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The History of Duck Tape

Updated on December 4, 2013
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What is it?

What is strong enough to lift a car and suspend it in the air? Sticky enough to tape your baby to the wall and as waterproof as a duck's plumes?

Duck Tape!

Duck tape was invented in 1942 by The Industrial Tape Corporation, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which would later become Permacel. Permacel still exists in New Brunswick, New Jersey, but was sold by Johnson & Johnson in 1982.

Duck or Duct (whichever you prefer) is one of the most useful inventions of all time. Highly under rated by some and hailed in a glorious league of it's own by others, there is no denying that duck tape has changed and saved many lives.

Band Aid's were invented in 1920. Doctors wanted bigger band aids or tape that would hold the gauze packed in wounds in place. Inventors combined a poly-coat adhesive and a coat of polyethylene for it's waterproof properties added it to a base of medical tape and created Duck Tape in 1942 as part of the war effort. Soldiers used the heavy duty tape to keep their ammunition boxes dry and it was also found to be a great material for closing open wounds.

A fabric tape that is strong, durable yet can be simply torn into strips with your two hands. A miracle tool!

Duck or Duct?

Duck tape was found to have so many purposes that it did not lose popularity after WWII ended. Builders and construction workers began to use this tape for it's versatility and tenacity. The name "duck" would transition to "duct." It actually did not work well for the one use it's name is derived from. It failed miserably as tape for heating and air conditioning. It separated, shrunk and sprang air leaks when they tried to use it for duct work.

In 1972, Duck Tape gained notoriety when it was used to repair a fender on a Moonbuggy by Nasa Astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt. You can view and listen to the recording of Gene Cernan making his famous, miracle repair on the moon by visiting Nasa Science, Science News.

In 2010, a charter pilot and fisherman left some bait in their small airplane feeling pretty confident it wouldn't get stolen in the Alaskan Wilderness. Sadly they were mistaken. This time the bear busted in like Goldilocks, had lunch, broke the chair and headed west.

The pilot had another plane drop off a couple of tires and Duck Tape and he was flying back home lickety split.

Fashion Model's Secret Tool!

The top super models have confided one of their best kept secret tricks in the dressing room is Duck Tape. Not only can you repair furniture in the dressing room, it helps the models keep their chests from falling into their drawers. It also has the added advantage of no visible bra straps for the backless dresses.

Your teen can win a college scholarship in the "Stuck at Prom" contest!

Mythbusters: Puts it to the Test

Discovery Channel's Mythbusters put Duct Tape to the ultimate test. They were stranded on a deserted island with nothing except a pallet of Duck Tape. Among many other things they use it to make beds, nets, shoes, a water collection system and a boat!

The City of Washington Uses it!

Perfect for eviction notices too!
Perfect for eviction notices too! | Source

Make a Duct Tape Wallet

Kids love Duck Tape Too!
Kids love Duck Tape Too! | Source

Endless Uses

Duck Tape has been named one of the most useful tools invented of all time by Forbes.com for it's multiple uses. Racers often refer to it as 100 mile per hour tape for it's ability to quickly and effectively repair wrecked cars on the track. It can do everything from healing warts to making your wardrobe. You can even make it glow in the dark!

Duck Tape should always be included in every emergency tool kit or first aid kit. Backpackers commonly carry it and have compiled stories of how Duck Tape saved the day. Survivalists also include this as a must have in your disaster preparedness kit.

Not only can a roll of Duck Tape save your life or help you out of a jam, the new bright colors and designs can be used for an unlimited number of activties. Websites can be found that have instructional videos with tutorials for making Duck Tape flowers, clothes, flip flops, wallets, purses and many other creative art projects. I gave my kids rolls of colored Duck Tape and they each made wallets following the video instructions. They said it was lots of fun and it was very easy for them to do by themselves.

Duck Tape is so popular that there is an annual festival for enthusiasts in Avon, Ohio in June. This 3 day event features a parade with a contest for the best Duck Tape Float. The event is fun for all ages and registrants showcase their favorite Duck Tape trick.

While Duck Tape might be a true wonder with it's magical combination of duck cotton cloth and adhesive, it is little wonder why this fabric tape has woven itself around the world, from earth to space and into the hearts of all Americans.

It Glows in the Dark!

