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Ok so we missed three word Thursday so here's fascinating fact Friday...
Bog cotton is no use for making cotton it's too brittle!
It has however been used as wound dressing (like cotton wool) for centuries and was used as such extensively during WW1.

So what fascinating fact did you learn recently?

Posted at 19th Jul 2013 - 11:07AM   Posted by Fairy Nuff   Fascinating Friday Comments: 6

Fennie's Avatar I found some bog cotton the other day and spent some time trying to twist it into a yarn - but without success, the fibres seemed to be much too short. I learn interesting facts all the time but have no way of indexing them so I only remember them if prompted - but I remember one now - that the Merlin aero engine generated about one horsepower for every pound of its weight, rather better than my car engine.

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Jul 2013 at 12:12PM

Fennie's Avatar Sorry, the above sounds terribly nerdish. It was just that the Red Arrows had just done a flypast followed by an aeroplane that somebody said was a hurricane. I thought it couldn't be a hurricane because the engine didn't sound right. So I looked up Merlins. Actually quite fascinating. The workers producing them worked 82 hour weeks apparently with one half Sunday off a month.

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Jul 2013 at 08:44PM

Camilla's Avatar Thanks FN and Fennie, two interesting things that I did not know about. Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 20th Jul 2013 at 02:33AM

Blackbird's Avatar I'm not sure what bog cotton is. And Fennie's facts make me very glad that I am not a Merlin workerShocked

Posted by: Blackbird on 20th Jul 2013 at 05:52AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar My old neighbour was one of the engineers who helped design both the Hawker Hurricane and the Spitfire and worked with Barnes Wallace on the bouncing bomb.
He was a fascinating man to have coffee with.

He must also have met HOs Father who worked at the same factory as a machine turner on the same projects!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th Jul 2013 at 10:16AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar This stuff Blackbird...
bog cotton

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th Jul 2013 at 10:18AM

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