Fact #334: Duct tape was originally called Duck tape by US soldiers, since it was green and shed water, like a duck. Soldiers used it to keep moisture out of ammunition cases.

When soldiers brought duck tape home, housing manufacturers found they could use it to connect air conditioning and heating ducts, and changed the color to silver, to match the ducts. The tape began being referred to as duct tape thereafter.

Sources: http://duckbrand.com/duck-tape-club/history-of-duck-tape
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duct_tape

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