The snow scene in The Wizard of Oz (1939) used Industrial Grade Asbestos as Snow. Cotton was used as fake snow until the 1920s, but was considered a fire hazard. Firefighters recommended using Asbestos because it was fire retardant. northstarenvironmental.co…
Today I learned about a case report on a 19 year old wrestler who died after losing 9 pounds in 8.5 hours by exercising vigorously in a hot environment wearing a vapour-impermeable suit under a cotton warm-up suit. He resumed exercising 2 hours after the weight loss and died from cardiac arrest an hour later. cmaj.ca/content/158/9/117…
Ringo Starr contracted tuberculosis as a child and was admitted to a sanatorium for two years. During his stay the staff made an effort to stimulate motor activity and relieve boredom by giving him a makeshift mallet made from a cotton bobbin that he used to strike the cabinets next to his bed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
US cotton exports were so cheap and competitive that they bankrupted the Egyptian economy back in the 1800s smithsonianmag.com/histor…
General Grant expelled all Jews from Union - occupied parts of TN, KY, and MS based on the belief that they were all involved in black market cotton. calendar.eji.org/racial-i…
Cotton candy was invented by a dentist nationalgeographic.com/cu…
Jeans were originally dyed blue with a natural indigo dye, which was chosen for the way it interacted with cotton. When heated, most dyes penetrate cotton fibers but indigo dye attaches to the fibers' surface. Some of the molecules escape over time, giving jeans the signature faded look. businessinsider.com/why-j…
Cotton balls in pill bottles don’t preserve quality or freshness in any wayβ€”and, in fact, they might have the opposite effect. rd.com/article/cotton-bal…
Cotton candy was invented by a dentist nationalgeographic.com/cu…
Today I learned about the "Chartaline blanket" invented in Manchester, England. The Victorian poor would take cotton batting and layer it between paper to create a paper blanket. paperspast.natlib.govt.nz…
Union Major-General Ulysses S. Grant expelled all Jews from his military district because he wanted to stop illicit trading of Southern cotton. Jews were rounded up, treated roughly, and forced to leave Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee by foot. He claimed it was done without prejudice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Besides white, cotton can grow in shades of green, blue, red, brown, and tan southernexposure.com/cott…
Sumo wrestlers must wear traditional dress when in public: the lower-ranked wrestlers wear only a thin cotton robe, even in winter, and wear wooden sandals; those ranked higher wear a short overcoat over their robe, and may wear straw sandals; and the highest-ranked wear quality silk robes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
Today I learned of Alice Barker a chorus line dancer in Harlem Renaissance in the 30s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, The Zanzibar Club, and Broadway. IN 2015 the bedridden 102 lady got a visit from Volunteers showing videos of her young self dancing in films which she never seen before. abcnews.go.com/US/102-yea…
Today I learned of Nadia ComΔƒneci. She became the first gymnast to receive a perfect score at the Olympics, at 14 years old in '76. The song "Cotton's Dream" was used often by Roger Riger to playback Nadia's performances. The song became a hit in '76 & the composers changed the song's title to "Nadia's Theme". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nad…
Today I learned about Ashley's Sack. Ashley, a slave, was sold at nine years old. Her mother provided a cotton sack as a parting gift. Telling her "it be filled with my love always", it contained a tattered dress, a handful of pecans, and a braid of her mother's hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
In 1860, Mississippi was by far the richest state in the union. So much wealth was being produced in the state from cotton that there were more millionaires per capita in Mississippi than in any other state in the US. unpaidlabor.com/blog/entr…
Two weeks after South Carolina seceded from the Union New York City's Mayor proposed secession as well in order to continue its extraordinarily lucrative cotton trade with the seceded South. historynet.com/new-york-c…
Stephen King would do so much cocaine he had to stuff cotton up his nose to stop blood from dripping on his typewriter. detoxtorehab.com/celebrit…
The common phrase for the worst betrayal, "Sold Down The River," originates from the experience of slaves who were torn from family and friends, literally sold and sent south on the Mississippi to a fate worse than imaginable picking cotton. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
Although canvas is usually made of cotton or linen today, historically it was made from hemp. This explains its similarity to the word cannabis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned about cotton candy grapes; a type of grape that tastes like cotton candy. Created by David Cain, the cotton candy grape was made by breeding plants. He grew 100,000 test tube plants before getting the perfect cotton candy grape. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
, there are grapes flavored like cotton candy. David Cain created the unique flavor through plant breeding in 2011. He bred 1,000 plants before perfecting the cotton candy flavor. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Cotton Candy is called Fairy Floss in Australia grunge.com/54701/untold-t…
Helly Juell Hansen was a Norwegian captain that first produced clothes in 1877 to protect his crew against the harsh Nordic weather. His revolutionary new product infused linseed oil into cotton fabric. 141 years later, in 2018 the company was sold to Canadian Tire for $985 million. hellyhansen.com/about-us/…
