Super glue

  • Application:

    Super glue is a very handy adhesive to have around the house and garage. It has incredible tensile strength and can be used for everything from sticking down a loose shoe to fixing broken ceramics. But did you know that this useful compound has a long and interesting history that stretches back all the way to the 1940s?

    Back in the day, Dr Harry Coover of Kodak Laboratories was busy experimenting with resins, trying to find a very clear type of plastic that could be used to manufacture extra-accurate gun sights (the bit that is used to aim at the target). The compound that would eventually become super glue a type of cyanoacrylate) didn't quite fit the bill and was put aside as Dr Coover continued his experiments. Having gathered dust for six years, the formula was later resurrected from obscurity when Dr Coover had an idea that it might be useful in manufacturing airplane canopies. It was rejected yet again.

    But Dr Coover wasn't finished just yet. He finally grasped the compound's potential to be a very effective adhesive and set about developing it as such. It was in 1959 that super glue got its first airtime on a show called 'I've Got a Secret', where the incredible array of uses thereof was illustrated to a dumbstruck public.

    And then, in 1966, super glue actually started saving lives. Although doctors strictly advise against this use today*, the compound was used during wartime (Vietnam specifically) by a specially-trained medical research team to stem blood flow from wounds during battle. In the heat of battle medics often didn’t have the time to bandage wounds in the traditional way, and super glue seemed to be the answer. It gave the medics a way of quickly closing a gaping wound and bought them some time on the way to the hospital. In this way super glue saved many lives.

    I bet you never knew that little tube of glue came such a far way to be in your kitchen drawer did you?

    *Never use super glue for any other purpose than indicated on the packaging.

  • Measurements: 1g and 3g
  • Code: HSTM520