Here at Show Me Something Interesting we do like to see unusual things. However, stuffing hair into tights to make hair-boons to combat the Gulf oil spill at first seems a little too wacky.
Four very special hair donors were a group of Alpacas from the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Apparently Alpaca hair is fine and cotton-like, which some scientists think could prove to be very absorbent. However, this would only be in the first stages of leekage. As the oil becomes thicker, and forms tar balls, the hair would be unable to absorb it.
This, and other pet and human hair, has been made into boons to use in the Gulf. As the lady stuffing the pantyhose said towards the end of the video: "It's a renewable resourse, and it's...something we can do on our own." Good on you!
The video below is from the National Geographic channel on YouTube.