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Mar 2, 2010

Guest Post: The truth about Glue

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Here at the Firstdogonthemoon Institue we have been inundated with three offers to write guest posts for our blog. Here in no particular order is the first one, from long time listener, first time caller Alice Cannon.

Glorious glue!

When I learned that Mr OnTheMoon was too lazy to write his own blog posts I rejoiced. Why? Because this meant that at last I had an opportunity to use his enormous popularity to indoctrinate the masses about the fascinating world of glues, pastes & mucilages. Specifically, those used on paper between 1870 and 1920, a topic I completed a Master’s thesis on last year. I know, amazing, right?!

You wouldn’t believe how popular I have become at parties since then. If you would like me to be a special guest speaker at your corporate event, just drop my people a line. Mention First Dog and get a 10% discount on speaker’s fees!

I won’t try and impress you too much at first because your heads would explode at the sheer amazingness of it all and that could get verymessy. So instead I’ll just show you some cool old advertising postcards, specifically ones that include animals because I thought it would be in keeping with this blog.

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Look what fun these cats are having with Le Page's glue (made from ex-fish). Those naughty kittens!

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If you look very carefully you can see an Octopus in this label. Yes, "Gloy" is cheaper, cleaner and grips like an Octopus! And octopus (octopi?) are cool! Ergo, so is Gloy! (NB Probably made from dextrin mixed with magnesium chloride).

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What a cute pooch! He likes Triumph Adhesive & Liquid Glue, which was mysteriously manufactured by the Mystic Manufacturing Co, of Milk Street in Massachusetts. You couldn't make this stuff up!!

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More pooches! Look, Norman's Indian mucilage is so sticky and clear that not even two strong bulldogs can pull apart a pasted specimen! Wow.

Incidentally, for all of you who were thinking “mucilage – WTF?”, the word probably derives from the Latin ‘mucere’ (be musty or moldy) or from ‘mucus’ (being like mucus). The latter confirms my suspicion that people have used the term ‘mucilage’ to describe substances that resemble snot and not for any more scientific reason. The word seems to have first been used to describe an adhesive substance in the nineteenth century. Now I shall end this triumphant blog posting with a joke, which you will all find hysterical now that you have become learned in the ways of glue.

Q: In what age was glue invented?

A: In the mucilage!

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14 thoughts on “Guest Post: The truth about Glue

  1. acannon

    It has taken me until just now, after reading Venise’s last comment, to get the realy meaning of Ern Malley’s Cat’s joke about the dogs being stuck together. One track mind – I mean, of course I thought they were literally stuck together! With Norman’s Indian Mucilage! Hilarious! I need to get out more.

  2. Venise Alstergren

    ERN MALLEYS CAT: Reminds me of the occasion when Noel Coward was dragged over to the window by an excited niece. “Uncle Noel what are those two dogs doing?”

    “Well dear, the first doggy is blind and the second doggy has to push him all the way to St Pancras.”

    Oh for a mind that quick.

  3. Venise Alstergren

    That’s odd, I thought mucilage was something the rural brigade scattered over their crops!? Or perhaps fed to their cattle?

    Great blog/article by Alice, and you’ve introduced a new thought into my head. GLOY? This is a fascinating word. Kingdoms have been founded to hold things together with Gloy; Did the battle of Hastings become un-Gloyed for poor king Harold? Glory to Gloy. God for Gloy, Harry and St George. Gloyed together. I’m gloyed to the screen. And this blog wont be posted not yet. Perhaps First Dog could un-gloy the computer systems?

    The possibilities are endless.

  4. Venise Alstergren

    That’s odd, I thought mucilage was something the rural brigade scattered over their crops!? Or perhaps fed to their cattle?

    Great blog/article by Alice, and you’ve introduced a new thought into my head. GLOY? This is a fascinating word. Kingdoms have been founded to hold things together with Gloy; Did the battle of Hastings become un-Gloyed for poor king Harold? Glory to Gloy. God for Gloy, Harry and St George.

    The possibilities are endless.

  5. Aubrey

    Ern Malleys cat wrote:

    “blah blah..Perkin’s Paste.”

    Mmmmm Perkin’s Paste. The love that dare not speak its name. PP eaters should have their own special ribbon day (but I think hot pink has been taken).

    We also had Clag at primary school in Queensland but it was much more filling than PP and had a girly brush instead of that highly efficient plastic spatula.

  6. EnergyPedant

    Those cats sure look like they are having fun. Plus glue will help keep the party hats on the cats.

  7. Ern Malleys cat

    Alice, I’ll crash the party if there’s Perkin’s Paste.
    Mmmmm, that hot pink tub with the nifty white lid with the spreader stick and the little teeth on the end.

  8. Aubrey

    Wonderful article, thanks. Stick with your glue studies by all means. This should really be in the national curriculum.

  9. acannon

    Amber I would be DELIGHTED to tell you more about glue. All you need to do is invite me to a party! Preferably one to which Ern Malley’s Cat is NOT invited. I think he’s jealous and it could be awkward.

  10. Ern Malleys cat

    Sniff. What sort of parties are you now popular at?
    Someone’s given those buldogs nasty bruises whacking them, trying to get them apart. ‘Mummy! The dogs are stuck together!’

  11. Peteypie Frogworth

    Only if you’re as hilarious & informative as Alice Cannon, Leigh.

  12. Leigh Josey

    Can I do a guest post?

  13. Morgan Mouse

    Oooo, mucilage, a fabulous new word I’m going to have to get into a conversation and soon!

  14. Amber Jamieson

    Wow, this is WAY funnier than the crap that Dog usually posts about. You are hilarious Alice! I want more glue facts!

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