Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?" - George Carlin (RIP)

They only shrink if you put them in the dryer afterwards ;-)
[Side Note: Never ever try to put a sheep in a dryer. Ever.]
**EDIT** For all of you who find your way here through google, looking for an actual answer to this question: It takes very hot water to relax wool fibers and then cause them to contract (shrink) and rain just doesn't reach those temperatures. Also, sheep don't get terribly wet anyways because their wool is coated with greasy skin secretions (lanolin). For more information, check out wikipedia.

1 comment:

  1. This brings me to a related question that really has kept me awake nights! Instead of counting sheep jumping a fence, I'm thinking about them jumping each other...

    When sheep have sex, there is friction and heat. If it is raining, or the sheep's wool is wet from rain, there is heat, water and friction. Although there is no soap present, won't there be some felting taking place? Wondering...

    I know, too much knitting has begun to affect my brain