Today I learned about Nasubi, a contestant on a Japanese game show who was forced to live alone, naked, in a small room and required to enter contests in magazines to provide him with physical objects, such as food and cloths. He never knew he was on TV as the producers had lied to him. Show ran for 15 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nas…
Romans weaved asbestos fibers into a cloth-like material that was then sewn into tablecloths and napkins. These cloths were cleaned by throwing them into a blistering fire, from which they came out unharmed and whiter than when they went in. asbestos.com/asbestos/his…
To deal with periods, β€œUntil the turn of the 20th century, women simply bled into their clothes or, where they could afford it, shaped scraps of cloth or other absorbents like bark or hay into a pad or tampon-like object” theconversation.com/thous…
For a cloth bag to actually be sustainable and better for the environment, it has to be reused 131 times to break even with the plastic bags in terms of impact on environment in the process of making. (While plastic bags can also be reused but people just don't) stanfordmag.org/contents/…
At a Japanese University ceremony, graduates remotely operated robots that accepted certificates of graduation. Each student robot was dressed in a real cloth graduation gown & topped with a real mortarboard over the screen "head". euronews.com/living/2020/…
Zoot Suit Riots were a series of anti-Mexican youth riots in Los Angeles that happened in 1943. The suits worn were seen as unpatriotic because of the amount of fabric used, and later became prohibited during the Second World War because of their wastefulness of cloth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo…
ABBA's famous outfits were chosen because of Swedish tax law. If they bought cloths for performance they could get a tax deduction, but they had to prove they couldn't be worn on the street. According to BjΓΆrn "we looked like nuts [...] Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were" theguardian.com/music/201…
"fox tossing" was a favorite pastime of 18th century aristocrats. A couple would stand apart, with a length of cloth between them, and wait for a fox to be herded between them. At the right moment, they would pull the cloth tight, hurling the fox skyward. Whoever sent the fox highest, won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox…
Several significant inventions predated the wheel by thousands of years: sewing needles, woven cloth, rope, basket weaving, boats and even the flute. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Kente cloth colors and patterns have specific meanings, and is often used to make silent, but intentional statements. ultimatehistoryproject.co…
In 2010, a mother used a dish cloth to fight off a cougar that was mauling her son. She flicked the cougar on the top of the head, and it ran away. The boy needed 22 stitches to close cuts on his scalp. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
In 1625, a restoration of the Sistine Chapel was carried out by Simone Lagi, the "resident gilder", who wiped the ceiling with linen cloths and cleaned it by rubbing it with bread. His report states that the frescoes "were returned to their previous beauty without receiving any harm". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
The 29th May (also this Friday) is officially β€œPut a Pillow on Your Fridge Day”: before refrigerators were invented in the 1920s, families in Europe and the USA would place a piece of cloth on their larder for good luck once a year. daysoftheyear.com/days/pu…
In Scotland and Ireland, 29 February in a leap year is said to be the one day when a woman can propose to her partner. Finland has the same custom, with the addition that a man rejecting such a proposal was expected to buy his suitor enough cloth for a skirt as compensation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1881, a doctor discovered that a silk handkerchief in a dead man’s pocket had greatly reduced the penetration of a bullet. The doctor was fascinated and created a silk bulletproof vest with 30 layers of cloth. He stopped his research afterwards. Another man invented the vest. culture.pl/en/article/the…
The word "electricity" is derived from the Greek "elektron," meaning "amber," because it was first used to describe the effect of rubbing amber with a cloth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
During the Civil War, the workers of Manchester England voted to support the blockade, meaning they’d get no goods for their cloth factories. Lincoln sent a most eloquent Thank You letter. thewei.com/kimi/why-an-am…
The cloth of gold cone (Conus textile) is a venomous species of sea snail capable of severely stinging humans, and several deaths have been attributed to this marine gastropod. The snail's proboscis holds the harpoon-like, radular tooth which is responsible for injecting conotoxin into its prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The largest known piece of cloth made of spider silk is an 11-by-4-foot (3.4 by 1.2 m) textile with a golden tint made in Madagascar in 2009. 82 people worked for 4 years to collect over 1 million golden orb spiders and extract silk from them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Fox tossing was a popular competitive sport among European aristocracy in the 17th & 18th centuries. As the name implies, it involved using a 20 ft cloth sling to fling terrified animals 25 ft in the air. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox…
Oily rags can spontaneously self-ignite because the oil reacts with oxygen in a reaction to produce heat, and a bunched up cloth can trap the heat enough to reach ignition temperatures. hgi-fire.com/blog/fire-sa…
