In the 1940s, Swiss inventor George de Mestral found that, upon returning home for a walk with his dog one day, his pants and the canine's fur were covered with cockleburs
, and burdock are a real hazard in the long hair of Hank who sometimes gets so many of these sticky seeds in his long coat that a couple hours and great effort are necessary to remove them.
stick to your clothes because they have hooks in them.
This plant is biennial, producing the familiar cockleburs
that cling to clothing and fur like Velcro in its second year of growth.
PHOTO : Botanist Harry Borthwick examines growth of cockleburs
in this 1962 study of the effects of light on plants.
Not until Dan Peters had committed the engineer's unpardonable sin and broken out of the timetable did people realize how many of his little sayings had stuck like cockleburs
in their memories.
He would run through brick walls while hunting, pick up cockleburs
until he was solid with them and never slowed down.
Swiss mechanical engineer George de Mestrel was inspired to make Velcro in the 1950s when he went for a walk and came back with cockleburs
stuck to his clothes.
George de Mestral was taking a walk one day when some cockleburs
got stuck to his jacket.
I grew up in Minnesota and I remember thistles, cockleburs
, blackberry bushes and man-eating brambles.