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…
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/
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…
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…
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…
A 9,000-meter strand of silk weighs about one gram. enwild.com/videos/fabric-…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
The us miltary is trying to use spider silk to maje bullet proof vests businessinsider.com/the-u…
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…
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/…
Sea Silk, one of the rarest fabrics in the world, is secreted by Pen Shell mollusks to attach themselves to rocks or the seafloor. When harvested from these mollusks and woven into thin fibers the silk is even lighter and smoother than conventional silk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Dancer Isadora Duncan was strangled in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she was wearing got tangled in the rear hubcaps of her open car in 1927. clickamericana.com/topics…
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…
- 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/…
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…
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…
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…
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_…
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…
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/…
: 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/
An unknown species of spider constructs Stonehenge-like structures out of silk nationalgeographic.com/ne…
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
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
, 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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