Dec 12, 2000

The United States War Production Board asked General Electric to synthesize a cheap substitute for rubber in the 1940s. James Wright, a wacky engineer at GE, kind of veered off the path and came up with a pliant compound that didn't really do anything and wasn't actually what they had asked for. But James was obviously a genius because that "pliant compound" became Silly Putty. Americans buy more than 2 million eggs of Silly Putty per year. Imagine how much the French must buy.

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