MARCH / early spring 2012 issue

This is HUGE news:

For years, we've been saying that duct tape was invented for the United States Military during World War II by the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division. Its first use was to keep moisture out of ammunition cases. All of which is pretty much true... but we just received this additional information that tells more of the story. The origins of duct tape may actually lead to a woman...

Dixon, Illinois Ordnance Plant worker Vesta Stoudt, may lay claim to the idea that led to the birth of duct tape during World War II.

(from the Chicago Sunday Tribune, October 24, 1943)

Vesta Stoudt, …went to work at the Green River Ordnance plant in Dixon, IL., because she had two sons in the Navy and wanted to help them.  She was assigned to inspect and wrap cartridges used to fire rifle grenades. The cartridges were packed in small boxes which were waxed and taped to protect them against moisture. The tape, made of this paper, included a paper tab which a soldier could jerk to open the box quickly.

It was a simple process; about the last that anyone might have though could be improved or changed.
But Mrs. Vesta Stoudt, the mother with two Navy sons, was different; she had an alert eye and an imaginative mind. She noted that the paper tab was weak. It tore away from the tape which was supposed to come off with it. This would compel a soldier to dig to open a box of cartridges.
Seconds are precious when an enemy is luring. How much better would it be if the tab were made of strong cloth, Mrs. Stout thought.

[When Mrs. Stout related her idea to her superiors] they said, "Oh, forget it. Don't be silly. The government knows what it's doing. You can't do anything about the government."

"Well, the government can make mistakes as well as anyone else," Mrs. Stoudt snapped back.
Whereupon Mrs. Stoudt wrote to President Roosevelt. After explaining her suggestion, she said to the President: "Now your son, my son, and our neighbor's son must pull this tape off some way. perhaps with his teeth or his knife, if he is luck enough to have one - nice chances out of ten he hasn't any. The enemy has time to kill hundreds of our men, while they have been trying to open the box to get the cartridges.

"We can't let them down by giving them a box of cartridges that takes a minute or two to open, enabling the enemy to take lives that might be saved had the box been taped with strong tape that can be opened in a split second. Please, Mr. President, do something about this at once; not tomorrow or soon, but now. We packed nearly 10,000 today on my shift and all wrong."

Mrs. Stoudt learned that the army's Ordnance Department works fast. In about two weeks she was informed by Co. S. R. Stribling of the Office of Chief of Ordnance at Washington that her suggestion had been put into effect. "This office wishes to thank you for your excellent suggestion and will give careful consideration to any future suggestions you may offer," Co. Stribling wrote her. "It is cooperation of this type the will win the war."

So there you have it - more information than we could ever find when researching the history of duct tape seventeen years ago for our second book (even when we contacted the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division (originally, Revolite Corporation until 1947 when it was renamed the Industrial Tape Corporation - in 1953 the name was changed to Permacel), the manufacturers of the original "duct" tape). Thanks to Kari Santo for providing us with this can find it. - The Duct Tape Guys

Aside from the interviews that we do on radio and television in every town we visit, we are the go-to guys to get the straight facts about all things duct tape. We just did a LONG interview about military uses for duct tape for the Military Times magazine(s). In that interview, we broke our new-found news about the the FEMALE INVENTOR OF DUCT TAPE (above). And, we did an interview about duct tape crafting and trends in duct tape for Associated Press. We'll post the articles as soon as we get the links. In the meantime, you can see some submitted military uses in our PX section, and get some great crafting ideas from our fashions, fashion accessories and art pages.

Speaking of television... this is still under [duct tape] wrap, but stay tuned for exciting news about a Duct Tape Guys' television show... We'll let you know as soon as the contract is signed.

this issue - some entires from our hmo on a roll page:
Emergency Bone Relocator I was at my hockey practice the other day and i got checked and my wrist bone popped out the team doctor wrapped some duct tape around my wrist, left some slack, counted to 5, then pulled the slack and the bone pooped into place. I was able to play in the game the following day. And the tape served as a good cast until i got a real one. Heck it was real enough to me! - John

Jim's son's knuckle bandage On the way to the airport for some duct tape evangelism, we stopped to meet Jim's son for lunch. After which his son, Sam (sorry, girls, he's taken), was transfering some stuff to his trunk and sliced a nasty chunk out of his knuckle on something on the trunk lid... It was a bleeder! Out came Tim's hand sanitizer, a tissue and Jim's roll of duct tape. So far, Sam's not dead. Must have worked.

