Internet guy who believes in the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
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.