The term 'tarp' is short for 'Tarpaulin', a heavy-duty waterproof cloth, originally of tarred canvas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The first national lottery was in 1597. To encourage people to play all ticket holders were promised freedom from arrest for all crimes other than murder, felonies, piracy or treason. The prize was Β£5000 paid part in money and part in plate, tapestries and β€˜good linen cloth’. todayinbritishhistory.com…
The phrase 'to wipe the slate clean', can be traced back to when school children used a dampened cloth or sponge to clean their writing slate. The phrase is still used to mean to make a new start, or to forget the things that have gone before. objectlessons.org/childho…
The phrase 'to be on tenterhooks' originates from the process of drying cloth under tension on wooden tenter frames. The cloth was held in place on tenterhooks. The phrase means to be tense or anxious. bbc.co.uk/ahistoryofthewo…
Those who carry the coffin at a funeral are called β€œPallbearers” because the cloth that covers the coffin is called a β€œPall”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
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…
The War on Calico Cloth started in 17th Century France with penalties for possession ranging from imprisonment to years as a galley slave, and even death for smuggling vpostrel.com/articles/bef…
Skull elongation was a practice of the Mangbetu people of Central Africa. They would wrap babies' heads with cloth shortly after birth to achieve this look. Brain development was not usually affected by this practice. historydaily.org/mangbetu…
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…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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/…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Kente cloth colors and patterns have specific meanings, and is often used to make silent, but intentional statements. ultimatehistoryproject.co…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
Russian soldiers only recently starting wearing socks; until 2013, wrapping feet in squares of cloth - portyanki - was standard issue. theguardian.com/world/sho…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
It's better to use your hands while showering/bathing instead of a loofah or a wash cloth. oprahmag.com/life/a258936…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
, 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…
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…
The wheel was invented thousands of years after boats, woven cloth, rope, sewing needles, baskets and even the flute. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
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…

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