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From expressing ourselves through fashion to protecting ourselves from the elements, textiles seem to be self-evidently significant to the human experience. But it's our goal on Tangents to always poke holes in the obvious, tear through distraction, and weave humor with knowledge - and the facts this episode will blow your cotton-poly blend socks off.SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to to find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool perks you’ll get in return, like bonus episodes and a monthly newsletter! A big thank you to Patreon subscribers Garth Riley and Glenn Trewitt for helping to make the show possible!And go to to buy some great Tangents merch!Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! [Truth or Fail Express]Fabric shoe sole tariff fiber to prove original Finnish textile Acts: burial shroud requirements[Trivia Question]“Cappers Act” of 1571 in England required males to wear woolen caps[Fact Off]Indigenous Aymara weavers and pediatric cardiologists co-created a medical textile for congenital heart defects experimental antimicrobial underwear for astronauts or space laundry machines[Ask the Science Couch]History of knitting machines vs. knit stitches hyperbolic space models[Butt One More Thing]Art project that extracted cellulose from cow manure to make a semi-synthetic fabric you're at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @im_sam_schultz Hank: @hankgreen
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