On April 6, 1909, American explorer Robert Peary and his “first man” Matthew Henson1 reached the geographic North Pole – supposedly. Frederick Cook also claimed to have reached the Pole, but a year prior. However, both claims were heavily debated for many years. At the time, many felt that Cook never made it to the Pole. And in 1989, evidence suggested that Peary didn’t reach it either, but he probably came closer.
Thankfully, all socks survived.
1. the first African-American arctic explorer↩
From the Daily Mail: American scientists have invented “FatSox” – socks made out of a revolutionary new material that actually sucks fat out of a person’s body as they sweat. The discovery promises to “speed up the fight against flab without any extra effort.”
The socks employ a nylon polymer that reacts with a newly-patented compound, Tetrafloramezathine, in order to draw fat out of the bloodstream. A researcher explains: “As the exerciser warms up, molecules in the sock are activated by the increased blood flow and the material draws out the fatty liquids, or lipids, from the body through the sweat.” After a good workout, the socks, and the fat, can simply be thrown away.
The socks have been tested at the Esporta Health Club in Crawley, Sussex, UK. The club manager said, “Some of us were skeptical about these ‘fat magnets’ at first, but as your body gets hot you can really feel them working.” As a result of the successful test, Esporta plans to offer the socks for sale.