MARCH / early spring 2012 issue
This is HUGE news:
For years, we've been saying that duct tape was invented for the United States Military during World War II by the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division. Its first use was to keep moisture out of ammunition cases. All of which is pretty much true... but we just received this additional information that tells more of the story. The origins of duct tape may actually lead to a woman...
(from the Chicago Sunday Tribune, October 24, 1943)
Vesta Stoudt, …went to work at the Green River Ordnance plant in Dixon, IL., because she had two sons in the Navy and wanted to help them. She was assigned to inspect and wrap cartridges used to fire rifle grenades. The cartridges were packed in small boxes which were waxed and taped to protect them against moisture. The tape, made of this paper, included a paper tab which a soldier could jerk to open the box quickly.
It was a simple process; about the last that anyone might have though could be improved or changed.
[When Mrs. Stout related her idea to her superiors] they said, "Oh, forget it. Don't be silly. The government knows what it's doing. You can't do anything about the government."
"Well, the government can make mistakes as well as anyone else," Mrs. Stoudt snapped back.
"We can't let them down by giving them a box of cartridges that takes a minute or two to open, enabling the enemy to take lives that might be saved had the box been taped with strong tape that can be opened in a split second. Please, Mr. President, do something about this at once; not tomorrow or soon, but now. We packed nearly 10,000 today on my shift and all wrong."
Mrs. Stoudt learned that the army's Ordnance Department works fast. In about two weeks she was informed by Co. S. R. Stribling of the Office of Chief of Ordnance at Washington that her suggestion had been put into effect. "This office wishes to thank you for your excellent suggestion and will give careful consideration to any future suggestions you may offer," Co. Stribling wrote her. "It is cooperation of this type the will win the war."
So there you have it - more information than we could ever find when researching the history of duct tape seventeen years ago for our second book (even when we contacted the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division (originally, Revolite Corporation until 1947 when it was renamed the Industrial Tape Corporation - in 1953 the name was changed to Permacel), the manufacturers of the original "duct" tape). Thanks to Kari Santo for providing us with this can find it. - The Duct Tape Guys
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this issue - some entires from our hmo on a roll page:
Jim's son's knuckle bandage On the way to the airport for some duct tape evangelism, we stopped to meet Jim's son for lunch. After which his son, Sam (sorry, girls, he's taken), was transfering some stuff to his trunk and sliced a nasty chunk out of his knuckle on something on the trunk lid... It was a bleeder! Out came Tim's hand sanitizer, a tissue and Jim's roll of duct tape. So far, Sam's not dead. Must have worked.
Best Eye Patch Ever I had surgery on my left eyelid for an entropion (the eyelid turns inward and the lashes scrape the surface of the eye) about 6 years ago. Ever since that surgery, my eyelid no longer remains closed while I sleep. I tried at least a hundred different types of adhesive eye patches and tape, all of which either took off hunks of skin in the morning when I took it off, or did not stay on through the night. Out of desperation, I tried duct tape, and it worked perfectly. It stays on through the night and comes off without tissue trauma in the morning--I've been using it every single night for 6 years, and without it, I probably would have lost my eye. - Ben, Boston, MA
Horse Bandage I am a veterinarian - I specialized in horses. You want a bandage to stay on a horse? Some horses will not stay bandagedno matter what you do either because the horse is not a good bandage citizen or else because the injury is just someplace that is not amenable to bandaging. Put a cover dressing over the wound. Spray the surrounding area with WD-40. Apply duct tape over the cover dressing and sprayed area. Apparently the WD-40 melts the glue on the duct tape just enough to make it
As usual, I've been painting. I just posted a video of my latest painting - done to music composed and performed by our friend, Eric Moeckel... odd and creative stuff - just perfect to paint an abstract to. So here... take a look at the video to hear the tune and see how I interpreted it.
You can see more of my art at timnyberg.com.
We just can't seem to kill this HUGH JASS DEAL! Our holiday book offering was so popular that we decided to continue it... AGAIN! Plus, Tim and Jim both may be moving soon - so we need to get our inventory out the door... NOW!!!
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Just be happy I’m not a twin.
You know when the numbers on the bomb are going down and the people in the movie are frantically trying to deactivate it before it goes to zero and blows up? That's kind of how I feel when I ask my wife to tell me what's wrong and she says, "You mean you don't know?!!"
Ok, apparently that red heart thing on food can also mean that it is healthy. I won't make that mistake again next Valentine's Day.
I am glad that cheese balls come in those 50-gallon drums but it certainly makes them harder to hide in your house.
Presidents' Day is tough. I am not sure of the proper way to celebrate Martin Van Buren.
Cool thing to do at IKEA. Go into the model apartments, get a book from the display shelf, sit on the toilet in the model bathroom and read it. Freak out when people come by and look in on you. Then complain to a person who works there that the door to the bathroom won't close. You could also quietly tell them that the toilet wouldn't flush either. True story.
You know who must be very happy every time Apple comes out with a new computer design? The people that make those fake computers they use for the displays at IKEA.
I forgot to buy ginkgo.
I bet that Otzi, the iceman, never imagined that a museum would feature a whole display of his everyday carry.
Stop, drop, ROTF.
Actual warning on my new sunglasses:
I break brick in two
Whenever I am in a mall and have time to kill, I like to pick certain people out of the crowd and try to imagine what their screen names are in the adult chat rooms. Yesterday I saw "ChunkyLover54".
Developing healthy habits really pays off as we get older. Yesterday I was driving in town when I suddenly realized I had forgotten to put my seatbelt on. I just felt naked without it. Then I realized I had forgotten to put my clothes on. - Thanks to Dudley D.
Dale's Website Discoveries (well, discovery actually)
I leave you with this one. No comment, just the link. http://yvettesbridalformal.com.
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