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Harry Coover, creator of Super Glue, dies at 94
Associated Press ^ | March 27, 2011

Posted on 03/27/2011 3:07:41 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Harry Wesley Coover Jr., known as the inventor of Super Glue, has died at his home in Kingsport, Tenn. He was 94.

Coover was working for Tennessee Eastman Company when an accident resulted in Super Glue, according to his grandson, Adam Paul of South Carolina.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cyanoacrylate; harrywcoover; invention; obit; obituary; rip; science; superglue
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1 posted on 03/27/2011 3:07:41 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Stuck around for a while, didn’t he?


2 posted on 03/27/2011 3:10:17 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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Is it my imagination or did superglue become less cohesive through the years? You know, for the sake of protecting idiots from themselves.


3 posted on 03/27/2011 3:11:51 PM PDT by Milhous (Lev 19:18 Love your neighbor as yourself.)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

You could have gone all day without saying that! LOL!!


4 posted on 03/27/2011 3:12:00 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Free ThinkerNY

RC airplane model building has never been the same since. I can put my wrecks back together at the crash site to fly and crash again and again.


5 posted on 03/27/2011 3:14:37 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Eastman 910. Almost impossible to purchase at retail before it became “Super Glue.” It was great stuff.


6 posted on 03/27/2011 3:15:33 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

That merits an LOL!


7 posted on 03/27/2011 3:15:39 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Plans for an open-casket funeral were cancelled when the lid became stuck...”


8 posted on 03/27/2011 3:23:21 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: Milhous

I just used some, and even waiting 24 hours for the glue to cure I was able to pull the objects apart with very little effort.


9 posted on 03/27/2011 3:23:42 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

President Barack Obama stands with Harry W. Coover who invented cyanoacrylate glue, commonly known as Super Glue, for Eastman Chemical Co., as he hosts a ceremony for recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors, at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


10 posted on 03/27/2011 3:26:55 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: LukeL

It’s mostly a waste of time for me anymore. Back in the day, it bonded solid, good as new, after a few minutes.


11 posted on 03/27/2011 3:28:12 PM PDT by Milhous (Lev 19:18 Love your neighbor as yourself.)
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To: smokingfrog

Well, what do you know? I agree with Obama on at least one thing. (Even if it is merely a ceremonial duty.)


12 posted on 03/27/2011 3:30:03 PM PDT by Milhous (Lev 19:18 Love your neighbor as yourself.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Super Glue is probably the most disappointing innovation in modern history, IMHO.


13 posted on 03/27/2011 3:30:42 PM PDT by Nachoman (Wisdom is learned, cynicism is earned.)
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To: Nachoman

It used to work great before they watered it down.


14 posted on 03/27/2011 3:32:43 PM PDT by Milhous (Lev 19:18 Love your neighbor as yourself.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Not to be confused with vaseline LOL.

15 posted on 03/27/2011 3:34:40 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wow never knew that! a lot of cool stuff was accidental,Lexan for one I talked to Dr Fox’s lab Intern ,true story,I think Teflon was accidental also valving was turned on wrong.


16 posted on 03/27/2011 3:35:03 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Milhous

Have you tried the Gorilla Glue or Rhino Glue?


17 posted on 03/27/2011 3:35:22 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That guy cost me a few anxious moments in life.


18 posted on 03/27/2011 3:43:45 PM PDT by Paraclete
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To: LukeL

I’ll give them a try. Thanks.


19 posted on 03/27/2011 3:50:44 PM PDT by Milhous (Lev 19:18 Love your neighbor as yourself.)
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To: LukeL
I love Gorilla Glue...a bit of a learning curve due to the required moisturizing, but once you figure it all out the stuff is great.

I used about four ounces to shore up a wooden gate post, since it was handier than running out to buy Quick-crete; it bubbled up, set, and works like a charm.

20 posted on 03/27/2011 3:52:52 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I haven’t seen the news on the tube yet, but it seems to be pasted all over the Internet.


21 posted on 03/27/2011 4:02:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Are they sure he's dead?

He might have accidentally glued his eyelids shut.

22 posted on 03/27/2011 4:09:01 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Since Obama Bin Lyin, the Economy Bin Dyin...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
In the TIME/LIFE encyclopedia of science from the sixties there was an article dedicated to the newly discovered cyanoacrylate cement and its miraculous properties. It showed two machined steel cylinders glued end-to-end holding up a massive weight. In spite of the “disappointing” remark above, the stuff works well within its application parameters of non-gap filling, and joining precisely matched parts. Also, it cures by catalysis with atmospheric moisture, and mixed with baking soda yields a very versatile, sandable, gap-filling cement, albeit with a very short "working" time.
23 posted on 03/27/2011 4:13:39 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He was survived by his next-of-kin, Elmer....


24 posted on 03/27/2011 4:14:04 PM PDT by mikrofon (Adhering to the truth...)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
Stuck around for a while, didn’t he?

He did have staying power...

25 posted on 03/27/2011 4:14:08 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: LukeL
Have you tried the Gorilla Glue or Rhino Glue?

Rhino Glue? Does it promise adherence and then fail to stick after you've purchased it?

