The Michelin Man is white is because rubber tires are naturally white. It wasn't until 1912 that companies started mixing carbon chemicals with the rubber to make black tires. This process is not an aesthetic change, but a structural one, making the tires stronger and durable. guide.michelin.com/us/en/…
Rubber From Taraxacum - a Chinese company, invested $450 million into making commercially viable rubber from dandelions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
In the β€œLife of Brian” scene where Graham Chapman reveals himself naked at a window to his adoring followers, fellow Python Terry Jones realised he lacked one crucial Jewish detail. A Strategically placed rubber band provided authenticity. chortle.co.uk/features/20…
Originally auto tires were white, but in 1917 tires had added Carbon black to increase a tire’s durability (blocking UV rays that can cause rubber to crack, and improving road grip). Carbo Black was initially supplied by Binney & Smith, the company that produced Crayola crayons! mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The KS-23 is a Soviet shotgun that was built from rejected 23 mm aircraft gun barrels. The weapon is technically a carbine but can be loaded with grenades, buck shot, rubber bullets, or flashbangs. It is the largest-bore shotgun in use today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KS-…
During World War 2, the US implemented a nationwide "Victory Speed Limit" of 35 mph to conserve gasoline and rubber for the war effort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
[] the base of bubblegum is made from synthetics, plastics, and rubber. youtube.com/watch?v=j893F…
King Leopold of Belgium had between 1-15 million Congolese people murdered while he exploited their area for rubber wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopol…
Despite being enemies, Germany traded optical glass to Britain in exchange for rubber during the First World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Michelin are so secretive about their tires that they don't patent the rubber compound they use so it can't be copied. caranddriver.com/features…
Tree resin (Elastomer or Rubber) was actually used around 1736 to make bouncing balls or to make waterproof shoes. It was then that it was discovered that it could β€œRUB” out pencil marks, hence the name β€œRubber”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Rubber balloons were invented by Prof. Michael Faraday, more famous for his discoveries in electromagnetism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Charles Goodyear is credited with inventing the chemical process to create and manufacture pliable, waterproof, moldable rubber. Goodyear was at the Eagle India Rubber Company where he accidentally discovered that combining rubber and sulfur over a hot stove caused the rubber to vulcanize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Canada had a counterfeit giant rubber duck at their 2017 sesquicentennial. Since 2007 artist Florentijn Hofman has created a series of giant rubber duck sculptures that have been on display at major events. In 2014 the duck designs were stolen and have been used for unauthorized giant ducks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
Traditionally bubblegums are made using tree resins, today most bubblegums are made from synthetic materials, such plastic and rubber. youtube.com/watch?v=2kttV…
The US was so short on rubber during WWII that it imposed a speed limit of 35mph to preserve car tires. It was called the "Victory Speed Limit". deseret.com/2009/2/17/203…
When during WWII the Japanese seized control of plantations amounting to more than 90% of rubber production, the US issued a nationwide driving maximum "Victory Speed" of 35mph to conserve rubber. The industrial synthetic rubber was eventually developed. ameshistory.org/content/w…
The rubber ball was invented atleast 3,600 years ago and was used by the Mesoamericans for various games including handball and hip ball en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
The term "tire", the rubber component of a vehicle's wheel, comes from the word "attire", from the idea that a wheel with a tire is a dressed wheel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tir…
Juicy Fruit gum has been produced since 1893. It used be plant based (chicle plant) but has been made from sythetic rubber since the 1960s. The flavor mix is a secret but one of the main ingredients is peach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jui…
Today I learned of Fordlandia, a suburban town built in the Amazon Rainforest by Henry Ford in 1928 with aims to control the rubber market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The name "sneakers" originally referred to how quiet the rubber soles were on the ground, in contrast to noisy standard hard leather sole dress shoes. Someone wearing sneakers could "sneak up" on someone while someone wearing standards could not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sne…
In 1992, 28800 rubber duckys fell off a cargo ship in the middle of the ocean, and some of them even made it to Hawaii! (17000 miles away!) edition.cnn.com/2013/10/0…
Modern chewing/bubble gum base is made of plastics and rubbers youtu.be/2kttVyakHN4?t=28
Vulcanizing rubber joins all the rubber molecules into one single humongous molecule. In other words, the sole of a sneaker is made up of a single molecule. pslc.ws/macrog/exp/rubber…
