WD-40 was developed in 1953 by Norm Larsen, founder of the Rocket Chemical Company, in San Diego, California. Larsen was attempting to create a formula to prevent corrosion in nuclear missiles, by displacing the water that causes it.
Now WD-40 is a 400-people company with a turnover of 338 million dollars.
So, why the strange, almost scientific name?
It’s simple: WD stands for “Water Displacement” and “40” stands for the number of times it took Larsen to get to the perfect formula.
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