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    shelpeare 3 years ago

    Good to know. I guessed they may have "taped" their history as well. Lol.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Bobbi! Well weren't you guys trail blazers? Way ahead of your time! That was smart thinking! I used to have to hem my step dad's suit pants (he wore every day to work) and I remember being so excited when that iron on tape came out:) hahaha It wouldn't be handy to whip out at a Prom though!

    I hope you were silly - that just means you were having a GREAT time! I did so much crazy stuff - and I am so glad now....I still have a blast just remembering those days:)

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey VocalCoach - I know! I couldn't believe all the fancy colors and patterns. Now why didn't they think of that years ago? My girls are still having a blast playing with the colored duck tape. Maddy made another wallet and she is getting pretty good at roses. They didn't have ANY fun stuff like that when we were kids. And sometimes when my kids say they are bored....??? They wouldn't have made it in my childhood neighborhood! lol

    Thanks so much!

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    PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

    Hi,

    This is one great tool "Duct Tape" and I hemmed my girlfriend's "Prom Dress" with it in the locked room at the gym. Thank God it looked good---but if she sit the wrong way on her dress---she would stick to the chair.

    We had more fun laughing about the tape than we enjoyed our dates. They thought we were silly I am sure. This was years ago.

    I enjoyed this hub and the memory it brought back.

    Thanks,

    Bobbi

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    Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    This is just awesome Kelly. I enjoyed reading about the history of duck tape. I think its great that there are endless uses for this product. And who would have thought that with the addition of colors so bright and welcoming, flowers could be made from this plain roll of tape!

    Voted Up and across and sharing like mad. You're a winner Kelly!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you Sharyn! Hey I was so surprised about all the cute little crafts they make! It's so fun for the kids and heck, I use duck tape all the time. I used some last night to tape some wax paper down so it wouldn't flop and screw up my cake:) haha

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    Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Cool hub! I had no idea that Duct Tape was part of the war effort. Now I know people make stuff out of it but I never thought of flip flops, ha, I would love that. And your wallet, ah, very nice :) Fun hub with great research - as usual, nicely done!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh thank you so much for such a great compliment StayPos - why I have always been a fan of yours - you are truly positive! I love that in a guy:)

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    StayPos 5 years ago from Florida, USA

    Thanks, good to see you too! You’re crushing it here on Hubpages! Great job! Yes, I can see the headline now while congress continues to stall the economy picks up momentum on Duct Tape Home Construction Sales…hahaha :-)

    All the Best

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Well good to see you StayPos! Thanks a lot too - hey maybe I will start making plans to build a duck tape house! Wonder what the cost projection of the plan would be? hahaha

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    StayPos 5 years ago from Florida, USA

    Realhousewife,

    This was an awesome hub about everyone’s favorite "utility" material. It's so true about the multitudes of uses for duct tape. I wouldn't be surprised if one day someone tries to build a house out of it just to a point! Up and Awesome!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey right! I was getting my oldest a new uniform for Cathoilic school and I had it altered...the lady handed me a strip of cloth from hemming it and asked if I would like to have a matching headband made with it....since my kid was just being sassy in the car I said, "well how about a matching gag instead?" hahahha

    She didn't laugh but all the moms behind me DID! Hahaha

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    ROFLMAO @ "matching gags." Hahahaha!! Sometimes, sooooo tempting, is it not? ;-)

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey WB! I would have been truly surprised if you, being a pilot and a cowboy, did not have many uses for this product! Yeah - works for darned near anything. You can even make darn clothes out of it - heck even a pretty prom dress! So - I was thrilled with the awesome colors and actually many years ago I wondered why they didn't make it in several colors? Finally! Now I can make matching gags for my daughters outfits! hahaha

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    ha! That does not surprise me at all DzyMsLizzy - I could envision you with your thumb out (damn tape!) lol I would have known though - you had a roll tucked away somewhere in your arsenal! haha

    Yeah - it doesn't do well for a select few things, apparently it doesn't make a great seal for some things. So, gas disolved huh? lol Now we both know - thank you!!!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Marellen!! Good to see you! All is pretty good - and same to you:)!!

    Yeah I tell you - I come up with some interesting thoughts that lead to hubs watching late night t.v.! ahaha

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Stacy - You should check out the videos on youtube - there are so many your girls would have fun with. They are totally able to do those projects! Kept my girls entralled for hours! haha Now that is my favorite use!

