Sure people have made an underwater glue before but scientists at MIT have engineered proteins based on those found on mussels and barnacles (you know that crap that sticks to ships) to create a super glue that can stick to pretty much anything. This has the potential for things as vast as underwater ship repair and surgical adhesion.
Now for the most part animal based glue products including horses have gone away as more synthetic glues have become more prevalent. That did not stop the following conversation with my wife the other day.
Mrs. Bearman: Oh look there is some roadkill. Guess that keeps Gorilla Glue in business. (Gorilla Glue is headquartered near our house)
Mrs. Bearman: They use roadkill in their glue.
Bearman: WHAT?? Where the hell did you hear that?
Mrs. Bearman: I don’t know someone told me that.
Bearman: It probably was a bad game of telephone where someone joked about Gorilla Glue being made from real Gorilla and ultimately it gets turned into Gorilla Glue is made from roadkill. Oh yeah. I forgot, I saw the Gorilla Glue roadkill truck on patrol the other day.
Mrs. Bearman: Ok it does sound stupid now that you say it.
Very popular with horses, yes!
Great invention! They’ll be keelhaulin’ all the money in. 🙂
That’s some ship term that you coastal people know haha
Crying cockels and mussels, alive, alive,…and glue!
Talk like a pirate day was last week
The roadkill truck – maybe that could be a second career for me.
It’s a smelly job
You haven’t work with the co-workers I’ve work with.
Oh dear, I guess people will have toilet seats permanently stuck to their butts!!!
That should be a warning after surgery
Indeed …with the question ….why such a long face 🙂
I know it’s true, but hate to think about it looking at the cute horse.
Aww…my horse is cute
Emulators of Esther Williams unite!
The tend to stick together
Yes, I know about these things and that’s true. I also loved your conversation with your wife.
Have a fabulous day. 🙂
She wasn’t so happy I shared it. “People will think I am some kind of dumbass”
No, everyone knows roadkill is what they use in Oscar Myer Hot Dogs. Be sure to tell your wife that. And be sure to tell her that it came from a very credible source. An avatar you are familiar with on the internet. 😛
Who? You? haha
I wonder what gorilla glue is made out of?!? [smirk]
A sticky turn of events!
Just so long as no one decides to make Wombat Glue.
And I’m talking to you, Mr. Bearman!
Wombat Glue NEVER
A glue from pacifiers?
Barnacles??? I thought they would use seahorses. I guess the roadkill has to be dead gorilla for gorilla glue. . You don’t see a lot of that around. Maybe there’s a new use for possum roadkill, possum glue just doesn’t have the right sound though. More cuddly than sticky
What kind of roadkill is found in Taz?
Possums, kangaroos & wallabies mostly. The occasional, dare I say it, WOMBAT, sorry Binky. I’ve never seen an echidna or Tassie devil dead on the road but apparently devils get on the roads eating roadkill at night as they are mostly nocturnal & often become casualties themselves..
Sorry Binky, but I can honestly say I’ve never hit a wombat. Hit a big roo once at night & it did a lot of damage to my front end. Upset me a lot too as I hate to hit an animal on the road. I don’t even like seeing roadkill that others have hit.
That would be upsetting to hit an animal. Here it’s mostly deer as the big ones, but just the other day there were two dead racoons on the city streets.
I was driving on a dark highway one night. For no reason at all I changed lanes as there was no one else around. The second I did, I passed a dog standing in the other lane. Phew
Next time you hit a roo make sure to make me a new kangaroo ball bottle opener. those are expensive.
I could even use Barnacle Glue to attach the bottle opener to the scrotum 😛
Emergency rooms across the world…prepare….
Imagine they will use it to repair wounds and it will cause wounds
That just makes sense doesn’t it? Thanks for the info. The pictures help me to understand.
Descriptive news is what I am about haha
As weird as spider-goat BioSteel silk.
I have heard of spider pig, not spider goat
Thanks for sharing that deep and thoughtful conversation you had with your wife 😉
They usually don’t get much deeper haha