Emperor Vespasian decided to slap a tax on urine, to be paid by all purchasers of public pee because Urine collectors were a common sight in the public toilets of Ancient Rome. The ammonia-rich urine was used in a number of processes such as tanning and wool production. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
An Australian sheep named Chris, whose mobility had been impaired as a result of the weight of the fleece he had grown over more than 5 years, was found wandering alone by a hiker. It's estimated that the record breaking long merino wool was enough to make 30 jumpers but had no commercial value en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Sweatshirts were invented in 1926 by Alabama football player Benjamin Russell Jr. as a more comfortable alternative to abrasive wool for practice jerseys. They were made by the Russell Manufacturing Company, founded by Russel Sr. and known today as Russell Athletic. russellathletic.eu/our-he…
Today I learned about Shrek, a Merino sheep that escape his enclosure and evaded shearers for six years by hiding in caves. His fleece contained enough wool to make suits for 20 large men. amusingplanet.com/2014/07…
In 1571, parliament passed a law requiring all men, except noblemen, to wear wool caps on Sundays and holidays or be fined. This was to protect the wool trade. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Dogs were bred for wool for 4000 years by the Pacific Northwest Salish indigenous people. animalsofpnw.com/2019/03/…
Today I learned of The Salish Wool Dog; an extinct breed of white, long-haired, Spitz-type dog that was developed and bred by the Coast Salish peoples of what is now Washington state and British Columbia. The fur of the Salish Wool Dog was prized for making the famous and rare "Salish" blankets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Today I learned about a slave named Pertinax who became the emperor of Rome. His dad had a wool business that got their family out of slavery and Pertinax went on to become a commander in the Roman military. He was a very good leader and became the successor to Commodus after his untimely assassination. ancient.eu/Pertinax/
The term "shoddy" comes from the Civil War when in their rush for uniforms the Union bought ones made from a recycled wool product called shoddy. When it fell apart in rain or after a couple of weeks wear it quickly became synonymous among the troops with poor quality and workmanship. historyextra.com/period/w…
We call athletic uniforms β€œJerseys” because that’s where the wool for the clothing came from (however now, jerseys are more commonly made from nylon). mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Champion shearer Ian Elkins answered a call put out by RSPCA Australia when a heavily overgrown merino sheep was spotted by a bushwalker. Merino sheep, bred to grow wool, may get infections/flystrike if not shorn; about 80 pounds of fleece was shorn from "Chris" the sheep, a world record. theguardian.com/world/201…
; NZ still shears around half a million sheep by blade. The extra wool left using this method keeps the animal warmer during the cold winters. rnz.co.nz/national/progra…
President Woodrow Wilson allowed a flock of sheep to graze on the White House lawn. They saved manpower by not having to mow the lawn, and also raised $52,823 for the Red Cross by auctioning wool. whitehousehistory.org/que…
In the Torah there is a type of law known as "chukim," or a statute beyond mans ability to comprehend. An example of this is the restriction of fabrics containing both wool and linen, for which no explanation is given. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
The first documented use of toilet paper dates back in 589AD in early medieval China. Elsewhere, wealthy people wiped themselves with wool, lace or hemp, while others used their hand when defecating into rivers, using rags, wood shavings, leaves, grass, hay, stones, sand, moss,water, snow, etc. wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilet…
A sheep in New Zealand avoided being caught and shorn by hiding in caves for 6 years. When finally found, his fleece contained enough wool to make 20 large men's suits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…
There is a rare breed of pig called sheep-pig, which is capable of producing wool, just like sheep. There are many variations of these animals, the Mangalica is one of the most common breeds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In Roman times, urine was used by slaves in wool-making and was so important to the process of fulling that it was actually taxed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
1k-10k sheets of toilet paper were manufactured during the early 14th century, what is now Zhejiang province... Elsewhere, wealthy people wiped themselves with wool, lace or hemp, while less wealthy people used their hand when defecating into rivers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
'A black sheep' is unlucky because its wool could not be dyed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Ancient Rome had a urine tax paid by its buyers. Urine was used for tanning, wool production, and to clean and whiten woolen togas. Instituted by Nero, removed after a while, and re-enacted by Vespasian. His name still attaches to public urinals in France (vespasienne) and Italy (vespasiano). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pec…
Today I learned about Qiviut, a material softer than cashmere and light as a feather. It's made from the soft under wool of a Muskox and can withstand temperatures down to -73Β°C. This material is very rare and costs a premium to acquire. One bolt of yarn can cost up to Β£150. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qiv…
A VicuΓ±a is a llama like animal that can only be shorn from every two to three years, thus producing the most expensive fabric in the world: vicuΓ±a wool. aluxurytravelblog.com/201…
