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…
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…
Spitting Spiders catch their prey by spitting fluid containing both venom and spider silk that congeals on contact into a venomous and sticky mass. The spiders sway from side to side as they "spit", catching the prey in a crisscrossed "Z" pattern. The entire attack lasts 1/700th of a second. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Military scientists belive spider silk can be used to make body armor. businessinsider.com/milit…
Caddisfly larvae spin protective cases out of silk that incorporates bits of sand, gravel, twigs, or other material. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
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…
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…
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_…
An unknown species of spider constructs Stonehenge-like structures out of silk nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned about Serica, a silk-producing country in East Asia whose existence the Ancient Greek and Romans were aware of. It was probably modern northern China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Hummingbirds use spider silk when making their nests. youtu.be/MVOZ8tXl5Nc
Weaver ants (Oecophylla) direct their larvae to produce silk, which is used to bind leaves together to form water resistant nests for the colony. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
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…
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/…
Today I learned about Reasonable Blackman, a silk weaver in Tudor England who was among the earliest people of African heritage working as independent business owners in London in that era. theguardian.com/world/201…
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
In New Zealand, a species of fungus gnats known as Arachnocampa luminos exists, that spins silk nests on cave ceilings, and when prey is entangled in a snare, the larva pulls it up by ingesting the snare, and starts feeding on the prey alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
, it was a fad in the 18th century to wear fake moles or beauty marks, plaisters, to enhance appearances or to cover scars or imperfections. They were made of silk, velvet or even mouse skin. collectorsweekly.com/arti…
Thread is measured in lengths called Lea (120 yds/110 m), Hank (a length of 7 leas) and Spyndle (14,400 yards/13,200 m), and Thread (54 inches/1.4 inches). Denier refers to the weight (in g) of 9000 m of thread. A single thread of silk 9000 m long weighs about a g, so it's 1 denier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
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…
: 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/
Feeding silkworm larvae mulberry leaves sprayed with fabric dye results in the dye being transported along the biochemical pathways of the silkworm to produce a colored cocoon and colored silk fibre. gizmodo.com/silkworms-fed…
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…
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/…
There's a species of spider that breathes air, but lives its entire life underwater in diving bells made of spider silk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Div…
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…
Why abseiling spiders don't spin out of control. Spider silk is "yielding" when it is first deformed. It is both partially plastic and partially elastic right from the very first small deformation. No normal material behaves in this way, and it is very hard to explain how a material can do so. phys.org/news/2017-08-abs…
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…
Kraig Biocraft Lab found a way to use spider-silk to make bulletproof material. They took the silk proteins, stronger thank steel and Kevlar, from spiders, introduced the genetic material into the friendly, kumbaya, a super-efficient silkworm which now spins out the spider-silk! biofuelsdigest.com/bdiges…
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…
Despite being no larger than 4cm, the female Darwin's Bark Spider can create a web bridge spanning up to 75 feet across rivers by releasing several strands of silk which the wind carries to the other side. She then reinforces it, allowing her to hunt for insects flying over the river. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
The Silkie Chicken is a breed named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk and satin. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Silkworms are killed in the process of harvesting the raw silk. They are killed by boiling in order to remove the sticky substance that keeps the cocoon intact. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Today I learned about the Caterpillar Club, made up of people who have successfully used a parachute to bail out of a disabled aircraft. The names refer to the fact that the first parachutes were made of silk, with members receiving a pin in the shape of a caterpillar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
, the earliest known case of industrial espionage happened in 552 A.D. when a Roman Emperor sent two monks on a secret mission to Asia, and they came back with silkworm eggs hidden inside their bamboo walking sticks. Until then, many romans believed that silk, grew on trees in China unrv.com/economy/silk.php
It is common for spiders to eat their own web to recoup some of the energy used in spinning. The silk proteins are thus recycled, and as the web loses its stickiness the longer it hangs, a newly constructed web is most effective for catching spider food! smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Silk is a natural Protein fiber, which can be woven into textiles. The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by silkworm larvae to form cocoons. It take about 800 cocoon to produce 1kg silk, they ate 170 kg of leaves, and can make 4 M-size men T shirt. youtu.be/lqWf5QZFksg
Nylon got its name only after 400 other names were rejected. Among them: Klis (silk backwards), Nuron ("no run" backwards), and Duparooh (DuPont Pulls A Rabbit Out Of a Hat). In-house, it was known as 66 (for the 6 carbon atoms in each of the two chemical compounds that make up the fiber). northjersey.com/story/ent…
Male spiders give female spiders gifts of prey wrapped in silk to increase mating success. Wrapping the gift in silk prevents the female from stealing it without copulating and sometimes conceals that the gift is just random trash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nup…
