Do You Know Which Plant Inspired Velcro?

Most of us have used Velcro in our lives, whether it’s to put on our first pair of shoes or stick a poster on our dorm room wall. Although we all use it, most of us don’t think about how or why it was invented.

If you’ve ever stepped on a cockle-bur and gotten it stuck to your shoes or pants, you may seem a resemblance to the popular invention.

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Photo by farrahsanjari

In the 1940s, George De Mestral, the inventor of Velcro, noticed these plants getting stuck to him and couldn’t help but wonder how they managed to stay attached. He put them under a microscope and studied how they hooked onto his pants, and from that velcro was born.

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