In the Hollywood movie, Shanghai Knights (pardon me for the non scientific citation), Jackie Chan states that 'wet cloth' does not break easily.
How true a fact is this ? We know from common experience that paper when wet tends to tear easily. Then what is the difference in the breaking stress of wet paper vs wet cloth. What is happening here at the molecular level? Does wetness induce structural strain due to cohesive forces which tend to degrade the fiber strength of paper whereas reinforce that of the cloth?
Thanks. (I will be happy to edit out the movie reference, in case it violates any SE clause, I merely wanted to bring some context into the question)