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British Seaman Invents Belt Buckle And Hook-and-eye Fastener

Many of the British, contending daily with the fierce island weather, still preferred clothing with eyelets and string. British seamen, however, faced severe handicaps when all cinched up with string, especially at sea, and even more so in the cold, drenching storms they encountered regularly. During these times, with their clothing water-soaked and weighted down, cold winds numbed their bodies and made it impossible keep warm. And in their frozen, feelingless fingers, buttons proved worthless.   
Sometime in the 17th century, an unknown seaman hit up an grand idea. He replaced the string,...