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    Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

    And, just as you thought it could not get any better, as the song goes, "It comes in colors everywhere, It's like rainbow coming colors in the air!" Great story about an enduring product in our lives. I was caught at midnight in one of the largest hailstorms we have ever had here back in the early 90's...it beat the gutters off my house. It also broke both skylights in the living room at midnight and it was raining hard! I got up on a ladder and duck taped those skylights back together....didn't leak a drop the rest of the night. Not many products are that good! Thanks much! ~WB

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Verrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyy Interrrrrrrrrrestinnnnggggg....

    I grew up with only hearing "Duct" tape, and always thought that was the original, and "Duck" was either a knock-off brand or a misunderstanding of the word 'duct.'

    Thanks for providing the history of this wild product. It is, indeed, very useful. I currently have the ducting for my dryer vent suspended in a 'duck' tape sling hung from the washer's drain pipe, to keep it from becoming kinked on its way to the outside wall.....LOL

    One thing it doesn't seem to be is fuel-proof. I tried it once to repair a small leak in the gas line to the carburetor in an old car I had so I could get to the auto parts store....it didn't work. The gas was a perfect solvent for the adhesive, so I had to hitch a ride with a neighbor instead.

    Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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    marellen 5 years ago

    More than I ever wanted to know about duct tape. lol

    Do you know that it now comes in cute colors and designs too. I don't have much use for it but I have a role just encase. You should always be prepared. Thanks for your humor and your educational hub...........

    BTW!!! I hope all is well with you. Take care

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    Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    I was way off... I knew this was invented by the Military but I thought the original name was duct or maybe it was duck... now I am all confused. When we lived in Wisconsin, they have a place out in The Dells where you can ride the Ducks. They actually talk about Duck Tape there because of it's waterproof abilities.

    BTW - another fun craft to do with Duck Tape... make some belts. I was going to do some this summer because my kids are so skinny but I never got around to picking up some fun colors to make them. I might have to do it soon though. Would hate to see their pants falling down at school! :) Great hub!

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    lauramaryscott 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

    RealHousewife, years ago when I questioned the name of duct tape, it was explained to me the tape was used to seal the sheetmetal heating ducts under the house. Therefore, it was named duct tape and duct sounds like duck. When we went to Hawaii on vacation all of our luggage was decorated with duct tape. We fanned out around the spinner and when we each had our assigned piece of luggage in tow we raised our arms as a signal and then started following the leader with me bringing up the rear so we didn't lose any kids. It works well and no one else ever selected our luggage by accident. A friend who traveled a lot recommended I do that before we left on vacation. I am certainly glad I did. They have a new duct tape now, in colors, and it is stiffer and slick and I do not like it as well as the original gray stuff.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Simba - oh I did not know that it was used for that! Wow - I can never cease to be amazed by yet another great use for it! Thank you so much - it must be totally cool to surf! I would be afraid to do it - but I really like watching it:) LOL

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey BuyaBiz - Oh that's funny! I actually did read that at first the tape was green - to help camoflage ammunition boxes or like. After the war ended and industrialization took over they changed it to gray. I suppose we love things that match from duck tape to luggage:) lol

    My mom and I use it to mark our luggage to it't easier to identify when it's on the spinner:) lol

    Thank you so much for the comment!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Tammy! Thanks - my GOD I hope we don't have the same EX:) lol That is who first taught me the value of duck tape - he once used it to wrap around his shoe as the sole came apart when he was in the woods or something:) lol But hey - you just gave me one good thing to remember that I learned from him! lol

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    Simba73 5 years ago from UK

    A surfers best friend, this has kept me surfing on the good swell days for as long as I can remember,

    great tool for temporary ding repairs !!!

    Simba

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    BizVT34 5 years ago from USA

    Duct Tape is one of the 10 greatest inventions of our generation (maybe not but you get the idea)- A few years back I owned a company that distributed air conditioning and heating products. During the fall we stocked and sold enormous quantities of duct tape, our sales for duct tape in Oct/Nov would increase by 500% - 700%. The reason? We ordered camouflage duct tape and the technicians would buy it to wrap the stocks of their guns for deer season! As you might guess, my company was in Texas.

