If I was a genius, I’d invent silent Velcro. To avoid that embarrassment of opening my new laptop bag in a quiet place, making that horrible rrrriiipp noise.
Here’s another use: too many zipper and velcro noises in short time cause anxiety in my dog, who realizes that this maybe an indication of packing for a long trip. Probably scares cats and birds too.
I have the technlogy to cut off the offending velcro, but thinking that it might come in handy some time when I’m treking through hurricane force winds with my laptop bag, I decided to install a Velcro-neutralizer. Simple and silly really (but I did get several questions on FaceBook) — it’s just a swatch of the oppositely-charged Velcro (available at any fabric store), cut and applied to one side of the original pair.
p.s. I put it on the prickly side, because that’s the one that always snags my fuzzy sweaters too.