Cardigans (sweaters) are named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British Major General who wore a knitted wool waistcoat. He led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 and the fame he gained from the battle helped popularise the clothing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Wool is not antimicrobial: In fact, wool supports more bacteria than cotton, polyester or nylon. However, the odor intensity of bacteria living in wool is lower than bacteria that reside in other textiles. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The alpaca was selectively bred from the vicuna to accentuate its naturally finer wool. Alpacas were a central part of Incan culture but were almost exterminated to make room for European domestic animals. The highland inhabitants saved the species by moving their herds to higher elevation. alpacaficionado.com/artic…
Sheep shearing is not animal cruelty. If sheep are not sheared they can experience a lot of health problems. There was a sheep in Australia that was found unsheared for six years, five time the wool of normal sheep, with damaged hooves and skin infections from urine trapped under his wool. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The Ancient Roman garment the Toga was actually gigantic (up to a 172 square feet) and made entirely of wool. youtu.be/0EyStjkII-Y?t=21
Human beings had been keeping sheep for 7,000 years before it occurred to anyone to use their wool. iwto.org/history-sheep
The nursery rhyme 'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep' has not changed much in 250 years. Theories suggest it is about taxes levied on the Medieval English wool trade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baa…
J.R.R Tolkien got the name for Samwise Gamgee from a doctor called Joseph Sampson Gamgee, the inventor of the 'Gamgee tissue', an absorbent gauze surgical dressing made from cotton wool. Hence, Tolkien named Samwise's wife in The Lord of the Rings books Rosie Cotton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Professor Richard Wool created a circuit board from chicken feathers. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
An Australian man wearing a nylon jacket and wool shirt built up 40,000 volts of static electricity, resulting in burned carpets, melted plastic, and a massive evacuation. news.asiantown.net/r/1080…
There is a species of pig called "Mangalitsa" which has wool on it which resembles that of a sheep amusingplanet.com/2014/05…
That, due to human interaction, Domestic Sheep have evolved to require humans to shear them. Their wool never sheds. modernfarmer.com/2013/07/…
While Bob Barker was the host of The Price is Right, he banned fur, wool, and leather prizes, fake display meat products, zoo trips, and cars made by foreign-owned automobile companies. Only fur products remain banned. insidetv.ew.com/2012/09/0…
The demand for cashmere wool is linked to a four-degree Fahrenheit increase in the temperature of Mongolia due to the eradication of grasslands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Today I learned of a sheep named Shrek, who hated getting his wool sheared. He escaped his enclosure and was on his own for 6 years. After being found and sheared his wool weighed 60 pounds, enough material to make 20 suits for men. All of his fleece was auctioned off to support medical charities for children. sunnyskyz.com/blog/985/Me…
A man wearing a nylon jacket and wool shirt built up 40,000 volts of static electricity, resulting in burned carpets, melted plastic, and a massive evacuation. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/42526…
The wool from Dolly the Sheep, the first ever animal to be cloned, was used to make a jumper decorated with images of cloned sheep. collection.sciencemuseum.…
The US military developed special cold weather boots called Bunny Boots which feature a full inch of wool lining. Each boot weighs 1.5kg and they can be used in -58C temperatures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bun…
1 sheep jumped off a cliff in Turkey & 1500 sheep followed. only about 400 died because the other sheep fell on a soft pile of wool/ sheep:) usatoday30.usatoday.com/n…
The origins of the term shoddy comes from the Civil War where there weren’t enough uniforms. The manufactures would take wool scraps and grind them into a material called shoddy to make new uniforms. These uniforms were infamously of poor quality historyhouse.co.uk/articl…
The Germans have a word for a device that does everything: "Eierlegende Wollmilchsau" - It literally means "Egg laying wool milk pig". en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ei…
Found roaming outside Canberra, Australia, Chris the sheep avoided shearing for years. The fleece was so massive, Chris could barely walk. It took five shearers 42 minutes to remove 89 pounds of wool, which set an (unofficial) world record for most wool. cnn.com/2015/09/03/asia/s…
Serial killer Albert Fish would embed needles into his groin and abdomen. After his arrest, x-rays revealed that he had at least 29 needles lodged in his pelvic region. He also hit himself with a nail-studded paddle and inserted wool doused with lighter fluid into his anus and lit it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
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…
John Shakespeare - William's dad - was, in his time, a court-appointed ale taster (this is why pubs must legally have signs), a 'brogger' (an illegal wool dealer), a farmer, a glover and Mayor of Stratford, before falling on hard times for unknown reasons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Angora wool doesn't come from the Angora goat - it comes from the Angora RABBIT! This is what Angora rabbits look like.

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