Offbeat – 04 April 2013

I’m adding emoticons to my list of very important inventions. I’m sure historians can’t be bothered with the emotional quality of communication, but I really think they are incredibly important.

Hagfish slime. It’s the next big thing in fashion and apparel, according to BBC. When the suckers get bitten, the hagfishes exude slime which suffocates predators.
According to the report when the slime is dried out it becomes nice and silky. The applications are as a replacement for tight-fitting spandex and nylon, if they can get the critters to produce enough slime. If you asked yourself what sort of a person collects and dries out hagfish slime, award yourself 50 points and a Noddy badge.