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Top 10 Rags facts that will blow your mind.

  1. There is a 5000 year old refrigeration technique using only principles of evaporation and humidity that can be produced with basic pottery, sand, a rag, and water.

  2. Oily rags can spontaneously self-ignite because the oil reacts with oxygen in a reaction to produce heat, and a bunched up cloth can trap the heat enough to reach ignition temperatures.

  3. Ben Franklin had a business turning old rag newspapers into pulp & paper. He later got the contract to print US currency & begat the term "rags to riches"

  4. While filming The Wizard of Oz, the actor playing the Wizard noticed the label “L Frank Baum” in a ragged coat that had been purchased at a thrift shop for his role. The coat had been sewn for the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and was presented to his widow upon the films completion.

  5. A man in south India who upon realizing that his wife use a rag during her periods made a cheap easy-to-use affordable machine to produce sanitary pads.

  6. The death of an Australian man, found stuffed into a zipped sleeping bag, his hands bound with zip-ties, his head in a balaclava, and his mouth stuffed with a rag and tightly covered in cling film, was ruled by police to be a suicide.

  7. Using a chloroform soaked rag as an incapacitating agent is pure fiction. It is nearly impossible to incapacitate someone using chloroform in this manner.

  8. A 'perfectly' measured dose of chloroform soaked in a rag would take around 5 minutes to knock a person out, rather than almost immediately.

  9. In the 1800s, Thanksgiving was basically Halloween. Poor people would knock on doors to ak "anything for Thanksgiving?" and rich kids went out dressed in rags to mock them, up until the Great Depression when the question was always answered with NO.

  10. In some parts of rural India, women on their periods have to use dirty rags, leaves, and even ash because sanitary pads are taboo

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Former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Sam LoPresti once killed a dolphin with basically a shiv, to feed 28 of his shipmates who were stranded on a lifeboat for 42 days, after a German torpedo took out their ship. They cooked the meat in a bucket full of kerosene soaked rags. Hockey players, man...

"shoddy" was originally a type of fabric, made from recycled wool rags that were shredded, then re-spun together. This created a cloth that was inexpensive but of terrible quality.

The Nazis avoided giving any food and water with the exception of sea water to some concentration camp inmates. This made the victims so dehydrated that they began licking freshly mopped floors and old floor rags in an attempt to get drinkable water.

You shouldn't use dryer sheets with anything meant to absorb (like towels, rags, or cloth diapers), because dryer sheets can negatively impact their ability to soak moisture .

There was an 18th-century British politician who possessed a fortune of around £28m in modern money, but was so miserly that he feared birds were stealing his hay and wore a discarded beggar's wig he found in a hedge. He himself was often mistaken for a beggar due to his ragged clothes.

After Marcella's death Johnny became very heavy-hearted and the only item he kept near him in remembrance of her was a rag doll.

The Law of Success was published in 1928 as a study course. It was essentially a rags-to-riches formula that anyone could do if they wanted to.

Azurite jewelry is also difficult to clean. It needs a gentle cleaning with a sift rag. Any abrasive will possibly damage the stone.

Soccer is even popular in third world countries. If villages cannot afford a soccer ball, they will use balls that they"ve made with diapers or rags.

Duke Ellington wrote his first song 'soda Fountain Rag" out of inspiration from his job at the time, as a soda jerk.

Some donkeys are aggressive herd protectors, even known to kill coyotes by stomping on them and flinging them around by the neck like a rag doll. (Picture in link)

The distinctive rag-time piano portion of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's rock classic "Takin' Care of Business" was played by a pizza-delivery guy who happened to have the fortune of delivering pizza to their studio early in the morning

Nest can be very large, almost 5 feet wide. It is made of sticks, wool, rags and remaining of food.

Rock pioneer Chuck Berry didn't rehearse, do a sound check, or even provide a song list for his back up band and he didn't care if the resulting show was ragged. He always signed for shows as a solo artist, after his booking agency told him it meant more money for him

In the 1970s Allen Ginsberg published The Gates of Wrath: Rhymed Poems 1948-1951 (1972), Iron Horse (1972) The Fall of America: Poems of These States (1973), First Blues: Rags, Ballads & Harmonium Songs 1971-1974 (1975), Sad Dust Glories: poems during work summer in woods (1975), and Mind Breaths (1978).

Linseed oil soaked rags can spontaneously combust.

"The King of 20th Century Fashion" died in poverty and, its leftover stock of fine clothes sold by the kilogram as rags

In the 1980s George R.R. Martin published The Ice Dragon, a young adult fiction novel; Windhaven, a novel he wrote with Lisa Tuttle; Sandkings, a short story collection; Fevre Dream, a novel; Songs the Dead Men Sing, a short story collection; The Armageddon Rag, a novel; Nightflyers, a short story collection; Tuf Voyaging, a novel; Portraits of His Children, a short story collection; and The Skin Trade, a novella.

The info-compressing constructed language Ithkuil. It can produce words such as "qhûl-lyai’svukšei’arpîptó’ks" meaning "...being hard to believe, after allegedly trying to go back to repeatedly inspiring fear using rag-tag groups of suspicious-looking clowns, despite resistance."

There's a struggling rag picker in New Delhi, India who takes care of over 300 dogs in her area.

All paper was made out of rags for over a millennium and a half after its invention, and that wood-based paper wasn't the most common kind until the second half of the 19th century

Jeremy Irons once voiced one of Moe's bar rags in an episode of the Simpsons.

Taylor Swift's dad is part of the one-percenters and she is not a "rags to riches" story.

There is a street named "Ragged Ass Road" in Yellowknife, Canada.

Sanford and Son was adapted from the UK Steptoe and Son. A man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk).