Imagine a fabric that sticks to another fabric with ease, without the use of messy glues or clumsy threads. Image a fabric that, when removed from its residence, sings the melodious harmonies of static on a television. Now. Stop. Imagining.

Half-hook, half-loop, "Velcro" is a velvety fabric of the gods who've been long searching for an alternative to tying their most holy of high-tops. Swiss (or alien?) engineer Georges de Mestral claims the inspiration was from plant life. Ironically, by inventing such a fabric, Mestral has actually thrown off the very balance of nature from which he drew. We give the human race five more years at best before we're all stuck to cactuses in the middle of the Sahara.