Charles Goodyear & me

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Charles Goodyear would be 201 years old today! "Natural or India rubber, as it was then known, was of limited usefulness to industry. Rubber products melted in hot weather, froze and cracked in cold, and adhered to virtually everything until the day in the mid-19th century when inventor Charles Goodyear accidentally dropped some rubber mixed with sulfur on a hot stove. Goodyear's discovery of what came to be known as vulcanization strengthened rubber so it could be applied to a vast variety of industrial uses, including, eventually, automobile tires." Happy birthday Charles, so much is riding on your tires!

In related news, John Westhoff, (who has not contributed a lick to the advancement of the american rubber industry), was born on Goodyear's birthday back in 1971 (that makes him thirty today).

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