Imagine this. You’re standing outside of your front door with your keys in hand, desperate to get inside the house (perhaps you’re being chased by a ghost, or an unwanted neighbor), but the lock just won’t budge and you’re forced to have a tedious conversation with said annoying neighbor.
Or perhaps Her Majesty the Queen of England is coming over to visit (along with William, Kate, and little baby Louis – obviously), and you suddenly realize all of your silverware look dull and lusterless. What do you do?
Well, apparently WD-40, or “the can with thousands of uses,” actually does have quite a lot of uses around the house, in the yard, and even on your car. The multi-use product is the 40th version of a special blend of lubricant materials, combined with anti-corrosion agents used for water displacement – hence its name, WD-40.
If it all sounds like gibberish to you, it basically means it will either move, or remove, almost anything you desire. It was even rumored to treat and cure arthritis. While that is, of course, completely false (and please don’t try it at home, folks), it can be used for so many things, it actually has a fan club of over 100,000 members, sharing tips and uses for the product.
WD-40 was made available for purchase in San Diego, California – where it originated from – back in 1958, and by 1965 was used by airlines like Delta and United for airplane maintenance. Since then, consumers have thought of every possible way of using the legendary, secret formula. A bus driver in Asia used it to remove a snake that had coiled itself under his bus. Police officers used it to remove a thief who was somehow trapped in an air-con vent.
The useful product has become somewhat of a star. It’s been featured in books like The Big Damn Book of Sheer Manliness, Polish Your Furniture With Pantyhose, and WD-40 for the Soul: A Guide To Mending Everything. It was even featured in the movie Spy Hard in 1996, as Leslie Nielsen’s character was called agent Dick Steele (also known as Agent WD-40).
WD-40 is one of those products that can literally save lives (okay, we’re being slightly over dramatic), but many people aren’t aware of the wide variety of possibilities in which they can use it to make their lives easier. Well, we’re here to tell you there are a lot of those – perhaps more than you think.