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Discovery Magazine 6/1/2018

Cockleburs

by  AP Staff

One very famous example of humans copying God’s design in nature is Velcro©. It was invented by a man named George de Mestral. The story is told that George and his dog went for a walk in the field. When they came back, George saw that his dog was covered with cockleburs. George wondered how the cockleburs could stick to his dog’s hair so easily.

George pulled a cocklebur off his dog and looked at it very closely. When he did, he saw that it had many tiny hooks. After seeing the tiny hooks, he designed two pieces of fabric. One piece had tiny hooks. The other piece had hundreds of tiny loops. When he put the two pieces of fabric together, they stuck, just like the cocklebur stuck to his dog.

Today, Velcro© is used in many different ways. Some shoes have Velcro© so that there is no need to tie them. Jackets, coats, and clothes have it so that they can be fastened even with cold hands.

Velcro© is also used in bags and purses. George de Mestral was very smart to copy the design of the cocklebur. But think about this: God designed the cocklebur. George de Mestral was simply copying God’s original design. God thought of it first.




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