Charlemagne had a cloth made of asbestos and would play tricks on people at dinner because it wouldn't burn. io9.gizmodo.com/the-sordi…
The phrase "no strings attached” is directly tied to 18th century fabric merchants who would mark flaws in woven cloth by tying small strings to the bottom of the bolts at the locations where flaws were present. gingersoftware.com/conten…
In 1893, actress Georgia Cayvan was one of the first to wear a dress made of Hammesfahr glass cloth at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The NYT predicted that glass dresses would be the new fashion fad. wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgi…
It is possible to alter the shape of a human skull by binding an infants skull with cloth or wood. This practice developed in various cultures and is believed to predate written history, though it is still practiced in certain cultures today. tomboybklyn.com/the-cultu…
The Father of Microbiology was a cloth merchant who decided to use microscopes in order to better examine the quality of his wares. humanurehandbook.com/down…
Today I learned about the Baba Umer Dargah shrine in Solapur ,India, famous for it's baby throwing ritual, in which infants are dropped from a 15-meter platform onto a cloth held by both Muslim and Hindu men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Russian soldiers only recently starting wearing socks; until 2013, wrapping feet in squares of cloth - portyanki - was standard issue. theguardian.com/world/sho…
Neil Armstrong took souvenirs to the Moon. Specifically, he carried cloth and pieces of propeller from the original Wright Flyer, which Wilbur and Orville flew at Kitty Hawk. Armstrong specifically requested to take the items, and they were counted as his personal belongings. time.com/5418950/first-ma…
It's better to use your hands while showering/bathing instead of a loofah or a wash cloth. oprahmag.com/life/a258936…
Aladdin animator Randy Cartwright described working on the Magic Carpet as challenging, since it is only a rectangular shape, that expresses itself through pantomime. Cartwright kept folding a piece of cloth while animating to see how to position the Carpet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, flour manufacturers saw women turning their flour sacks into clothing, diapers, dish cloths, and more, so they started packing their flour in pretty patterns. littlethings.com/flour-sa…
Even though the wheel is often citied as man's original invention... it wasn't invented until after flutes, baskets, woven cloth, and even boats smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
, that Little Miss Muffet sat on a stool. "A tuffet, pouf (pouffe), pooffer, or hassock is a piece of furniture used as a footstool or low seat. It is distinguished from a stool in that it is completely covered in cloth so that no legs are visible, and is essentially a large hard cushion that may en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuf…
King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the Queen of Norway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Duffel bags were first made in Duffel, Belgium, from duffel cloth. The same heavy woollen cloth is used to made Duffel or Duffle coats, the toggle type fastening of which were designed to be used while wearing heavy gloves in cold weather at sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duf…
Tenter hooks were used to attach wet cloth to a device called a tenter in order to avoid the cloth shrinking while it was being dried. This gave rise to the phrase "on tenter hooks" to mean being in a state of tension or suspense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Today I learned about reusable toilet paper. Also called a β€œfamily cloth,” these washable strips of cloth are an alternative to the disposable single-use TP. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Some newer cars have problems getting through automatic washes. Issues include inability to turn engine off outside of Park, collision avoidance systems braking in front of the cloth and emergency car locking after all the keypad buttons are pressed by the wash. autoweek.com/article/car-…
The guy who wore a rainbow wig and a John 3:16 t-shirt to sporting events in the 70s and 80s, started out wearing a wig and loin cloth. He is currently serving a life sentence for kidnapping. He turned down a 12 year plea bargain in order to have a public trial and spread his message. youtu.be/m3eugHqcbi0
Sari cloth is an effective way to remove cholera from drinking water (99%, according to laboratory studies). Filtering water to free it from microorganisms is practiced among Jains to follow doctrine of non violence, preventing pain to any living creature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Because the particular cloth for a suit was "already spoken for", high-end custom-tailored clothing became known as "bespoke". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
The origins of the necktie go back to the 17th century. Louis XIII hired Croatian mercenaries who wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. The French named it "la cravate", after the Croatian word for Croats, "Hrvati", and the French word, "Croates". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
Jain monks believing in the sanctity of all life always cover their mouths with a white cloth to prevent accidentally swallowing any insects, and carry a broom to gently sweep any ant or beetle from their path jainpedia.org/themes/prac…
Chinos got their name from the Spanish who named them "pantalones chinos" (Chinese Pants) because they were made from Chinese cloth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the Queen of Norway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Pirates rarely plundered gold, silver, and jewels. Their most common plunder was trade goods such as bolts of cloth, tanned animal skins, spices, sugar, dyes, cocoa, tobacco, cotton, and wood. latinamericanhistory.abou…
