ships so that they looked menacing. Eventually it became beautiful ornaments to decorate the ship and tell you the name at the same time. And then eventually as ships became battering rams they didn't want the sculptures destroyed so they stopped using them. But the practice was around for almost 400 years.