Today I learned about E.D. Morel, the shipping clerk who revealed Belgium's atrocities in the Congo. He noticed shipments of ammunition going to the Congo, and coming back with ivory and rubber. His superiors offered him a promotion in exchange for his silence. He refused, quit his job, and became a journalist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Michel Lotito, aka Monsieur Mangetout, was a French artist who was specialized in eating non-edible things like iron or rubber. The biggest thing he ate was a plane, which took him 2 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Coastal rubber boas are native to southwestern Canada and the northwestern US. They are considered the most docile of boa species and are often used to help people overcome their fear of snakes. There are no reports of rubber boas ever biting a human under any circumstance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The rubber coating of the sonar dome of the USS Stein was attacked by a giant squid, the evidence of which points to a squid larger than any discovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Rubber, the material, got its name on 1770 when Joseph Priestley noted that a piece was extremely good for rubbing off pencil marks on paper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Henry Ford bought an area of Brazilian rainforest the size of Connecticut to build 'Fordlandia', the greatest rubber plantation known to man, where alcohol, women and football were banned. It produced almost no rubber, immediately descended into rioting and disease, and was abandoned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The term "rubber match" comes from 16th century lawn bowling, where a team can be eliminated if they "rub" against the white target ball rubbernews.com/article/20…
New tires have little rubber hairs on them as a byproduct of the manufacturing process and that those hairs do not have any practical purpose or benefit for the tire. autoblog.com/2015/11/12/w…
Modern chewing gum is made from plastic and rubber youtube.com/watch?v=2kttV…
Roots of a rubber tree species in India known as The Ficus Elastica are so strong that sometimes they join each other and create hanging bridges for locals to pass atlasobscura.com/places/r…
A snuffle mat is made from fabric strips tied to a rubber mat. The mats are meant to hide treats for your dog inside the curly fabric strips. Snuffle mats combine a scenting game with mental stimulation for dogs which have a sense of smell up to 100 million times a human. cuteness.com/13717710/wha…
The underbelly membrane of lobsters is the toughest material of all natural hydrogels, including collagen, animal skins, and natural rubber. The membrane is about as strong as industrial rubber composites, such as those used to make car tires, garden hoses, and conveyor belts. phys.org/news/2019-02-lob…
Houston Zoo passed off a rubber coral snake as a real one in 1984. chron.com/news/houston-te…
Today I learned of FordlΓ’ndia, Brazil. Henry Ford's ill-advised attempt to build his own city in the jungle in 1927 to harvest rubber trees. Resulting in catastrophic failure , shortly before the development of synthetic rubber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Big name chewing gum is made up of rubber and plastics sciencefocus.com/science/…
Morton Thiokol, the company that made the o-rings that caused the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, began in 1926 when two chemists poured some chemicals into a sink. The chemicals formed a sticky mess they couldn't remove; a synthetic rubber they later called Thiokol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
FIFA 2001 and Gran Turismo 2 for the Playstation included "Scratch and Sniff" discs. When rubbed, the Gran Turismo disc would smell like rubber in a pit lane, and the FIFA 2001 disc would smell like a soccer field. vgfacts.com/game/granturi…
In 1900 a young clerk at a British shipping company observed a fortune in rubber returning from the Congo while only guns and manacles were being sent in return. He correctly deduced that these resources were being extracted from the population by force and campaigned to expose the abuses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Today I learned about rubber duck debugging, where programmers work out problems in their code by explaining them out loud to a rubber duck client-server.com/blog/20…
The β€œgum base” listed as an ingredient in most chewing gum is a mixture of synthetic rubbers and plastics. Depending on the type, this makes up between 15% and 30% of the gum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
Rubber bullets were invented by the British Ministry of Defence for use against rioters in the Troubles in Northern Ireland, first used there in 1970 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
An indigenous Mexican woman from the Tarahumara community won a 50km race featuring 500 runners from 12 countries while wearing a skirt and sandals made from tyre rubber bbc.com/news/world-latin-…
In 1992, shipping containers with around 28,000 rubber ducks were lost in the Pacific Ocean. Ducks are still being found today. npr.org/2011/03/29/134923…
Hollow caltrops can be used to puncture self-sealing rubber tires. The hole in the center allows air to escape even if the other end of the tube is sealed by soft ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…

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