Vesta Stoudt, the mother of two Navy Sailors wrote a letter to President Roosevelt explaing the way ammunition was packed often didn't work. She suggested a rippable cloth based tape, leading to the invention of duct tape. kilmerhouse.com/2012/06/t…
Marie Donovan was unhappy with the repetitive and thankless tasks of changing her daughters messy cloth diapers. Sparked by her frustrations Donovan used a sewing machine and shower curtain to create the worlds first waterproof and disposable diaper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Approximately 70 people spent four years in Madagascar collecting and handling over 1 million golden orb weaver spiders to use their silk in the production of an 11-by-4-foot (3.4-by-1.2m) "golden" embroidered cloth, the largest ever of it's kind. wired.com/2009/09/spider-…
The wheel was invented thousands of years after boats, woven cloth, rope, sewing needles, baskets and even the flute. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Every pregnant woman in Finland gets delivered a Maternity Box, which includes children's clothes and other necessary items, such as nappies, bedding, cloth, gauze towels, a blanket, crib sheets, and diapers. wikiwand.com/en/Maternity…
1.2 million golden orb spiders were individually collected to weave the largest piece of golden spider silk cloth in the world yatzer.com/Golden-Spider-…
The little square of cloth for your head on train seats is called an antimacassar, first used during the Victorian era to prevent their favourite hair product, macassar, from damaging the furniture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Astronauts discard their clothes after each use. Since it cost about $10,000 to get one pound of cargo to the ISS it is more cost effective for them to discard their cloths when they get dirty instead of wasting water by washing them. spaceflight.nasa.gov/livi…
Many of the core systems of the New York Transit system are nearly 100 years old. Vacuum tubes, cloth lines, and antiquated switch panels run one of the biggest subway systems in America. youtube.com/watch?v=Mjx3S…
Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, carried with him a piece of the cloth and wood from the original 1903 Wright Flyer. nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm
King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the Queen of Norway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Russian soldiers do not wear socks - they wrap a piece of cloth around their feet. Socks will finally be introduced by the end of this year guardian.co.uk/world/shor…
Medieval armors are ridiculously good. Even cloth armor stop arrows. Chainmail and platemail is almost 100% immune to cuts and pierces. youtu.be/ODS7ksbBRuE
'sugar tit' is a folk name for a homemade baby pacifier, sometimes a piece of cloth dipped in molasses or bound around a spoonful of sugar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sug…
Ghosts in japan use a white piece of cloth resembling a triangle. The piece of cloth had a different meaning though, being seen in old paintings, though the true meaning has been lost to time. hyakumonogatari.com/2011/…
Today I learned of how neck ties were created. King Louie XIII hied Croatian mercenary’s during the 30 year war who wore cloth around their neck. King Louie XIII like the idea so much that he made them mandatory for royal gatherings. tie-a-tie.net/the-evoluti…
The small, white pieces of cloth that are often placed on the tops of airplane and train seats are called antimacassars. They were originally designed to protect the headrest from the macassar oil that men used to style their hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Bureau of Indian Affairs still sends bolts of cloth every year to New York Indian tribes as part of the debt owed from the Treaty of Canandaigua of 1794 indiancountrytodaymediane…
The small cloth placed over the back of your chair on a plane or a train is called an 'antimacassar'. They are so named because they were originally used to protect the fabric of the chair from macassar oil; a very famous hair product in the Victorian period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Purple cloth was rare in medieval Europe partially because blue and red dyes were made by separate guilds and use of another guild's color was forbidden en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
Library books can carry bed bugs and the WSJ recommends transporting your library books in a cloth bag and then running the bag through a hot dryer for a half-hour when you get home. β€œThat will kill any bugs or eggs” mentalfloss.com/article/7…
King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the Queen of Norway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Chlorine trifluoride is a substance so flammable that an accident resulted in 900 kg burning straight through a foot of concrete and three feet of gravel. Cloth, wood, water, sand, and asbestos all make it burst into flames. The only way to stop it is to wait for it to burn itself out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chl…
In 2011, knockoff Chinese Slap Wraps were given out as a reward for fundraising to elementary school students in Florida. Eventually students removed the cloth, which covered the bracelets, to reveal racy images of women underneath. reuters.com/article/us-fl…
The lead–acid battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston PlantΓ© and is the oldest type of rechargeable battery. His early model consisted of a spiral roll of two sheets of pure lead, separated by a linen cloth and immersed in a glass jar of sulfuric acid solution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
