Today’s Accidental Invention…Silly Putty

During World War II, engineer James Wright was tasked with inventing a cheap alternative to synthetic rubber. While working on finding a substitute, Wright dropped boric acid into silicone oil and discovered that the resulting product was stretchy and bouncy, with the added bonus of being able to copy words from newspaper clippings and comic strips. However, Wright’s employers weren’t impressed by his “nutty putty,” and it wasn’t until a few years later that businessman Peter Hodgson saw the potential in it.

kid holding silly putty

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