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All right, just one more story

How the Flagellum Got its Kinks:

A bedtime story for knitters, with pictures.

First, the wool yarn was dampened.

Then, it was wound around an old-fashioned hairpin*. Over, under, over, under.

Next, a paper clip held the yarn.

Last, the impatient knitter blow-dried the flagella.

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The paper clip came off.

The hair pin was unwound: under, over, under, over.

Look!

Kinky flagella!

Now it’s time for bed. Lights out!

*Used in this house for ballet buns. An opened-up paper clip could work too, or other household objects I haven’t thought of yet.

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