10 Amazing Facts About Well-Known Brands
Astroglide lubricant was originally developed to act as the coolant for a space shuttle
Space exploration has led to many inventions that turned out to be useful in their own right, like MRI scanners, water purifiers, and Astroglide lubricant. In 1977 Daniel Wray, a young chemist, was tasked with inspecting the cooling system for a space shuttle at Edwards Air Force Base. Little did he know that he was about to discover a substance that would send his career path shooting in a completely new and lucrative direction - a slippery, water-based substance that he offered to a friend as a sort of joke.
When his friend returned a few days later asking for more of the clear substance, Daniel knew he was onto something. Used to enhance intimate activities, Astroglide has become a well known brand in the personal lubricant market.
Procter & Gamble wouldn't have existed if the founders had decided to stay bachelors
Englishman William Procter and Irishman James Gamble were destined to be at odds. From historically warring countries, they both settled in Cincinnatti, Procter as a candlemaker and Gamble as a soapmaker. They had to compete for the same materials, and the success of one would likely lead to the failure of the other. Love, however, has a way of working things out.
Both married into the Norris family, Procter to Olivia and Gamble to Elizabeth. The father of the Norris sisters, Alexander Norris, arranged a meeting between the two and convinced them to go into business together. Out of this union came Procter & Gamble, now one of the largest companies in the world – one that wouldn't exist if not for the founders marrying sisters.