The infamous willow tree from the movie My Girl (1991) was in fact fake. It was built using an oak tree with metal extensions and then covered in $15,000 worth of silk willow leaves. mknstuf.com/gallery/vdqxw…
Islam prohibits Muslim men from wearing anything made of gold or silk, only women are allowed to wear those theislamicinformation.com…
The cravat originated in Croatia. The French army enlisted Croatian mercerneries who tied/knotted cloth around their necks with linen, silks or other fabric. The word comes from the French mispronounciation of the word "croate", meaning Croatian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The Patella Vulgata Limpets tongue is covered with teeth it uses to scrape food off rocks and into their mouths, often swallowing particles of rock in the process. Researchers found the teeth to be stronger than spider silk, as well as all but the very strongest of man-made materials. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Actor Robert Mitchum proposed to his wife by saying "Stick with me, kid, and you'll be farting through silk." Their marriage lasted 57 years. theguardian.com/books/200…
Hummingbird nests are the smallest in the world. Most species of hummingbirds weave spider silk into the nest for structural support and to make it more elastic to accommodate the offspring as they grow. Often lichen will be attached to the outside of the nest for camouflage. wildbirdscoop.com/humming…
The Samurai fled to California and founded a colony in 1869. The Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony is believed to be the first permanent settlement and the only settlement by samurai outside of Japan. It was founded by Japanese (mainly Samurai) immigrants fleeing the Samurai's disbanding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wak…
Today I learned about the fascinating research being done in biotechnology in the use of spider silk. 5 times stronger than steel and ultra light the possibilities in uses are vast. There exists a spider goat born by gene splicing in labs that has spider genes and can produce silk in its milk. singularityhub.com/2019/0…
In Bhutan, the colour of the silk scarf (kabney) worn by men is determined by rank and social class: saffron for the king and chief abbot, orange for ministers, red for the royal family, green for judges, blue for members of parliament, white with red stripes for mayors, and white for commoners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kab…
The dress worn by Katrina at the end of Sleepy Hollow (1999) was just a white silk dress drawn on with magic marker to give it its black stripes. costumersguide.com/sleepy…
On Boz Scaggs' 1975 album Silk Degrees, 5 of the 10 songs were co-written by David Paich from Toto including the two biggest hits, Lowdown and Lido Shuffle, and he and fellow Toto bandmate Jeff Porcaro, and Porcaro's father Joe, all performed on the album. But, Toto didn't form until 1977. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The Japanese Company Spiber Inc. has managed to produce synthetic protein-based fibers similar to spider silk for use in textiles and other materials. fiberjournal.com/a-strang…
Archaeologists date meditation back to as early as 5000 BCE and the practice itself has religious ties in ancient Egypt and China, as well as Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. The practice began to spread around the world through the Silk Road around about 5th or 6th century BCE time.com/4246928/meditati…
Scientists managed to mix goats with spider silk genes and now they can produce spider silk in their milk. bbc.com/news/av/science-e…
Two men led a team of 80 people to collect over 1.2 million golden orb spiders, milk them for their silk, and create the rarest textile on earth: a golden silk cape mymodernmet.com/simon-pee…
Gypsy Moths aren't native to North America. They were brought here by an artist who wanted to breed a more hardy silk worm. It has no natural enemies in North America and Defoliates over a million acres a year. fyi.extension.wisc.edu/gy…
The Ancient Mongol Warriors were said to have worn silk vests, as an arrow hitting silk does not break the silk but ends up embedding the arrow in the flesh wrapped in silk, allowing the arrow to be removed by gently teasing the silk open. blog.patra.com/2014/05/29…
China's Hongzhi Emperor (r. 1487-1505) used toilet paper made of silk. When he discovered that palace maids collected his used toilet paper to make curtains, he stopped using silk toilet paper - but this led to the unemployment of some silkworm farmers, so he went back to using silk toilet paper mdhist.com/emperor/3950/
Guerrillero Heroico, the iconic photo of revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, has been reproduced more than any other image in photography. Versions of it have been painted, printed, digitized, embroidered, tattooed, silk-screened, sculpted or sketched on nearly every surface imaginable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gue…
Silk from Atypus spiders were used as bandages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aty…
Afghanistan shares a 46-mile border with China. Marco Polo used it in his Silk Road travels. It's rumored to have a fort Alexander the Great was not able to conquer, and it has one of the largest untouched copper mines in the world. insider.com/afghanistan-c…
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…
Corn Silk, the fibers that grow on corn flowers, are each linked to a single kernel. A full corn means every fiber was pollinized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Prof Randy Lewis shows Adam Rutherford genetically modified goats at a farm at Utah State University, US, which produce large quantities of a spider silk that is among the strongest substances known to man. bbc.co.uk/news/av/science…