The Pope wears red leather "papal shoes" outside, the color represents the blood of Catholic martyrs. They are not to be confused with the indoors "papal slippers", made of satin, silk and gold thread. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pap…
The hunting technique of a spider species called Scytodidae Univittata is done by spitting a fluid which solidifies on contact. That fluid contains venom and spider silk. It immobilizes and envenoms the prey. This entire attack is done within 1/700 of a second. youtu.be/qXtkDsiMU_M
Today I learned about "ballooning" - when newly-hatched spiders release fine strands of silk to catch the wind and disperse. Darwin noted spiderlings travelling like this when they landed on the Beagle - 100km from shore australianmuseum.net.au/l…
, the Beaver Club was a dining club made mostly of Montreal's retired fur-trading Barons. They'd dress in golden finery, silks, and lace and tell stories of their survival in the wilderness over a grand feast. The reenactments of their canoeing prowess were highly destructive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
In 1908 a New York Merchant named Thomas Sullivan, in an attempt to save costs, sent small samples in silk bags instead of the traditional tin to potential consumers. Some of them assumed they were used the same as the metal infusers and put the bag in the pot accidentally creating the teabag. tea.co.uk/the-history-of-…
A hummingbird uses spider silk to weave its nest together thespruce.com/all-about-h…
Spider silk (2.5–4 ΞΌm) is smaller than the size of a white bloodcell (12 - 17 Β΅m) in your body. histology.leeds.ac.uk/blo…
A silk top hat is made from hatters' plush, and it is thought that there are no looms capable of producing the traditional material any more; the last looms in Lyon were destroyed by the last owner, Nicholas Smith, after a violent breakup with his brother, Bobby Smith. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
A British woman named Phyllis Latour Doyle parachuted into occupied Normandy and knitted secret codes out of silk, which she would later translate using Morse Code equipment, to help spy on German soldiers during World War II atlasobscura.com/articles…
Sea silk is a highly prized unique material made from Mediterranean clams. The only person who knows the ancient craft is an elderly Italian woman. bbc.com/news/magazine-336…
Venice was the 2nd largest city in Europe at the end of the 15th century & the wealthiest in the world due to producing armor, glass, jewelry, silk & ships en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Scientists have created genetically modified goats that create spider silk in their milk. Large quantities of spider silk can be farmed for use in such applications as replacement ligaments and bullet proof vests. phys.org/news/2010-05-sci…
Black Widow spider silk was used in WWII to create cross hairs in rifle scopes and periscopes. owlcation.com/stem/The-pa…
During WWII women transitioned into using razors to shave their legs due to a Nylon and Silk shortage caused by the war. owlcation.com/humanities/…
Spiders can detect and use earth's electric field to take off miles in the air by "ballooning" - in which they climb to an exposed point, raise their abdomens to the sky, extrude strands of silk, and float away. theatlantic.com/science/a…
A company in Montreal successfully generated artificial spider silk using genetically modified goats that produce the protein in their milk bbc.com/news/av/science-e…
There is a breed of chicken called "Silkie" named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk and satin. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four. The black en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The ancient Silk Road was not just one road but made up of many branches. One branch may have even reached the heights of Tibet scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned that the Giant Silk Moth (the largest moth in North America) doesn’t have a functioning mouth or digestive system. It is born, tries to mate, and dies of starvation. cbc.ca/news/canada/london…
A man swore to never shave again if Abraham Lincoln were elected president, and kept his promise. His beard eventually grew so long that most days he tied it in a knot and stuffed it into a silk bag that he wore beneath his vest. He died 50 years later at the age of 80 with a beard 12.5' long. lukebauserman.com/theweek…
Today I learned of Chiara Vigo, who is the only person alive who knows how to make silk from the highly endangered Noble Pen Shell clam bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
The Book of Mormon suggests that there were donkeys, cattle, horses, oxen, sheep, pigs, goats, elephants, wheat, barley, figs, silk, steel, brass, scimitars, and chariots in Pre-Columbian America. None of them existed in America before Columbus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Corn is a monoecious plant, meaning that it grows male and female flowers from the same plant. The male flowers are called the tassel while the female flowers are the ears with corn silk homeguides.sfgate.com/sep…
A Chrysalis and a Cocoon aren't the same thing. A Butterfly Caterpillar makes a Chrysalis by hardening its own skin while a Moth Caterpillar makes a cocoon from debris and its own silk! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pup…
In order to prevent Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht from deleting or encrypting his hard drive during his arrest at a public library, agents pretended to be quarreling lovers to distract him, at which point a USB drive was inserted that cloned his hard drive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Ross Ulbricht, the creator and operator of the Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
There are goats that have had spider genes mixed with their DNA so their milk produces spider silk. bbc.com/news/av/science-e…
Today I learned of Chiara Vigo, the last seamstress of "Sea Silk", one of the rarest and most coveted materials in the world. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
Archduke Franz Ferdinand owned an early version of a bulletproof vest made from silk. Despite modern tests indicating that a bullet of the era would have been stopped by it, and Ferdinand knowing that there was a threat to his well-being, he did not wear the vest on the fateful day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Today I learned about Jim Thompson, an American who helped revitalize the Thai silk industry in the 50s. He disappeared mysteriously while visiting the Cameron Highlands in 1967. Not a single clue has turned up to what might have happened to him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
