Stuck On You!

gecko– –  Well, the Geico Gecko has a great Cockney accent, and the SoBe beverages lizards have dance moves to make the late Michael Jackson proud…but scientists for years have been fascinated with the gecko, because of his uncanny ability to climb the smoothest of surfaces and hang there, by a single toe if necessary.

A Pennsylvania professor has found that a gecko’s toes have millions of very small hairs, each one-tenth the width of a human hair.  At the end of each hair are hundreds of saucerlike structures called spatula. Weak forces of attraction hold each spatula to a surface, and the combined force from millions of hairs create a powerful bond that enables the gecko to stick to nearly anything.

Hopes are to commercialize on the gecko’s adhesive ability …a good bet, since the gecko has been commercial gold, already!     Thriller Dancing Lizards

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4 Comments on “Stuck On You!”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Maybe so.

    But, I still wouldn’t slice any cake with _those_ spatulas!

  2. carycomic Says:

    Only if it’s a Lay’s potato chip.

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