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    What a fun lesson. While this is a valuable tool, my ex used this tape to fix EVERYTHING.. including his glasses, the kitchen sink, a vehicle mirror that was knocked off my car by a fatal collision with a buzzard, you name it. There are a reasons why our ex's are ex's. This was a fun read!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Ruchira! Gosh it's always so nice to see your Avatar:) lol

    Yup - no human can go wrong having a roll of that duck tape - it's some amazing stuff!

    Thanks for the read, votes and comments!

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    i totally agree with you, kelly!

    Duck tape was the best invention by man :) so many uses and such a simple and cheap thingie.

    voted up as useful and interesting!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Mo! Good to see ya - bet you're super busy with school right now...I know I am - and I'm not even going back:) lol.

    I bet so many moms have found great uses for duck tape - it is such a great fixer for everything. And hey at our school - they do a contest and whoever wins gets to duk tape the prinicpal to the cafeteria wall! Lol

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    Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

    Hi Kelly! I FINALLY made it to your hub. Duck tape is a must have. It has saved me many times. Works great as a temporary fix when you need to quickly hem a pair of pants LOL seriously! It also saved me from buying new dance shoes (ballet) during the college years. I love the stuff and I even keep it in the classroom. I gotta keep it away from the students though - they might tape me up! Thanks for the interesting history lesson.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Lord - yeah watch out for the MIB - now trying to pass themselves off as Big Ezine dudes...right. They can't fool me!

    Thanks so much - I hope you have plenty of duck tape in your home and car! You never know when you might need to tape someone up!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Drbj! Now isn't that fancy? You can use Duck tape for just about anything - I sure do have some for the survival kit and I am bringing it to Mexico! That's all we need - duck tape, sun screen and Lela to translate! hahaha

    Thank you so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Mhatter99 - LOL You can't fool me - I bet you have a few rolls of duck tape up your sleeve!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Paula! I tell ya, I always say you can fix just about anything with the duck tape. Even when I was in my early 20's I had my own toolbox (I was a single girl) and yep - duck tape was IN it! haha Just the silver stuff - no fancy schmancy colors - so now it's awesome AND fun!

    Hey my kids are begging me to go get more (and I am today) so they can make more stuff! It kept them really busy for a few hours! You bet I will! lol

    Thanks so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Moonlake - hey no that makes me feel better. I am not the only female who is totally excited about colored duct tape:) LOL LOL Hey grab a roll of that fancy colored stuff and you won't be bored anymore! hahaha

    Yeah I would rather burn the tape than wear it for a bra!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    This was infamous great and we live mess than 20 min drive...actually less, but don't want some guys from the BIG-E knock our doors to make us answer to some questions of their own. Great research, even the story from the moon was awesome. I guess we will have them to mend broken hearts in the future.. since everything will be so artificial.

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    You know, Kelly, I always thought that duck tape was simply a pedestrian invention that held two objects together like the black duct tape I use to cover the black leatherette that has worn away from the arms of my 'real leather' desk chair.

    So it was amazing to learn its utilitarian value and efficacy in keeping 'one's chest from falling into one's drawers.' What an intriguing, innovative use!

    And what an intriguing, innovative hub! Thank you for the learning and the laughing, m'luv.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    In a lot of ways I am sorry that I read your wonder and thorough report. I was looking forward to learning why we need such a strong tape for a duck. :))

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Kelly......Duct tape! The greatest invention since shoes! May sound silly, but I don't know what I'd do without it. I LOVE that you can find it now in dozens of colors.......It really does seem that everyday, you can find another use for the stuff. It's amazing!!!! UP+++

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    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    We love duck tape in this house. My husband uses it for everything.

    A if weeks ago I was out shopping with friends. One friend was shocked that duck tape came in so many colors now. We were all talking about. You can see how boring our life is by what we talk about.

    Great hub enjoyed reading. Hate wearing my bra around the house maybe I'll just try duck tape. Voted Up.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Nate - thank you! I do think we all kind of take Duck Tape for granted - I had no idea it's uses were so wide and varied. Now that I do know - I feel everyone else should too! LOL

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Tsmog - now that is clever! I love giving cool gifts like that - most people don't think of those kind:) LOL I once gave my best friend a picture frame as a gift but I put a big ole 8 x 10 glossy of my smiling mug in it first! haha

    Thank you so much for the great comments - makes my day over here in St. Louis!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you so much Josh and now you know to go out and get some duck tape right away. It could be a life saver!

