Friday, September 9, 2016

"Velour and Crochet"

My parents were great fans of the Old Testament stories about David. As their first born, I was named David. The Old Testament David knew success and failure, love and apathy, joy and sorrow. I Samuel 18:14 sets a standard for us: “David had success in all his undertakings; for the Lord was with him.”

One of my favorite success stories is that of George de Mestral. George was a well-known Swiss inventor. After walking his dog, he realized that his dog and his pants were covered with burrs; those irritating things that latch on to everything. It exhausted George eliminating the burrs from his pet’s coat and his pant legs.

Wondering about the burrs ability to irritate, he put a burr under the microscope and discovered the tiny hooks that make its grasp so fierce. FLASH! How about a two-part fastener? A hook and a loop would work. Maybe an alternative to buttons and zippers? When George put hooks and loops together, they would latch on to each other and stick. Guess what?  Velcro arrived. Surprise! Surprise!

Oh yes, Velcro is a marriage between Velour and Crochet. Next time Velcro works for you, thank George!


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