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Paul Chuckle of the Day

Posted by thedarwinexception on January 3, 2008

So we are sitting watching “Law & Order” and this commercial comes on for Alpacas and raising them and how profitable and fun it is.

Paul says “Huh…so raising those is kind of like raising sheep, right? Where does the money come in? They don’t kill them, do they?”

I say “No –  a lot of the money is in the hair – you can sell that.”

Paul says “Why? What’s special about their hair?”

I say “It’s high quality – you can sell the wool or you can hand spin it and make yarn out of it and sell that.”

Paul says “Why? What’s the difference between that and what you buy at Joann’s?”

I say “It’s higher quality – alpaca yarn is like cashmere or mohair…high quality, nice stuff.”

Paul says “MOHAIR? What the hell’s a mo?”

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12 Responses to “Paul Chuckle of the Day”

  1. Kim (Canada) said

    Uumm –
    Ok! Like I’m sort of with Paul on this one –
    Wool, yarn, cashmere, alpaca, angora, mohair….What’s the diff?
    Wool is wool, yes”
    Comes from a sheep, no?

    And what’s this I hear about “silk” coming from a WORM?

    Fonzie :`)

  2. Hank said

    You could tell him that mohair is from the hair of Moe Howard of the Three Stooges, and that’s why it’s so expensive. Think he’d buy it?

  3. ROTFLMAO…too funny!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  4. Kim (Canada) said

    Ok –
    This is what I’ve come up with, so far, in the “wool” department…

    There are 40 different breeds of sheep in the world producing a rough estimate of 200 types of wool with varying standards. The major wool producers in the world are Australia, Argentina, China and South Africa.

    The processing of wool involves four major steps. First comes shearing, followed by sorting and grading, making yarn and lastly, making fabric.

    In most parts of the world, sheep are sheared once a year, in early spring or early summer. The best wool comes from the shoulders and sides of the sheep.

    Wool manufacturers knit or weave yarn into a variety of fabrics. Wool may also be dyed at various stages of the manufacturing process and undergo finishing processes to give them the desired look and feel.

    So there –
    At least I was on the right track when I said “wool” comes from sheep!

    Fonzie :`)

  5. Kim (Canada) said

    And well, Hot damn!
    “Pinky” WAS right!
    Silk DOES come from worms…

    http://pix.popula.com/items/0224/vintage2/silk.html

    Can’t believe how much I’ve learned today… And all because of Paul and “Mohair”!

    Do pass along my thanks to him, k!!

    And so now, I’m off to do some “Law & Order” watching of my own –

    F :`)

  6. groo said

    Mohair comes from homos. They take really good care of their hair. Most of them use conditioner.

  7. poplife said

    Mo, close relative to ho. LMAO!

  8. Kim (Canada) said

    Compliments of Pinky who sent me this earlier this morning –

    What is cashmere? Cashmere is the underdown shed annually by goats living in the high, dry plateaus surrounding the Gobi Desert, which stretch from Northern China into Mongolia. These goats have a coarse outer hair that repels the weather. Under that outer coat lies a much finer fiber, cashmere, which insulates these animals from the bitter cold.

    Why is cashmere so expensive? The harsh geography of this area of the Gobi Desert supports a very limited number of goats. It takes one of these rare goats four years to grow enough cashmere for one sweater. Each goat is combed by hand every spring. Then the fleece is collected and sorted by hand. Cashmere sweaters are usually knit on hand-operated machines. Therefore, the scarcity of the fiber and the handwork required to convert that fiber into a luxurious garment both contribute to cashmere’s price.

    So again – Different Sheep/Goat brings on a different type of wool. Now that is really cool! Not to mention the different parts of the sheep, and different types of hair these beasts all carry is all rather interesting too.

    Anyways, being that I only JUST started SEWING, I’m gonna leave the KNITTING for when I’m way, way, way older… I will have the advantage at that point tho, of knowing what the hell all the different yarns are about…

    F :`)

  9. Sandy said

    And more than we probably want to know…or perhaps Paul. But he is so cute, I can’t let the “MO” stuff alone.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Not to be confused with Mohair (band).

    Mohair usually refers to a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the docile Angora goat. The word “mohair” was adopted into English before 1570 from the Arabic mukhayyar, a type of haircloth, literally ‘choice’, from khayyara, ‘he chose’.

    Although…it also mentions that:
    Mohair should not be confused with the fur from the angora rabbit, which is called angora wool.

    So why do they mention the Angora Goat? Why didn’t they call the wool Angora after the goat? Or the goat a “MO”?

    I still think Paul has something over us.

  10. Kim Rock said

    That story seriously made me laugh out loud! That’s great!!!

  11. jerry said

    I don’t think Paul needs any mo’ hair.

  12. Glenda said

    I just think about those awful mohair jackets that we wore in the 60’s. They shed and were rough and sticky. You can have it–I’ll wait for that sweet little goat to give up his cashmere undercoat.

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