    I love Mythbusters - I watched that episode and they actually devoted a few entire episodes to duck tape. This was my favorite though!

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    Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

    Everybody's Dad could fix anything with Duct Tape! Very interesting hub, I did not know all that about Duct Tape; but I of course have seen it used since I was a little tot.

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    Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

    This article contains wonderful wit, interesting historical truths, many creative and at times odd discoveries. I enjoyed this read especially the high school usages. I've known of this wonderful product since '72 when I began a hobby/ short career running a A/Modified Production Camaro owned by a good friend. We know of Duct tape, "in its guise as "racer's tape", "race tape" or "100 mile an hour tape" has been used in motorsports for more than 40 years"

    Thank you for all the memories RealHouseWife. A great and wonderful article. An oddity of sorts is years back I would give money as a wedding gift and at least one colorful roll of duct tape as the gift. the note said something like "this should last a lifetime." Well, that is a bit of canard. At the beginning there was only silver and black to my knowledge.

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    Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Kelly,

    Very informative hub! I found this very interesting. I did not know anything about the history of duck tape(duct tape) lol.

    Thanks for enlightening me. I enjoyed the video about Mythbusters, what a unique and crazy show! I had never seen that episode. Thanks for sharing this hub Kelly. I have learned something new today!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi there Annette! Thank you so very much! I was so amazed about how much information, links, videos - there are about Duck Tape. Wow - no shortage of materials to choose from. And right who wouldn't want some of this - a roll for every drawer - heck some people even use it to line their cabinets and kitchen drawers. So no wonder it's a staple in homes everywhere. Some times the craziest topics work themselves into really fun hubs.

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    Annette R. Smith 5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

    What a fun and interesting read this morning! Duct tape is an indispensible item for any home's toolbox. It has so many great uses. Thanks for publishing this, Kelly; voted up and awesome!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey lauramaryscott - thank you! This, I struggled with a little bit. It was hard to actually write about Tape but Duck tape was a lot easier to get excited about than I thought! LOL

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    ha! That is great! Yeah in the diaper bag! Hey - you could probably even fashion a diaper out of it in a pinch - it is waterproof! lol

    I know I grew up having to drive junk cars and stuff - I always had duck tape. I carried a screwdriver in my purse all the time too. I had just started working at this new title company once, and all the girls in the office were really "girly". lol This one file cabinet had a bent track and when I tried to open it - the secretary tells me "watch out! It's broken - it might fall out on you! The maintenance guy is taking forever to fix it."

    So I looked in there and could see the problem and I whipped out my small flat head and popped it out and boom. Worked smooth again but when I turned around, still holding that screwdriver the secretary looks at me and says, "ok now I am scared. What kind of woman carries a screw driver in her purse?"

    I was like "a smart one!" lmao I was still working at two facilites that were sleep labs and the main part of my job was fixing broken equipment. I was never without a screw driver and duck tape! LOL LOL

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    lauramaryscott 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

    RealHousewife, an excellent article/graphics/video. The Red Green Show on PBS uses duct tape in comical ways. Thanks for doing all the research and sharing with us.

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    Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    My pleasure, Kelly and I grew up with the stuff! Dad always made sure I had a roll in my glovebox and now I keep it in my backpack as well as my truck. Would you believe, when I had a diaper bag, we had a roll in there too? :) Hey, those diaper tabs break ya know! :)

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Terrye - now I knew you would be a woman who is savvy and resourceful enough to know about the Duck Tape. I do think every good housewife should have a small arsenal of the stuff - in every color! Heck it's waterproof! LOL

    Thanks so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Petersavage - I am sorry - my reply button wasn't working quite right this morning - so I have to thank you way down here! lol

    Thank you so much!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Susan! Thank you:) And hey - I wouldn't be using it for no bra! No way...I just have the Victoria's secret one that you can change the strap a zillion ways. Or they have clear straps now too - that looks fine.

    Hey - maybe I could use a big old strip to counter act gravity and hold my butt up? hahaha

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Lela! Oh wow now there is a creative idea...and when I watched the Mythbusters episode I kept thinking about how great it works as a rope like material as well. This tape really is one of the best inventions ever I think. I have heard so many people say, "all you need to fix your problems is a roll of duck tape" so many times. Now I know why! And hey I think that guy in Austin downtown - the Tin Man guy - yeah he had a bunch of that on too. Great if you live in Oz!

