More than likely, you have a can of WD-40 sitting in your garage.
But did you know that WD-40 was originally invented to help protect missiles?
WD-40, which stands for water displacement 40, was first used in the aerospace industry in 1953 to prevent missiles from rusting.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Aerospace contractor Convair first used WD-40 to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile, the nation’s first operational intercontinental ballistic missile, from rust and corrosion, the website said.
Apparently, the stuff worked for so many other uses that employees were sneaking it home. Rocket Chemical Company founder Norm Larsen worked on a way to put the solvent in aerosol cans so the rest of the world could benefit from its uses. Eventually, he succeeded and in 1958, WD-40 hit store shelves.
It’s always interesting to learn the backstories on products that we use on a regular basis.
The next time you shake your can of WD-40, remember that it was first used to protect American missiles.
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