How burdock helped a naturalist get rich

One summer day in 1948, mountain climbing lover and passionate naturalist Georges de Mistral went for a walk with his dog. This walk has borne valuable fruits in the literal and figurative sense. The tourists returned home covered from head to toe with the thorny fruits of the burdock. The event, it would seem, is the most ordinary one. However, cleansing himself and his four-legged friend of annoying uninvited riders, Mistral drew attention to the fact that the thorns hold the strongest on the fabric where it is fuzzy.

An inventive Swiss decided to make an unusual fastener on this principle, which could compete with the “zipper” used in the manufacture of clothing in terms of the strength of the connection. The invention initially did not meet with support, but in 1955 Mistral received a patent for it.

Another 30 years have passed, and now what we call “Velcro” in everyday life has made its way into life. Now more than 50 million meters of this "hook-nosed" product is produced annually, and the income of the companies manufacturing it is estimated at millions of dollars.

An interesting fact - Velcro is used even in space. On the International Space Station, Velcro is used to attach objects to walls. On the Russian segment, all walls are pasted over with a fleecy part of Velcro. And a hooked part is attached to tools, pencils, and other objects with the help of a special sticky substrate.