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Milkweed Trivia
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Dreamweaver    Posted 07-18-2001 at 16:11:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read today that during WWII, the US government found two additional uses for milkweed - it was used as the stuffing for Navy life preservers and in the linings of Army/Air Force Flight Jackets. Seems they discovered that milkweed silk was more bouyant than cork, less heavy, and warm like wool. How bout that! :-)


Jim(MO)    Posted 07-19-2001 at 12:14:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Milkweed is the only place monarch butterflies lay eggs, (at least here in the midwest). The larvae feed on the milkweed which gives them a very nasty flavor and provides protection from predators even into adulthood.


Lew    Posted 07-18-2001 at 21:02:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Now I have to give a clue to my age. As a gradeschooler, we were issued used onion sacks and sent out to collect almost ripe milkweed pods for that very use and we were also told it could be spun into a fiber to replace silk as the Japanese had cut off our supply from the far East. It was the patriotic thing to do and we all did it. The speed limit was 35 MPH and nobody exceeded it as it was felt to be wastefull and unpatriotic. Meat, sugar, butter, gasoline and tires were rationed. We did not feel deprived but rather we felt good about ourselves as we were doing something to help our country. We all listened to Captain Midnight and drank our Ovaltine and sent for our decoder so we could decode the message given at the end of each broadcast. 25 cents got you into the picture show on Saturday afternoon and also bought a bag of popcorn. Each show was preceeded but a serial continued from the week before which ended as the hero (white hat guy) was being dealt what seems as a death blow by the bad guy (black hat). Somehow he always escaped and returned to pursue the bad guy again only to fall victim again until next week. We loved it and overlooked the simplist nature for the action and adventure. So much for the past, on to the future and trying to make it better for my grandchildren.
Peace to you all.


June    Posted 09-04-2002 at 18:52:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep. Been there. Done that. Got that tee shirt. Remember taking tins of fat to the butcher to be used to make TNT. Coffee was rationed too. and we saw the war on the newsreels.(The same ones that the history channel runs ad nauseum. I remember saving rags, newspapers, flattened tin cans for the war effort, too. We didn't have a fancy name like recycling either. We did it cause it was patriotic not to be wasteful.


TomH    Posted 07-18-2001 at 16:55:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We used to paint the dried pods and use them as Christmas Tree ornaments.


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