How did they come up with the name for duct tape?
shoe, and constructing a Frisbee (100% duct tape, of course). Not long ago, The USA Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was ridiculed for suggesting the use of duct tape during a terrorist attack. We can't imagine why.
Duct tape was originally manufactured for the U.S. military during World War II by the Johnson & Johnson Permacel division, to prevent water from seeping into ammunition boxes. Because "water rolled off it like a duck" (it was waterproof) and because it was made using "cotton duck" (similar to the material in cloth medical tapes), the new invention was originally called "duck tape." In the booming postwar
era, its versatility made it a standard component of any handyman's toolkit; however, its most high-profile use was connecting heating and air conditioning ducts. Thus, "duck tape" became "duct tape." Ironically, the tape is now considered ineffective for ductwork and banned by most building codes.
But the "duck tape" moniker still lives on as a registered trademark of the Duck(r) brand company. So if you love duck tape, join the club.
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