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-…
In 1927, dancer Isadora Duncan died, when the silk scarf she was wearing got tangled in the rear axle of the convertible she was riding in, pulling her from the car. One newspaper reported that she had worn the red scarf since she had taken up communism. history.com/this-day-in-h…
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 Romans loved Chinese silk so much that the Senate banned its wearing by men in 14 A.D. It was hurting the economy as way too much silk was being imported and not enough of other stuff, like iron.ο»Ώ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Mollusk teeth are made of the strongest biological material in nature. At 5 times stronger than spider silk, a spaghetti-sized strand can hold the weight of an adult female hippopotamus. washingtonpost.com/news/m…
In 1904, tea bags were invented accidentally. The inventor, Thomas Sullivan, decided that it was cheaper to send small samples to potential customers in silk bags instead of boxes. The recipients believed they were meant to be dunked and soon Sullivan was flooded with orders for his β€œtea bags”. tea.co.uk/the-history-of-…
Spider Silk is so strong it has been theorized by scientists that a single strand the width of a pencil could stop a Boeing 747 in mid flight chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/spide…
Severed neurons can regrow along a filament of spider silk, back to the area where they were severed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nep…
Kit-Kat made an edible 24-karat gold leaf–enrobed Kit Kat bar flavoured with rare Feng Huang Dan Cong Oolong tea and sold wrapped in silk. $88 bucks. nuvomagazine.com/palate/2…
Freckles, a goat in Utah, was implanted with spider genes as an embryo to produce spider silk protiens in her milk which is used to make "biosteel," a material stronger than kevlar. theguardian.com/science/2…
In the 1800's the British actively pushed addictive Opium on the Chinese population to balance a trade deficit. China would only trade silver for tea and silk and the Brits were going broke. Solution: sell drugs... and it worked! bbc.co.uk/history/0/20428…
"Spider Goats" are a thing. Since farming spiders for silk isn't ideal, scientists spliced silk spider genes into goats. This new goat can then produces silk out of its utter with its milk. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Ross Ulbricht, the convicted leader of Silk Road, a marketplace for drugs, ordered and paid for the murders of five people freeross.org/wp-content/u…
It is common for spiders to eat their own web daily to reuse the silk proteins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Winston Churchill wore underwear made of, in his wife's words, β€œvery finely woven silk (pale pink)… from the Army and Navy stores and cost the eyes out of his head.” as therapeutic measure towards persistent skin problems. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
Albert Einstein would appear to women in a silk bathrobe where it would "accidentally" pop open. He would then make a move depending on the woman's reaction.[30:04] biography.com/people/albe…
A geneticist at Utah State University has created "spider-goats." He took the gene that encodes dragline silk from an orb-weaver spider and placed it among the DNA that prompts milk production in a goat's udders. The silk produced is stronger than Kevlar and is suitable for ligament repairs. theguardian.com/science/2…
After a male Darwin's bark spider fertilizes a female, he plugs up the female's genitals with a mating plug. Using silk, the female traps the male so that he's stuck to her genitals, saving him for when she's hungry. huffingtonpost.ca/the-nat…
Maps were printed on silk and hidden in Monopoly playing pieces. The boards were marked with a tiny red dot on the Free Parking space so the POW's knew to look for these maps and compasses. Many POW's used these to successfully escape during WWII. snopes.com/fact-check/war…
In the 18th century People wore fake moles (or "beauty patches") made of velvet, silk, or mouse skin as a fashion statement stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/…
A city in India began distributing free condoms as part of a family planning effort, but demand skyrocketed after weavers discovered they could use the condoms to lubricate their silk looms. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
A goat in Utah was implanted with spider genes as an embryo to produce spider silk proteins in her milk which is used to make "bio-steel", a material which is stronger than Kevlar. theguardian.com/science/2…
A single spider can produce 7 different types of silk, which they utilize for constructing different parts of the web, egg sacs, and capturing/wrapping prey (infographic including in comments) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
By most measures, spider silk is NOT stronger than steel. phys.org/news/2013-06-spi…
In 2013 two FBI agents posed as quarreling lovers to distract Ross William Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) with the goal of copying data from Ulbricht's computer, before it could be removed or hidden, used to run Silk Road, an online black market using Bitcoin as its primary currency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
French poet GΓ©rard de Nerval supposedly took a lobster on walks in the Palais Royal gardens in Paris on the end of a blue silk ribbon, saying "they are peaceful, serious creatures. They know the secrets of the sea, they don't bark, and they don't gnaw upon one's monadic privacy like dogs do." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
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…
In 1904, tea bags were invented accidentally. The inventor, Thomas Sullivan, decided that it was cheaper to send small samples to potential customers in silk bags instead of boxes. The recipients believed they were meant to be dunked and soon Sullivan was flooded with orders for his β€œtea bags”. tea.co.uk/the-history-of-…
Albert Einstein had a silk bathrobe that he'd "accidentally" let open in front of certain women -- He'd make a move based on their reaction. biography.com/people/albe…

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