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/
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…
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…
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 of the Giant Silkworm Caterpillar aka the Assassin Caterpillar. While not technically a caterpillar, the larvae of the Giant Silkworm moth is one of the most deadly insects in the world. When touched it administers venom that would cause a human extreme agony and to bleed out within 15hrs. bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s…
, 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
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
Two Christian monks smuggled silkworms out of China in bamboo canes. Those silkworms were used to give the Byzantine Empire a trade monopoly in Europe, which became the foundation of their economy for the next 650 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smu…
Two Christian monks smuggled silkworms out of China in bamboo canes. Those silkworms were used to give the Byzantine Empire a trade monopoly in Europe, which became the foundation of their economy for the next 650 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smu…
When Leopold Trouvelot was attempting to breed a better silkworm using Gypsy moths, several of the moths escaped from his home, and within ten years, the insect had denuded the vegetation in the neighborhood, and that's how the Gypsy moth infestation across North-Eastern America began. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lym…
Two Christian monks smuggled silkworms out of China in bamboo canes. Those silkworms were used to give the Byzantine Empire a trade monopoly in Europe, which became the foundation of their economy for the next 650 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smu…
Graphene-Fed Silkworms Produce a Super-Strong Silk That Conducts Electricity futurism.com/graphene-fed…
In c. 552 two Christian monks, after learning Chinese silkworm cultivation, smuggled silkworm eggs on behalf of Byzantine emperor Justinian, resulting in the Empire's monopoly over the European silk market and forming the foundations of its economy for the next 650 years (until its demise). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smu…
A common method to harvest Silk involves boiling silkworms in their cocoon. 5000 Silkworms makes one Kimono. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Today I learned that a company is now able to mass produce spider silk. They inserted the genes of the spider into a species of silkworm, bred the worms and is now a product called, "MonsterSilk". kraiglabs.com/kraig-biocr…
The pink slime growing in my shower is a common bacteria that also can also cause disease in coral and silkworms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Confetti was invented when a silk manufacturer started selling the paper disks created by silkworms from their bedding en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Mulberries were first cultivated in ancient China as food for silkworms, who are apparently partial to white mulberries over other species faculty.ucc.edu/biology-o…
Silkworms (moths) are completely dependent on humans for their reproduction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
It takes 3000 silkworms eating 104 kg of mulberry leaves to produce 1kg of silk, enough for about half a kimono en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Silkworms are one of the world's most genetically modified animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
When the Byzantines discovered how silk was produced, they sent spies to steal silkworm eggs resulting in the production of silk along the Mediterranean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
You are allowd to send living bees, leeches & silkworms through Australia Post. www1.auspost.com.au/prior…

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