Don’t Panic! I’ve got it covered

Duct tape can be found in the tool box of any self-respecting handyman, but the versatile product’s potential extends far beyond home repairs. From its origins in the military to its popularity with NASA, here are some surprising facts about the reliable adhesive.

  • IT WAS INVENTED TO MEET A MILITARY NEED
  • THE NAME “DUCK TAPE” CAME FIRST
  • IT OWES ITS STICKINESS TO PHYSICS
  • YOU CAN’T USE IT IN DUCTS
  • DUCT TAPE HELPED SAVE APOLLO 13
  • IT HAS BEEN USED TO PREVENT INFECTION
  • AND A WHOLE LOT MORE
  • THERE’S AN ANNUAL DUCT TAPE FESTIVAL
  • THERE’S DUCT TAPE TO SUIT EVERY NEED
  • WEARING DUCT TAPE TO PROM COULD EARN YOU A SCHOLARSHIP

MENTAL FLOSS
10 Durable Facts About Duct Tape
BY MICHELE DEBCZAK