"Puce" is French for "flea" and represents the dark reddish stain left when a blood-gorged flea is crushed against linen. It was a favorite color of Marie Antoinette. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puc…
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…
When King Charles II of Navarre was sick, his doctor ordered him to be wrapped in linen that was soaked in brandy. One of the female attendants of the palace accidentally set the linen on fire, burning the King alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In the Torah there is a type of law known as "chukim," or a statute beyond mans ability to comprehend. An example of this is the restriction of fabrics containing both wool and linen, for which no explanation is given. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
The cornerstone of the US Atomic Energy Commission headquarters contains a time capsule. Inside the capsule are (among other items) scraps of linen from the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were authenticated by carbon-dating & included as evidence of atomic science's non-violent benefits to society public-blog.nrc-gateway.g…
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…
Hotels use RFID chips to track their towels and linens. One hotel in Hawaii saved over $15000 in stolen towels using the RFID chips newsfeed.time.com/2011/04…
Alexander the Great's army conquered the world while wearing armor made of linen that could stop any arrow made at the time. newyorker.com/books/joshu…
Today I learned about New Zealand flax. Not related to flax that linen traditionally comes from (see also flax/linseed oil), but used for textiles of the area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Today I learned of the Ortolan, a bird and strange French delicacy. The tiny birds were captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in brandy. Then, they were roasted whole and eaten that way, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Richard Jenkins, the actor who played John C Reilly's father in "Step Brothers" used to drive a linen truck for a living. His boss was John Reilly. John C Reilly's real-life father. npr.org/templates/transcr…
Certain cheeses smell like feet, due to the bacteria used in the starter culture. The bacterium used to create Limburger cheese is Brevibacterium linens, the same bacteria responsible for human body odor! wonderopolis.org/wonder/w…
In Tudor times white linen were a sign of wealth... and if you couldn't afford buying them pre-bleached, you would bleach them yourself using... human urine. onthetudortrail.com/Blog/…
Best Actor Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins, who played the dad in Step Brothers, drove a linen truck before becoming an actor. His boss was John C. Reilly's father. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
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…
Today I learned of the tradition of French gourmets eating the Ortolan bunting (small bird): "captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnac. Roasted whole and eaten, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas and, some believe, to hide from God." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
After death, Jewish tradition requires that the body be wrapped in a plain linen shroud, and that their clothing and coffin be simple, so that a poor person does not receive less honor in death than a rich person. jewfaq.org/death.htm
The bacterium Brevibacterium linens is responsible for the smell of many blue cheeses, as well as foot odor and other human body odors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Because the host is so important during Catholic communion, if it falls on the ground, the priest or deacon must eat it right away. If it's too dirty, it is protected until the end of mass in white linen, then dissolved in water and poured directly onto the Earth so it will not go to the sewer. holyspiritinteractive.net…
Linen is made from flaxseed. It is one of the first to be domesticated by man and it was used to wrap Egyptian mummies. heirloom-organics.com/gui…
Most Ancient Greek Armor was made of Linen. Why go to war, archaeologists have wondered, in what looks to be a linen minidress? newyorker.com/books/joshu…
The original predecessor for the helicopter was the Aerial Screw. It was invented by Leonardo and was 15 feet wide made of linen and reed. It is thought to have been too heavy to actually take flight. da-vinci-inventions.com/a…
The men who belong to Olga Berluti's Swann Club polish their shoes with Venetian linen dipped in Dom PΓ©rignon and expose them to the light of the quarter moon. Berluti explains: "The moon gives transparency to leather. The sun burns; the moon burnishes." ngm.nationalgeographic.co…
In ancient Rome members of different social classes were distinguished by their tunics. For example, plebeians wore tunics made of low-quality, coarse fabric, whereas patricians wore tunics made of linen or wool. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Linen and linseed oil come from the same plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
, Condoms during the Renaissance period were made out of not only linen but also out of animal bladder and intestine which only went over the glans of the penis, and were held on with a ribbon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The color puce is said to be the color of bloodstains left on linens from fleas' droppings. Puce is French for flea. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
The cornerstone of the US Atomic Energy Commission headquarters contains a time capsule. Inside the capsule are (among other items) scraps of linen from the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were authenticated by carbon-dating & included as evidence of atomic science's non-violent benefits to society public-blog.nrc-gateway.g…
U. S. paper money is actually not paper at all – it’s cloth (75% cotton and 25% linen fibers). In the 1700's, people would repair their torn or frayed bills with a needle and thread. reliancebankstl.com/10-fu…
Orthdox Jews take their new clothing to a laboratory to be examined under microscope for the presence of shatnez, the mixture of linen and wool. If found, those sections must be cut out, or the garments cannot be worn. Many new clothes now boast a "shatnez free" label to appeal to consumers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Paper currency is made of linen and cotton madehow.com/Volume-3/Pape…
Australians call linen, bedding and towels 'manchester' collinsdictionary.com/dic…
United States currency paper is 25 percent linen. bep.gov/hmimpaperandink.h…
The words Line, Lining, Lingerie and more are derived from Linen, based on the Latin/Greek word for Flax (linum/linon) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
The practice of "Bundling" was used in Colonial America to discourage sexual conduct during courtship by wrapping each person in linen, sometimes with a board between them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bun…
... Back in the late 1800's, people used to use Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful geyser as a laundry to wash their clothes. Linens and fabrics were reported to be unharmed during the eruption, but woolen clothes were torn to shreds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
The US Government prints 26 million banknotes a day, at an average cost of 9.6Β’ apiece, and that today's "paper" money is 75% cotton and 25% linen graphicartsmag.com/articl…
A group of students at U of W Green Bay successfully recreated and field tested the "linothorax" or linen armor worn by Alexander the Great's army. uwgb.edu/aldreteg/Linotho…
Linen is made from flax fibers and not cotton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
U.S. "paper" currency is not made from trees. It's a proprietary blend of cotton and linen free of wood fibers or starch. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/moolah/…
There is a tiny bird which is captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnacβ€”were roasted whole and eaten that way, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas and, some believe, to hide from God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
The company "Linens 'n Things" no longer operates any physical stores... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
The only known Etruscan language book is written on linen and was discovered as the wrapping of an Egyptian mummy. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L…
Early condoms were made of linen, leather, or oiled paper, among other things. classroom.synonym.com/ori…
In America in 1800's, several shiploads of Egyptian mummies were imported and unwrapped so that the linen rags could be used to make paper. Mummy corpses were also ground up and used in pharmaceuticals. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…
The word 'line' comes from linen thread being used to determine a straight line google.co.th/url?sa=t&…
Old Faithful, the massive geyser in Yellowstone National Park, has been used for cleaning clothes. People would put them into the crater and wait for eruption, noting that while 'linen and cotton fabrics were uninjured by the action of the water, woolen clothes were torn to shreds'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…

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