Cockleburs on Your Tennies
These original Kirt's Cogitations™
may be reproduced (no more than 5, please) provided proper credit is given to me, Kirt
– noun: Concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
A Swiss engineer named George de Maestral was
impressed with the way that cockleburs - a type of vegetation - would use thousands of tiny hooks to cling to
anything with which they came into contact. He devised a product, using nylon, that replicated this natural
phenomenon. The result,
, could be spun in any required thickness, would not rot, mold or naturally degrade. As a bonus, it was