Interesting and fun facts about ropes and nettingcreative45
Both ropes and nets are something you likely don’t think about that often in your day to day lives, but each has a fascinating history and endless uses. For example, did you know…
8 Fun Facts about Ropes and Nets
- The world’s longest rope was made in 2013 in The Netherlands, measuring 5,440 meters in length. It was used in an attempt to break the world record for largest skipping rope.
- In 2017, a group of researchers from MIT created a new type of rope made from synthetic materials that is able to self-tighten when stretched, making it useful for securing heavy loads.
- Some of the earliest known ropes were made by twisting together plant fibers such as hemp or flax, and date back to around 8000BCE.
- Climbing ropes are designed specially to stretch to a certain extent, helping to absorb the impact of falls and reduce the likelihood of serious injury.
- The world’s largest fishing net, at 11,700 meters in length, was used in 1936 by a Norwegian whaling company.
- Known as the ‘Mega Swing’, the world’s largest rope swing is located in Utah. It measures over 130 feet high and swings out over a 400-foot cliff.
- Netting can be used effectively in construction below suspended platforms to catch any falling objects.
- A rope’s diameter directly affects its strength and durability, and so different purposes require different rope types. Thicker ropes are generally stronger, but they can also be less flexible.
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