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Did you ever wonder who invented velcro? Maybe you already know this story? Here’s what the official VELCRO® website has to say:

It began with a burdock burr, a tiny seed covered in hundreds of ‘hooks’ that naturally catch onto the microscopic loops that cover fur, hair and clothing. The burr was an unassuming marvel of nature and a minor headache for man, until one day in 1941 when the burdock burr, Swiss engineer George de Mestral, and his dog crossed paths on a hunting trip in the Alps. … Inspired by the burr, de Mestral created the world’s first hook-and-loop fastener.

I got snagged by a couple of Burdock burrs when I was out walking today, which is what inspired me to prepare this blog.

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