Tuesday, 30 July 2013

I bet you didn't know this!

I received one of those 'shared emails' recently and decided it was too interesting not to share and just 'delete'. I'm rather a fan of WD-40 - I know it's good for squeaking doors but.. I had no idea it would perform such miracles as loosening arthritic joints (I am yet to try it although the left knee could do with a spray (!) while I am writing this!) The main ingredient is fish oil - perhaps we could squirt it down our throats (only joking!) instead of swallowing a mountain of fish oil tablets. I was also surprised that there is actually a website for it - here.
WD-40 - just so you know what I am talking about!

Firstly what is WD-40 - other than having a funny name, and using fish oil?! Well it means Water Displacement Number 40 (silly old you not knowing that!) The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. It was created in 1953 by 3 technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'water displacement' compound (whatever that means!) They were successful with the fourtieth formulation (if at first you don't succeed then try, try again!) - hence WD-40. The Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. Ken East one of the founders (I hope they made loads of money!) says there is nothing in WD-40 that will hurt you.

So here are just a few uses - the website states there are over 2000! (I haven't test run ... but this will get you thinking!)

1. Spray on a spotty water-marked shower screens (plastic or glass!)
2. Protects silver from tarnishing
3. Removes road tar and grime from cars
4. Removes spray paint which has vandalised the duco of a car
5. Cleans and lubricates guitar 20 strings
6. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery
7. Keeps flies off cows (just what I need!)
8. Restores and cleans blackboards
9. Removes lipstick stains (useful for collars!)
10. Loosens stubborn zips (no comment!)
11. Untangles jewellery chains
12. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks and polishes up cook tops (no excuse now)
13. Removes dirt and grime  from the barbecue grill
14. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
15. Removes tomato stains from clothing
16. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble  floors
17. Keeps scissors working smoothly
18. Removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Just remember to open windows if you have a lot of marks (too much hooten annie square dancing in your house!)
19. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors (the only thing I have ever used if for!)

20. Remove dead insects or they will eat away the finish on your car
21. Remove crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean cloth
22. Lubricates sticking window tracks and makes them easier to open
23. Restores and cleans leather car dashboards 
24. Restores and cleans  roof racks on vehicles
25. Lubricates and  stops squeaks in electric fans.
26. Lubricates wheel sprockets (?!) on bicycles  
27. Lubricates fan belts and keeps them running smoothly
28. Keeps rust from forming on saws, saw blades and other tools.
29. Removes splattered grease on stove
30. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging
31. Lubricates prosthetic limbs (thank goodness I haven't needed to - yet)
32. Keeps  pigeons off the balcony (they hate the  smell) - I wonder if it works for possums?
33. Removes all traces of duct tape
34. Spray it on arms, hands and knees to relieve arthritis pain
35. WD-40 attracts fish so why not spray a little on live bait or lures 
36. Use it for gnat bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch
37. Spray garden posts around the sides to stop slugs/snails eating the plants
38. Removes chewing gum from everything

Sometimes 'mistake' inventions turn out to be amazing. Rather like the 3M Post-it Notes (discovered in 1968 because Dr Spencer Silver attempted to develop a super-strong adhesive but 'accidentally' created a low-tack reusable pressure-sensitive adhesive!)  Stories like Mistake Out (Tippex) (invented by Bette Nesmith Graham in 1956 to cover her mistakes on the typewriter. She sold the company to Gillette in 1979 for US$47.5 million - woo hoo) What a success! 

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