The Cotton Gin got its name from the portmanteau of "Cotton" and "Engine" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
Experiments found that the colors of light reflected on crops while growing can affect their products: tomatoes grown over red mulch had 20% higher yield, carrots grown over yellow mulch had higher concentrations of beta carotene, "far-red" light increased the lengths of cotton fibers, and more. agresearchmag.ars.usda.go…
During WWI, cotton was in high demand for the manufacture of uniforms and explosives. For bandages, doctors turned to using sphagnum moss. It can hold up to 22 times its own weight in liquid -- twice as absorptive as cotton. The moss is also antiseptic, making the surrounding environment acidic smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Cotton was originally placed in pill bottles to keep the pills from breaking during transport. But nowadays, pills are coated and the cotton is not needed, but most companies still put the cotton in because consumers expect it. businessinsider.com/why-h…
There is such thing as Cotton Candy grapes that legitimately taste like cotton candy and involves no genetic engineering or artificial flavors npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
It's possible to measure if you are a super-taster by counting the small bumps on your tongue called fungiform papillae. Using blue food coloring, cotton swabs, wax paper, and a magnifying glass, if you find more than 30 papillae within a small area then you are probably a super-taster. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Due to expensive boll weevil infestations it's illegal to grow cotton in a garden or as a houseplant in most southern states. States spend millions to keep them at bay. tomorrowsgarden.net/conte…
When jeans are dyed, the indigo doesn’t penetrate the cotton. This allows it to chip away over time and create a unique fade to every pair bbc.com/news/magazine-171…
The Confederate states tried to win British recognition by leveraging the importance of their cotton crop to Britain, but this failed as Albanian-ruled Egypt, inspired by Napoleon, had cultivated enough cotton to fill the gap. This cotton wealth kept them in power even during British invasions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In Sikhism, the five Ks are five items that Guru Gobind Singh commanded Khalsa Sikhs to wear at all times in 1699: Kesh (uncut hair), Kangha (a wooden comb for the hair), Kara (an iron bracelet), Kachera (100% cotton tieable undergarment), Kirpan (an iron dagger large enough to defend oneself) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Japan's largest Yakuza group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, holds an annual Halloween party for neighborhood children in Kobe. "Not only were the decorations great and the gift bags full of tasty stuff, there were two big lines for cotton candy. And the gangsters were super nice." japansubculture.com/the-y…
Cotton Mather, one of the puritans behind the Salem Witch Trials, was also a scientist who promoted inoculation during the smallpox outbreak, even receiving a London prize for his work americanheritage.com/when…
Q-Tips have a warning on their cotton swabs, to not put them in your ears, though most people do anyway. wbur.org/commonhealth/201…
In the 1500s, Incas had cotton armor so densely woven it could repel spears and arrows almost as well as metal armor pintsofhistory.com/2011/0…
Wool is not antimicrobial: In fact, wool supports more bacteria than cotton, polyester or nylon. However, the odor intensity of bacteria living in wool is lower than bacteria that reside in other textiles. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Rednex's album Sex & Violins, best known for the hit single "Cotton Eye Joe", has a track with a 52-word title en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
A cotton shopping bag must be used at least 131 times to have less impact on the environment than single-use bags. marketwatch.com/story/are…
Cotton is native to both the Old and New Worlds, but while cotton fibers occur naturally in colors of white, brown, pink and green, fears of contaminating the genetics of white cotton have led many cotton-growing locations to ban the growing of colored cotton varieties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
Cotton Candy was invented in 1897 by dentist, William Morrison nationalgeographic.com/cu…
$1 coins exists but have not gained popularity due to it weighing more than a $1 bill. Adoption would save taxpayers $4.4 billion due to its durability over paper/cotton bills. cnn.com/2013/11/28/us/one…
The Bt cotton acreage has risen by 5,200 per cent in 16 years in Rayagada, Odisha. The result: this biodiversity hotspot, is seeing an alarming ecological shift and becoming a monoculture ruralindiaonline.org/arti…
The famous character BETTY BOOP was based on Helen Kane's real voice & appearance, but she based HER jazz act & routine after a little Black girl called "Baby Esther" when the child performed at The Cotton Club in Harlem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
A female serial killer named "Phantom of Heilbronn" was linked to 40 crimes, six of which were murders. In 2009 it was discovered that she didn't exist and her DNA was simply contamination from the cotton swabs used at the crime scenes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pha…
Exploding Billiard Balls Were An Everyday Thing. When they stopped making billiard balls out ivory they tried making them out of gun cotton. It was very common for balls to explode when they struck each other. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Cotton balls aren't made of cotton. Despite their name, most modern cotton balls are made out of cheaper, bleached synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…

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