Best Eye Patch Ever I had surgery on my left eyelid for an entropion (the eyelid turns inward and the lashes scrape the surface of the eye) about 6 years ago. Ever since that surgery, my eyelid no longer remains closed while I sleep. I tried at least a hundred different types of adhesive eye patches and tape, all of which either took off hunks of skin in the morning when I took it off, or did not stay on through the night. Out of desperation, I tried duct tape, and it worked perfectly. It stays on through the night and comes off without tissue trauma in the morning--I've been using it every single night for 6 years, and without it, I probably would have lost my eye. - Ben, Boston, MA

Horse Bandage I am a veterinarian - I specialized in horses. You want a bandage to stay on a horse? Some horses will not stay bandagedno matter what you do either because the horse is not a good bandage citizen or else because the injury is just someplace that is not amenable to bandaging. Put a cover dressing over the wound. Spray the surrounding area with WD-40. Apply duct tape over the cover dressing and sprayed area. Apparently the WD-40 melts the glue on the duct tape just enough to make it
permanently bond to the hair underneath. DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ARE IN TO CHANGING BANDAGES EVERY WEEK OR SO! This is for those field horses that you only get to see once and then never can catch again. The bandage will not come off until the hair falls out and you will earn an equine enemy for life if you try to take the bandage off before most of the hair has shed underneath it. - John H.

As usual, I've been painting. I just posted a video of my latest painting - done to music composed and performed by our friend, Eric Moeckel... odd and creative stuff - just perfect to paint an abstract to. So here... take a look at the video to hear the tune and see how I interpreted it.

You can see more of my art at

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Dyslexic poets write inverse.
My car is a status symbol. The symbol of me being poor!
Insanity: a small price to pay for sheer brilliance!
I have an IQ in the top 2%. Who cares about the other 95%?
I can’t get enough minimalism.
Sanity is back-ordered. Sarcasm is in unlimited supply.
I’m not bossy, I just know what you should be doing.
I’m so far behind, I thought I was first.
I am the English Teacher about whom your mother warned you.
That’s irrelevant, and irrelevant never forgets.
I’m 33 1/3 RPM in an iPod world.
Apathy: I could take it or leave it.
I don’t know why I’m even out of bed.
My child serves honor rolls at Baker College.
If life gives you peanuts, make peanut butter.
Beer is now cheaper than gas. Drink, don’t drive!
If I’m talking, everyone should be taking notes.
Faster than a speeding ticket.
Better half a slogan…
Ham radio operators do it with greater frequency.
I have a perfect body. It’s your vision that’s defective.
Well, at least the war on the environment is going well.

