... the origin of velcro?
The hook-loop fastener was invented in 1947 by Swiss engineer, George de Mestral who lived in Commugny, Switzerland. The idea came to him after he took a close look at the burrs (seeds) of burdock which kept sticking to his clothes and his dog's fur on their daily summer walks in the Alps. He examined their condition and saw the possibility of binding two materials reversibly in a simple fashion. He developed the hook and loop fastener and submitted his idea for patent in 1951 and the patent was granted in 1955. De Mestral named his invention "Velcro" after the French words velours, meaning 'velvet', and crochet, or 'hook'.
Thanks George for such a great, albeit scratchy, product! :)