26 posted on 03/27/2011 4:14:27 PM PDT by Bronzewound (When radicals begin to follow rules, don't they become conformists?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m a disaster with that stuff. The tubes were always a pain to use without making a mess and sticking my fingers together.


27 posted on 03/27/2011 4:15:06 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He was attached to his family.


28 posted on 03/27/2011 4:15:08 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I used superglue to seal up a sliced finger a while back.


29 posted on 03/27/2011 4:16:22 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: LukeL
I just used some, and even waiting 24 hours for the glue to cure I was able to pull the objects apart with very little effort.

Were the objects sponges? :^ )

30 posted on 03/27/2011 4:17:16 PM PDT by Bronzewound (When radicals begin to follow rules, don't they become conformists?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Apropos, here's the link to the Bond thread.
31 posted on 03/27/2011 4:20:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
His ashes will be sealed in a hard hat and glued to an I-beam.


32 posted on 03/27/2011 4:23:22 PM PDT by relictele
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To: Revolting cat!

I heard he was very stuck up!


33 posted on 03/27/2011 4:29:17 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Bronzewound

“Does it promise adherence and then fail to stick after you’ve purchased it? ...”

No that would be “RINOGLUE”...


34 posted on 03/27/2011 4:31:19 PM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: mo
No that would be “RINOGLUE”...

I thought the "h" stood for "half-wit."

35 posted on 03/27/2011 4:36:37 PM PDT by Bronzewound (When radicals begin to follow rules, don't they become conformists?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Please fasten your reflexes. A man is dead, cold like a slab of cement. Shouldn't we adhere to the rules of civilized behaviour?
36 posted on 03/27/2011 4:41:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Coover was working for Tennessee Eastman Company when an accident resulted in Super Glue, according to his grandson, Adam Paul of South Carolina.

the old "accident led to billion dollar invention" story is getting old.

whatever else this nearly usless, overhyped crap did, it kept cheesy late-night TV pitchmen busy.

Fitting, then, that Obama would honor him.

37 posted on 03/27/2011 4:47:50 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (You is what you am.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I heard he was arrested when he walked into a bank and said, “This is a stick-up”


38 posted on 03/27/2011 4:49:00 PM PDT by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hobart College grad!!


39 posted on 03/27/2011 4:49:26 PM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

40 posted on 03/27/2011 5:10:48 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Rebelbase
Part of my archaeological research involves "experimental lithic technology" or "flintknapping" -- sometimes referred to as "arrowhead making". Knappable stones produce some of the sharpest edges in the world when fractured properly. And those who work with then frequently "draw blood".

Most flintknappers keep superglue in their toolkits -- to "heal" minor cuts so they can keep working. And I've even seen folks glue broken preforms back together -- and then proceed to knap thru the fractures as if the stone were not at all interrupted...

41 posted on 03/27/2011 5:12:42 PM PDT by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
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To: VanDeKoik

One of the original great ideas for super glue was to glue arteries together. Dr. Mike DeBakey had a whole program going in the ‘70s to glue arteries. My roommate was a fellow at Baylor and they finally got the aorta glued to the iliac when the great man walked in for the first time all year. He peered into the dog and said good at which point the glue gave and Dr. DeBakey got hit in the face with the entire cardiac output. I wish we had video!

I used it tagging sharks for the U of Florida off Bimini. We would poke a hole in the belly of a shark and put a small test tube inside the shark and then bond the wound together for a minute with some “superglue” and off it would go. A couple of years later the Japanese would send the test tube back after the factory ships had come through and raped the area.

I might add, their are lots of different superglues for very specific purposes.


42 posted on 03/27/2011 5:40:21 PM PDT by TxDas (This above all, to thine ownself be true.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Easy now, I did that once. I used a razor blade angled more towards my finger than eyelid to separate them. It freaked out the people in the shop.


43 posted on 03/27/2011 6:04:15 PM PDT by printhead
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To: ErnBatavia

I never thought of using it for that sort of thing. Thanks.


44 posted on 03/27/2011 6:07:52 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Rebelbase

There are medical versions of superglue that probably cost $50/tube. I know docs who will use the regular stuff in a heartbeat.


45 posted on 03/27/2011 6:09:59 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: LukeL

The stuff needs a basic ph to cure. If surfaces are acidic, you need an accelerator. Also, the thicker stuff takes longer to cure.

Bicarbonate of soda works pretty well, or you can buy spray bottles they sell for that purpose.


46 posted on 03/27/2011 6:13:33 PM PDT by tsomer
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To: printhead
>”I used a razor blade angled more towards my finger than eyelid to separate them”<

I think you just freaked out a bunch of FReepers too. LOL

47 posted on 03/27/2011 6:47:43 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Since Obama Bin Lyin, the Economy Bin Dyin...)
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To: LukeL
I was able to pull the objects apart with very little effort

What were you gluing? It doesn't stick to some plastics.

48 posted on 03/27/2011 7:06:23 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Metal on metal. I have used it in the past for many jobs and it always fails. I don’t know if I should try epoxy or some of the spray glues.


49 posted on 03/27/2011 7:08:15 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: printhead


50 posted on 03/27/2011 7:08:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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