Thomas Hancock invented the rubber band in 1843 by slicing rubber bottles. He was an English mechanical engineer who also founded the British rubber industry.Know More
The first rubber bands were used as garters and waistbands. However, like other rubber goods, they became brittle when cold and soft when warm. This inconsistency in texture limited the application of all rubber products.
In 1820, Hancock invented the masticator, a machine that shredded rubber. In 1839, American inventor Charles Goodyear discovered that the texture of rubber could be changed by warming it together with sulfur and lead. By 1844, he had developed a process for improving the consistency and functionality of rubber. Stephen Perry, another British inventor, patented the rubber band on March 17, 1845. The contributions of Hancock, Goodyear and Perry led to modern methods of rubber band production.Learn more about Inventions
No. Attempting to close a teeth gap - also known as a dyastema - with a rubber band may lead to a temporary fix, but could also cause many eventual dental problems.Full Answer >
Rubber was invented in 1839 by Charles Goodyear. He accidentally dropped Sulphur and white latex from a rubber tree on a hot stove. This resulted in the formation of a dark elastic substance which came to be called vulcanized rubber.Full Answer >
The band-aid was invented by Earle Dickson, who was an employee of Johnson & Johnson, and his wife Josephine. His wife was constantly cutting or burning herself and needed to find relief.Full Answer >
John Boyd Dunlop, a British veterinary surgeon who lived in Belfast, invented the first rubber tire for his son, who in 1888 was prescribed cycling as a cure for his cold.Full Answer >