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Cotton Fun Facts

  • American paper currency is made of 75% cotton.
  • The first light bulb manufactured by Thomas Edison used cotton filament.
  • Cotton is good for all seasons because it keeps the body cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
  • The average American owns seven pairs of blue jeans.
  • Ancient Egyptians grew cotton, but only the High Priest was allowed to wear a cotton garment.
  • There are 150 yards of cotton in a regulation baseball.
  • In 1730, cotton was first spun by machinery thanks to the Industrial Revolution.
  • One bale of cotton weighs about 480 pounds.
  • Levi Strauss and his partner added rivets into their denim jeans for added strength.
  • Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin during the Industrial Revolution which changed the face of the cotton industry forever.