The Danish's "Dannebrog" or 'Danish cloth' is the oldest continuing flag in use since being officially adopted in 1307. patriotwood.com/blogs/new…
India is credited with being one of the first civilizations to inoculate their children in times of pestilence to boost immunity and stop the spread of disease (1,000 years ago). They made a small incision into the child's arm, then rubbed it with Smallpox scabs and a thin cloth. video.pbs.org/video/23653…
The oldest surviving pair of cloth socks were found in Egypt were actually designed to wear with sandals. collections.vam.ac.uk/ite…
Sponges (animal) can survive being squeezed through fine cloth and are able to reassemble themselves afterwards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
Mother Teresa was known to have secretly baptized dying patients, regardless of religion. Initiates were told to put wet cloths on the patients' faces while quietly uttering the ritual's words. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
The Alaska Railroad still allows passengers to wave a white cloth along the route and the train will stop to pick them up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
The necktie originated in the 17th century, during the 30 year war in France. King Louis XIII hired Croatian mercenaries who wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform tie-a-tie.net/the-evoluti…
India has the only national flag with restrictions over its material. The hand-spun khadi cloth must be cotton, silk or wool; producing a flag without the specific khadi treading is a crime punishable of up to three years in jail and a fine. niume.com/pages/post/inde…
During the Great Depression, flour distributors printed patterns on their cloth flour sacks because people made their own clothing out of them littlethings.com/flour-sa…
King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the Queen of Norway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Jeans are dyed by immersion in a vat of reduced indigo, which is colourless. When the cloth is hung up to dry, the oxygen in the air oxidizes the pigment to indigo and the jeans turn blue. pianetachimica.it/didatti…
The Russian Army only introduced socks in 2013, before that they used Footwraps (made from cloth) which were used for tasks requiring heavy boots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
The duffel bag gets its name from the town of Duffel, Belgium, where the thick cloth used to make the bag originated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duf…
During WW1, soldiers were not issued helmets until the summer of 1915, and after nearly a million and a half were killed or wounded. Before that they wore headgear made of felt, cloth or leather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
In WWI Canadian soldiers used urine-soaked cloths as primitive respirators against chemical attacks. The ammonia in urine would react with the chlorine, neutralizing it, and that the water would dissolve the chlorine, allowing the soldiers to breathe through the gas. bbc.com/news/uk-england-o…
Today I learned of the ancient Roman cavalry standard called the draco which were made of cloth and looked like snakes when stationary. They would fully inflate to look like dragons and make hissing noises during cavalry charges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
A fly is not the zipper itself, but the flap of cloth concealing the zipper! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
Today I learned of Ashley Smith, a Canadian inmate who, despite being placed on suicide watch, was able to strangle herself with a strip of cloth. The incident had a visible impact on Canadian politics in the following years and spawned two judicial inquiries and several documentaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
In some rural areas of India, babies are thrown from the top of a 30-foot temple onto a cloth held below in a ritual believed to bring the child long life and good luck. nytimes.com/2016/07/29/wo…
The wheel was invented thousands of years after boats, woven cloth, rope, sewing needles, baskets and even the flute. smithsonianmag.com/ist/?n…
The cloth headrest/cover on a train or airline seat is called an antimacassar, and is so called as its original purpose was to prevent the macassar oil used by Victorian men as hair gel from damaging the fabric. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Cartoon sex symbol Betty Boop who frequently wore revealing cloth is supposed to be 16 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
While a crucifixion was an execution, it was also a humiliation, by making the condemned as vulnerable as possible. Although artists have traditionally depicted the figure on a cross with a loin cloth or a covering of the genitals, the person being crucified was usually stripped naked. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
The Rolls-Royce hood ornament is not an angel or a ghost, but rather a woman with cloth billowing behind her. The model for this, "Spirit of Ecstasy", was killed when her ship was sunk by a U-boat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
White Castle offers Valentine's Day dinners with red table cloths and candle light huffingtonpost.com/2012/0…
Monkeys reared with a "terry cloth mother", a wire feeding apparatus wrapped in softer terry cloth which provides a level of tactile stimulation and comfort, are considerably more emotionally stable as adults than those with a mere wire mother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Asbestos can be woven in cloth to make it semi-fireproof. Ancient kings used this in tablecloths and napkins so they could throw them in a fire after a meal and impress their guests later by pulling them out clean and intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asb…

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