Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Silly Putty's WW2 Origins
The title of this post on the National World War II Museum site may be slightly misleading, in that it led me to think that Silly Putty was both invented during WW2, and served some purpose during the war effort. Stranger things have happened. Only the latter is accurate. Like many other great inventions, Silly Putty was an accident: a failed attempt to create artificial rubber (certainly useful to the war effort) that bounced when accidentally dropped, so meriting a patent. The rest is history.