I was going to rant on how I really need to get my hair cut but don’t want to.
When suddenly, I read some pretty interesting things. Hair can be either real fun to play around with, or a huge pain in the ass the maintain. Aside from keeping your head warm though, the keratine strings have quite a few other uses, some a tad more bizarre than others. For example, in the Victorian era, when someone passed away, it wasn’t uncommon to make jewelry out of that person’s hair. You know, as a memento, since they didn’t have any fancy techniques using ash back then. For a while, this kind of jewelry actually made it into mainstream fashion. Kind of morbid, if you ask me.
While we’re on the topic of “non-happy” uses of hair, there was this Chinese company, Hongshuai Soy Sauce, that claimed to use the latest bioengineering technology in the process of making their soy sauce. Sounds neat and all, but essentially what they did was use hairs swept from a barbershop floor instead of the regular soy and wheat to derive amino acids from. And there you thought that hair in your soup was bad news.
On a brighter note, hair can be used to clean up oil spills. It’s true, but also raises the question as to why BP’s higher-ups aren’t all bald yet.
Back in 2007, when the Cosco Busan oil spill happened, Phil McCrory thought of using hair mats to clean it up. It was actually a pretty clever idea, since hair absorbs oil from water. Afterwards, oyster mushrooms (yeah, the fungi) were added to the mix. They converted the oil into a compost that isn’t toxic, and thus doesn’t harm the environment. Hurray!
“Only you can prevent environmental damage from oil spills!” -Oily the Bear