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djgordy
48913.  Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:16 pm Reply with quote

A gaffer is the head electrician on a movie set and gaffer tape is a kind of insulting tape. Ermm....I mean insulating tape.

 
Jenny
48917.  Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:34 pm Reply with quote

But it was originally known as duck tape, not duct tape. This is Wikipedia's account, which chimes with the version I've heard of this over here:

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Duct tape, originally known as duck tape, is a strong, fabric-based, multi-purpose adhesive tape, usually silver or black in color, although many other colors, including transparent, are also available, and is usually 1.88 inches wide. It was originally developed during World War II in 1942 under the name "Duck Tape" as a waterproof sealing tape for ammunition casings. Permacel, then a division of Johnson & Johnson, used a rubber-based adhesive to help the tape resist water and a fabric backing to facilitate ripping. Because of these properties, it was also used to quickly repair military equipment, including jeeps, guns, and aircraft.

After the war, the housing industry boomed and people started using duct tape for many other purposes. The name "duct tape" came from its use on heating and air conditioning ducts, a purpose for which it, ironically, has been deemed ineffective by the state of California and by building codes in most other places in the U.S. (which means professionals are restricted from using it in systems they install, but do-it-yourselfers are not). However, metallized and aluminum tapes used by professionals are still often called "duct tapes"


So it was called duck tape, not because it was anything to do with sealing ducts (to which it is not well suited) but because it was waterproof.

 
Archaenon
48934.  Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:47 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
But it was originally known as duck tape, not duct tape. This is Wikipedia's account, which chimes with the version I've heard of this over here:

Quote:

It was originally developed during World War II in 1942 under the name "Duck Tape" as a waterproof sealing tape for ammunition casings. Permacel, then a division of Johnson & Johnson, used a rubber-based adhesive to help the tape resist water and a fabric backing to facilitate ripping.


So it was called duck tape, not because it was anything to do with sealing ducts (to which it is not well suited) but because it was waterproof.


Wow , what doesn't Johnson & Johnson make? I've been seeing lots of product's I did not know they had thier hand in recently. The same goes for Boeing now. Maybe I just haven't been paying enough attention to J&J.

 
Tas
48953.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:27 am Reply with quote

Duct Tape (aka many different brand names) is like The Force.
It has a dark side, a light side and it binds the universe together.

:-)

Tas

 
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49010.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:34 am Reply with quote

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Gray
49016.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:56 am Reply with quote

How to make a duct-tape wallet:

http://www.rpi-polymath.com/ducttape/duct_tape_wallet.html

A brief google lists many objects you can make from the stuff...

 
Gaazy
49033.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 9:55 am Reply with quote

Haven't we been all through this before? I remember posting the duck/duct explanations on the QI forums months ago, and there was a lively discussion about it then.

Either that, or I have the gift of prescience which I didn't know I had, and which, if I did, I would've. Wouldn't I?

 
Gray
49055.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:18 am Reply with quote

No, you're right - it was you in post 33004.

 
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49059.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:35 am Reply with quote

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Jenny
49068.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:23 pm Reply with quote

Given the price of cheap wallets and the price of duck tape these days, it might well be cheaper to go and buy a leather wallet made in China than make one out of American duck tape.

 
Gray
49074.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:37 pm Reply with quote

I have a wallet made out of £50 notes in which I keep my Duck Tape.

 
Quaint Idiot
49126.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:52 pm Reply with quote

Gaazy wrote:
Either that, or I have the gift of prescience which I didn't know I had, and which, if I did, I would've. Wouldn't I?


Not necessarily. Has anybody else been watching Britainís Psychic Challenge? (I donít blame you. Itís not very good.) They set tests for a group of psychics and at the end of each episode the judges eliminate from the competition the one they think has performed worst and also name the one they think did best. On the last program the presenter asked the winner for that week how she felt. ďAbsolutely shockedĒ, she said, which I thought should have disqualified her.

Sorry. Completely off topic, but it amused me.

 
djgordy
49128.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:59 pm Reply with quote

I knew it wouldn't be very good; but, then, I'm psychic.

 
Caradoc
49140.  Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:33 pm Reply with quote

Quaint Idiot wrote:
Not necessarily. Has anybody else been watching Britainís Psychic Challenge? (I donít blame you. Itís not very good.) They set tests for a group of psychics and at the end of each episode the judges eliminate from the competition the one they think has performed worst and also name the one they think did best. On the last program the presenter asked the winner for that week how she felt. ďAbsolutely shockedĒ, she said, which I thought should have disqualified her.

Sorry. Completely off topic, but it amused me.


Didn't they have a competition to decide who was going to be on the show, if I was running it I would have had one entrance test "turn up for the auditions on time & at the right place"

When & where?

Of course I wouldn't have got a wodge of cash for producing the tv show.

 
Gaazy
49147.  Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:48 am Reply with quote

The annual conference of the British Association of Psychics has been cancelled due to foreseen circumstances.

 

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