Romans weaved asbestos fibers into a cloth-like material that was then sewn into tablecloths and napkins. These cloths were cleaned by throwing them into a blistering fire, from which they came out unharmed and whiter than when they went in. asbestos.com/asbestos/his…
During the beginning of invention of electric appliances. They experimented with electric tablecloths. You could basically plug in an outlet anywhere on the table and the lightbulb would light up. Only downside was that you couldn’t spill any liquids on it culture24.org.uk/history-…
The Japanese Surrender of WWII was signed on a folding table from the USS Missouri's crew's mess that was hastily covered with a used tablecloth, because the ornate table ordered for ceremony was too small for the surrender documents. ussmissouri.org/learn-the…
Asbestos can be woven in cloth to make it semi-fireproof. Ancient kings used this in tablecloths and napkins so they could throw them in a fire after a meal and impress their guests later by pulling them out clean and intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asb…
Cellophane was originally developed to avoid wine spills on tablecloths thoughtco.com/history-of-…
Creed Bratton of The Office (American) got his name after waking up hungover with a list of names written on a tablecloth. artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.co…
Tablecloths were originally used for catching spills and wiping, rather than protecting tables. oldandinteresting.com/med…
At the Battle of Tsushima, the remaining Russian ships flew the XGE international flag code for surrender but the Japanese continued to fire on them because they didn't have the code for surrender in their books. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Chameleons don't really change colors to match their surroundings [cool video]

My 7 year old son is reading the Eric Carle book, "The Mixed up Chameleon" in school. The teacher showed them this YouTube video and my son wanted to know if it was really real, so I looked it up.

According to the San Diego Zoo website:

"How chameleons change color is a fascinating and complicated process. First of all, they don't really change color to match their surroundings, and they cannot change to any and all colors. For example, if a chameleon is sitting on a red-and-white polka dot tablecloth, it will not turn red and develop round white spots! Chameleons don't look at what they're sitting on and deliberately decide to match it. Instead, each species of chameleon has a group of patterns and colors that it is able to display; some of these patterns are designed for camouflage. The skin color changes under the influence of the lizard's mood, such as fear or anger, the amount

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