Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bits and Bobbins: Silky Strong

Now that I'm on my way to being an accredited fashion geek, I thought I would share with you some of the more fun, less known facts I'm collecting like a nerdy lint roller. Here's the first installment of ::drum roll:: Bits and Bobbins!

Wednesday was intro to microscope day at school. Those are silk fibers under the lens!

Did you know that silk, that ever-so prized, shiny thread that unfurls from the backsides of certain blessed critters, is super strong? In fact, the same thickness of silk has greater tensile strength than the same thickness of steel. No kidding. Why would I joke? Also there is this species of spiders called Golden Orb Spiders (which I'll spare you a glimpse of here because they give me the heebs) that spin gold-colored silk threads. A group of people collected their silk for 4 years and wove it into a tapestry that is currently on view at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Mind blown? Good, because that's all for now. Join me next time for another installment of ::echoy announcer voice:: Bits and Bobbins!

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