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Just be happy I’m not a twin.
You probably don’t recognize me without the cape.
Don’t believe everything you think.
Without geometry, life is pointless.
Stable relationships are for horses.
Just say NO to negativity.
I thought I was indecisive; now I’m not so sure.
I read the Constitution for the articles.
Squirrels – nature’s speed bumps.
National Spellling Bee Runer-Up
The winner of the rat race is still a rat.
Dyslexics Untie!
Custer wore an Arrow shirt.
I’m pink, therefore I’m SPAM.
Be alert. The world needs more lerts.
I didn’t climb to the top of the food chain to become a vegetarian!
Alcohol and calculus don’t mix. DON’T DRINK AND DERIVE!
I didn’t believe in reincarnation in my last life, either!
Life is too short to worry about how short life is.
Excess is never too much in moderation.
My mind is like a steel trap. Rusty and illegal in most states.
Think globally, Act galactically.
Iambic pentameter in motion.
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother.
Help your local Search & Rescue. Get lost!
Never believe generalizations.
The generation of random numbers is too important to leave to chance.
I don’t think, therefore I am not.
Avoid alliterations always.
Dyslexics are teople poo.
Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.
If it ain’t broke, take it apart and fix it.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
The control key on the keyboard does not work.
The meek shall inherit the earth, after we’re through with it.
Being “over the hill” is much better than being under it!
Wrinkled was not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up.
Lawyers have feelings too (allegedly).
If you believe in telepathy, think about honking.
I’m retired. Go around me.
Rock is dead. Long live paper and scissors.
Knowledge is power, and power corrupts. So study hard and be evil.
Veni, Vidi, Velcro. I came, I saw, I stuck around.
On the journey of life, I choose the psycho path.
Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.
I am not infantile, you stinky poopyhead.
I had the right to remain silent, but I didn’t have the ability.
To err is human, to blame it on somebody else shows management potential.
If you can read this, I’ve lost the trailer!
Practice safe lunch: Use a condiment.
What we need is a patch for stupidity!
Follow that car, Godzilla – and step on it!
I fought the lawn, and the lawn won.
I always finish what I st
Rehab is for quitters.
Suburbia: Where they tear out the trees and name streets after them.
The trouble with life is there’s no background music.
Quoting one is plagiarism. Quoting many is research.
Therapy is expensive. Popping bubble wrap is cheap. You choose.
Gravity: It’s not just a good idea. It’s the law.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
If you are what you eat, I’m fast, cheap and easy.
Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.
Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
Warning: Dates on calendar are closer than they appear.
I’m supposed to back up my hard drive, but how do I put it into reverse?
Chaos, panic, and disorder – my work here is done.
How do I set a laser printer to stun?
I’m not tense, just terribly, terribly alert.
If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen.
Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye opener.
Above all else, sky.
The trouble with the gene pool is that there’s no lifeguard.
My mother is a travel agent for guilt trips.
I’m going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes.
A day without sunshine is like night.
First things first, but not necessarily in that order.
Old age comes at a bad time.
In America, anyone can be president. That’s one of the risks you take.
I R S: We’ve got what it takes to take what you’ve got.
Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off now.
Life would be easier if I had the source code.
I fish, therefore I lie.
Smile, it’s the second best thing you can do with your lips.
I took an IQ test and the results were negative.
Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
It’s lonely at the top, but you eat better.
Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Taxation WITH representation isn’t so hot, either!
What if the hokey pokey is really what it’s all about?
If at first you don’t succeed, call it version 1.0!
All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.
Archaeologists will date any old thing.
If you’re happy and you know it see a shrink.
I drive the speed limit. If you don’t like it, call a cop!
Keep the dream alive: Hit the snooze button.


You know when the numbers on the bomb are going down and the people in the movie are frantically trying to deactivate it before it goes to zero and blows up? That's kind of how I feel when I ask my wife to tell me what's wrong and she says, "You mean you don't know?!!"

Ok, apparently that red heart thing on food can also mean that it is healthy. I won't make that mistake again next Valentine's Day.

I am glad that cheese balls come in those 50-gallon drums but it certainly makes them harder to hide in your house.

Presidents' Day is tough. I am not sure of the proper way to celebrate Martin Van Buren.

Cool thing to do at IKEA. Go into the model apartments, get a book from the display shelf, sit on the toilet in the model bathroom and read it. Freak out when people come by and look in on you. Then complain to a person who works there that the door to the bathroom won't close. You could also quietly tell them that the toilet wouldn't flush either. True story.

You know who must be very happy every time Apple comes out with a new computer design? The people that make those fake computers they use for the displays at IKEA.

I forgot to buy ginkgo.

I bet that Otzi, the iceman, never imagined that a museum would feature a whole display of his everyday carry.

Stop, drop, ROTF.

Actual warning on my new sunglasses:
This product is not suitable for direct viewing of the sun.
NOW they tell me!

I break brick in two
I use only my bare hands -
Haiku Karate

Whenever I am in a mall and have time to kill, I like to pick certain people out of the crowd and try to imagine what their screen names are in the adult chat rooms. Yesterday I saw "ChunkyLover54".

Developing healthy habits really pays off as we get older. Yesterday I was driving in town when I suddenly realized I had forgotten to put my seatbelt on. I just felt naked without it. Then I realized I had forgotten to put my clothes on. - Thanks to Dudley D.

Dale's Website Discoveries (well, discovery actually)

I leave you with this one. No comment, just the link.

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