There's an old Redneck joke that goes something like this:
“You only need two tools in life: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.”
You know, although it's funny, there's quite a bit of truth to that saying. We use both WD-40 and Duct Tape quite often around the old homestead.
Well, in 1953, a group of three California inventors set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for the aerospace industry. It took them 40 trials before they came up with an effective water-displacing formula. Hence, "WD-40" stands for "Water Displacement, 40th formula".
WD-40 did go on to be used in aerospace (to protect the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion). The product worked so well that several employees snuck some WD-40® cans out of the plant to use at home. WD-40 was later found to have many household uses and is a big seller to this day...
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Duct tape was originally invented during World War II by Johnson & Johnson. The military needed a waterproof tape that could keep moisture out of ammunition cases.
They succeeded by developing tape made from a rubber-based adhesive applied to a durable duck cloth backing.
Duct tape, (sometimes called "Duck Tape"), is cloth-backed pressure-sensitive tape, often coated with polyethylene. There are a variety of types, using different backings and adhesives.
Duct tape is generally silvery gray, but also available in other colors and even printed designs.
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