Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Velcro Dogs and Burdock

After taking his dog for a walk one day in 1948, George de Mestral, a Swiss inventor, became curious about the seeds of the burdock plant that had attached themselves to his clothes and to his dog's fur. Under a microscope, he looked closely at the hook system that the seeds used to attache to passing animals, and he realized the same approach could be used to join other things. The result was Velcro.

Today a "velcro dog" is  a term often used by dog owners to describe a dog that follows them everywhere and is never more than a few feet from their side.

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