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  1. "Hamaka" - that's how the Taíno (indigenous people of the Carribean and Florida) called the early hammocks, an Arawakan word meaning "fish net". After being imported to European mainland, the British people simply called the sleeping net "hammock", the French "hamac" staying close to the original name - the only exception are the Germans who chose the word "Hängematte" instead.

  2. Why did hammocks become so popular? One of the reasons was their ability to provide safety from disease transmission, insect stings or animal bites. By suspending their beds above ground, the inhabitants were protected from snakes, biting ants and other creatures.

  3. The biggest hammock on earth is to be found in North Carolina. It is woven out of 3048 meters of linen - almost three kilometers of material. The gigantic hammock is 12.8 meters long and carries a load of roughly 3628 kilogram's - Maybe the Silk Traveller XXL might be enough though... It’s this XX large and you can share it with your family as well...

  4. Guess who brought the hammock - an invention by the Maya people in Columbian America - to Europe? You're right - no other person than Christopher Columbus. He brought several of them back to Spain from his expeditions to the Bahamas.

  5. In 2015 the Moab Monkeys, a Utah-based group of athletes, have set up a spider web net over a canyon near Moab, Utah. At a height of 120 meters (400ft) and 60 meters (200ft) away from the nearest cliff the hand-woven pentagonal web is the highest hanging hammock of the world.

  6. Did you know that there is an official National Hammock Day? On the 22nd of July it's time to hang and relax!

  7. Hammocks are not only symbol of summer, relaxation and easy living. Especially during the 16th century, hammocks were adopted for use in sailing ships. Aboard ship, hammocks were regularly employed for sleeping on the gun desks of warships were space was limited and prevented the installation of permanent bunks. Additionally, the inhabitant is not at risk of being thrown onto the deck because a slung hammock moves in concert with the motion of the vessel. Often the sailors become so used to this way of sleeping that they brought their hammocks ashore with them on leave.

  8. The Valley of Hammocks - that's the name of El Salvador. The valley is a hammock cultured country (and a large producer and exporter of hammocks). Inhabitants of El Salvador and Middle/South America often used hammocks to repel constant earthquakes and still use them for afternoon naps. To honor the craft of hammock making the municipality celebrates its traditional Hammock Festival where artisans produce and sell hammocks every year, between the first and second weekend of November.