Thursday, December 18, 2008

Story Behind Super Glue Post

December 18, 2008

Hi, Stone here. In Narval's last post, he discussed having his lips glued together. The sad part about this is that when I did a web search on the subject, I found a possible cure for the problem. That tells me that someone had accidentally glued their lips together.

I based the last story on an event that occurred in my youth. In this case, a waitress at my father’s accidentally glued her fingers together.

Around 1976 or so, a new product came to market for public use. It is my understanding that the glue has been around since 1959. Yet, at the beginning of 1976, I remember hearing news reports about many cases of people accidentally gluing their fingers together.

Julie (not real name) wanted to see how good the glue worked. She glued a part of a tennis shoe back on. When she completed the task, she lifted up her right hand and gave the “okay” sign (lightly touching tips of the index finger and thumb together forming an ‘o.’ The other three fingers remaining straight.).

Not realizing she had gotten glue on her fingers, she barely touched the two digits together. She found her index finger and thumb stuck to one another. She called for help and my older brother obliged. You should have seen her eyes pop out of her head when he came out of the kitchen carrying a large butcher knife. She said that she wanted to separate her finger from her thumb, not have her finger cut off.

I am happy to say that they got them apart without cutting a finger or thumb off.

Oh, by the way, according to several web sites, the best way to break the bond of gluing your fingers together is by using warm soapy water.

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