    Thanks for the read, comment and votes!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey peoplepower - wow now see - didn't think of that one! What a great use! I bet it would take the cactus needles out - pretty clever! Thank you for adding that nifty little tip!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey bridalletter - now that is a super COOL idea! Duck tape would make a perfect stocking stuffer or little gift to a person of any sex or age!

    My girls loved that colored duck tape - they are already asking when they can try to make some of the other things! Who knew?

    Thanks so much!

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    Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    What a cool hub, Kelly! I loved it; the history of my favorite tape, the uses, the 'tricks,' all of it! Great idea for a hub! :) VUMS!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    That is funny Susan because I do have tons of Duck tape around here - colors, patterns, and plain old gray. I did have to turn all the lights out and try to see if it glows and it really does! LOL Dave was like "WTH are you doing?" haha I said, "shh watch I gotta magic trick - you might disappear not sure what's gonna happen!" LOL

    It is a pretty hot ticket item and one we for sure will be taking to Mexico in our apocalypse survival kit:)

    Thank you so much!

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    Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

    Kelly, I am so glad you wrote this. I have a wart I wanna get rid of. Not to sure I want it to hold the girls up, though, because it would have to come off sometime - OUCH! LOL I did not know it actually started out as "duck" tape. As you described above, after WWII, it became known as "duct" tape when the workers started using it for that purpose.

    I have had students who were artists with duct/duck tape. Purses and dresses, as you have shown above. It is an amazing product. No home should be without it.

    Have you ever watched the Red Green Show. He fixes everything with duct tape. LOL

    Great hub. Votes and shares!!

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    Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I should probably figure out how to make a dream catcher out of it :-)

    Duck tape would make some interesting woven baskets I'll bet. I think I might check it out.

    Great hub, voted up, up and away!

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    Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

    My wife got to close to one of those cactus that has hair like needles that get in your skin. A fireman told us to use duck tape to remove the needles...and it worked! Great hub, voting up, useful, and sharing.

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    Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

    A Household necessity. I love that flamingo color you found. I put a roll in the box of goodies I gave my boyfriend on fathers day. I have to check that club out, that has to be interesting.

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    This weekend while on my cruise around Walmart I'll make sure to check out the Duck Tape section because I want the colored stuff too. I swear we must have ten rolls of the grey stuff kicking around the house. Garth made a wallet a few years back and he still uses it now and again. I'll have to let him know there's a Duck Tape Club.

    I'm off to go grab some duck tape and turn the lights off. I want to see it glow:)

    Up +++

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    petersavage 5 years ago from Australia

    Excellent read, I had a good laugh!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Melovy! Hey that Duck tape is some special stuff - I actually was so surprised at just how popular it is.

    I went to Wal-Mart and they have so many cool colors now. I know your little creative daughter would love those project videos. It kept my girls entertained for a couple of hours on the wallets...I'm getting some more! Lol

    Those super models really go through some bad sounding junk to look pretty! I'll just wear my same old underwear that's comfy:) LOL

    Thanks so much:)

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    Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

    My morning has barely begun and already I know more than I did a few minutes ago. I loved the plane in Alaska story!

    We've held all sorts of things together with duck/duct tape. Usually the boring grey variety. I did not know it came in so many colours. Will need to check that out!

    Makes me glad I'm not a supermodel though!

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thomas! Hahahaha! Yeah I did think of a few "kits" for different enthusiast but please - I'm trying to get a little self respect! I'm being decent here - just for today though. It's like. 24 hour special. Tomorrow - it's back to the bitch for me! Damn it!

    Ya have Amazon envy now doncha? Lol I knew you would!

    Thanks a whole bunch for being you TY:)

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    ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

    Kelly,

    I was immediately reminded of that old saying..."Kidnapping is just saying I love you with duck-tape."

    You my friend are awesome! This is a delightfully concise and informative look at the wonder and magic that is duck-tape. Although I knew it originated during the war, I lost track of its history afterward...you found so much information!! oh...lol..."stop their chests from falling into their drawers." (nice)

    I'm sharing this far and wide!

    Thomas

    PS...Oh yes...I noted and liked the amazon placement!