Underwater Glue


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)

Bearman: What???

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.


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  1. Pirate Mike says:

    Very popular with horses, yes!

  2. George Ford says:

    Great invention! They’ll be keelhaulin’ all the money in. 🙂

  3. DadaHyena says:

    Crying cockels and mussels, alive, alive,…and glue!

  4. lisleman says:

    The roadkill truck – maybe that could be a second career for me.

  5. frigginloon says:

    Oh dear, I guess people will have toilet seats permanently stuck to their butts!!!

  6. Deb says:

    I know it’s true, but hate to think about it looking at the cute horse.

  7. cswalddesign says:

    Emulators of Esther Williams unite!

  8. Comedy Plus says:

    Yes, I know about these things and that’s true. I also loved your conversation with your wife.

    Have a fabulous day. 🙂

  9. Bill Murphy says:

    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. 😛

  10. jynksie says:

    I wonder what gorilla glue is made out of?!? [smirk]

  11. A sticky turn of events!

  12. Binky says:

    Just so long as no one decides to make Wombat Glue.
    And I’m talking to you, Mr. Bearman!

  13. Tony McGurk says:

    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

  14. Tim Green says:

    Emergency rooms across the world…prepare….

  15. Gruhn says:

    That just makes sense doesn’t it? Thanks for the info. The pictures help me to understand.

  16. Perk says:

    As weird as spider-goat BioSteel silk.

  17. Dave says:

    Thanks for sharing that deep and thoughtful conversation you had with your wife 😉

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