Eisenhower’s “Military-Industrial Complex” Speech Origins and Significance (by US National Archives)
Lubbock, Texas - This is how your T-shirt was conceived and born:
1. The cream-colored cotton flower blooms in the morning and is only fertile for one day. Usually it pollinates itself, unless breeders get their fingernails in there to mix and match.
2. The pretty pink flower means the cotton sex was successful. The petals are dying, and in their place grows…
3. The cotton boll. Size of a golf ball. It contains some fuzzy seeds and the cotton lint.
4. When it dries… BAM! The cotton fibers burst out.
Harvesting this complicated boll is a whole other story. We’ll be reporting on that in a couple of weeks from Mississippi. (@radiosmith/NPR)