After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart started her own fashion line. Unconventional materials such as parachute silk and textile from airplane wings were used in some designs, and she gave a nod to her love of aviation with buttons shaped like propellers. history.com/news/amelia-e…
The Niō (Kongōrikishi) guardians of the Buddha are believed to have been derived from the image of the Greek Hero Heracles, whose image traveled along the silk road as far as Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nio…
Under Islamic sumptuary laws based upon teachings in the Quran and Hadith, men are exhorted not to wear silk clothes or gold jewelry. These rules do not apply to women, who are allowed all this, but also need to cover their bodies and faces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
The us miltary is trying to use spider silk to maje bullet proof vests businessinsider.com/the-u…
A 9,000-meter strand of silk weighs about one gram. enwild.com/videos/fabric-…
A Utah State University professor engineered goats that have two key genes that allow a spider to weave their silk inserted into their genetic code. The result is goats that produce milk that contain spider silk proteins. ksl.com/article/46307767/…
Today I learned of the Silkie, a breed of chicken named for its fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk and satin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The Kaaba πŸ•‹ in the Great Mosque of Mecca is black because it's covered with a giant silk shroud called the kiswah. It's made with 670 kgs of black silk, embroidered with 15 kg of gold thread, and costs $4.5 million to make. It's also replaced every year by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kis…
Weaver ants have it’s the insect version of squeezing glue from a bottle. An adult weaver holds a silk-producing larva in its jaws, spreading the larva’s sticky secretions to bind leaves for the colony nest. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Scientists genetically modified goats to spin spider silk from their udders at University of Wyoming. These goats had a gene transplanted in them. The transplanted gene meant the goats produced milk containing an extra protein, which is extracted and spun into spider silk thread. phys.org/news/2010-05-sci…
In the early 1970s, Faith Ringgold abandoned traditional oils for painting in acrylic on unstretched canvas with fabric borders, a technique evoking Tibetan thangkas (silk paintings with embroidery). Ringgold's painted narrative quilts grew out of these early paintings artsy.net/artist/faith-ri…
Sea silk is an extremely fine, rare, and valuable fabric made from the long silky filaments which are secreted by a gland in the foot of a clam (Pinna nobilis) to anchor itself to the ocean floor. The material has been used since ancient times by Greek, Roman and Chinese cultures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
: A Chinese mining company and the Afghan government is going to destroy Mes Anyak, a 5,000 year-old Bronze age site and 2,000 year-old Buddhist Silk Road city. savingmesaynak.com/
Military scientists belive spider silk can be used to make body armor. businessinsider.com/milit…
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…
A French writer had a pet lobster he would take for walks in Paris. He used a blue silk ribbon as a leash. He called them β€œpeaceful, serious creatures” and that they didn’t β€œbark” or β€œgnaw upon one's monadic privacy” like dogs did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GΓ©r…
In 552AD two monks successfully smuggled silkworm eggs in their walking sticks from China to the Byzantine Empire, essentially ending the silk monopolies of China and Persia, and bringing silk manufacture to Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smu…
- Corn silk or ovules are crucial to the growth of kernels. Each kernel has one piece of silk and when the silk is fertilized by a grain of pollen it grows. On average 1000 ovules form per ear and 400 to 600 will survive until harvested. agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/…
Terry Gilliam's movie version of Watchmen was going to end with Doctor Manhattan going back in time to save himself from becoming Doctor Manhattan. Causing Rorschach, Nite Owl, and Silk Spectre to be transported to an alternate universe where The Watchmen only exist in comic form io9.gizmodo.com/this-is-t…
Today I learned about Spider goats. Basically they are goats that have the spider gene in them, this will enable them to produce the spider silk (which is 5 times stronger than steel) which the farmers obtain via the goat milk. youtu.be/B0zT9CN3-50
Condoms were used internationally for hundreds of years, in China, oiled silk paper was the material of choice, while the Japanese favored tortoise shell we Brits opted for animal intestine... maxim.com/.amp/maxim-man/…
Mark Twain wore a signature white suit most of his life but in his autobiography he said β€œI would like to dress in a loose and flowing costume made all of silks and velvets, resplendent with all the stunning dyes of the rainbow, and so would every sane man I have ever known...” marktwainproject.org/xtf/…
Hummingbirds use spider silk to build nests. The unique properties of the silk allow the nest to expand as the young hummingbirds grow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Caddisfly larvae spin protective cases out of silk that incorporates bits of sand, gravel, twigs, or other material. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
The Chinese besieged Alexandria Eschate, on of the cities that Alexander the Great had founded during his campaign. The city was attacked by the order of the emperor Wu Han in 102 B.C. and its capture stabilized Chinese expansion in the West contributing to opening up the Silk Road later on. everipedia.org/wiki/lang_…
Today I learned about "spider goats", which are goats that have been given spider silk-spinning genes so that they produce a protein in their milk that can be extracted to produce silk. phys.org/news/2010-05-sci…

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