Thursday, April 06, 2017

National Teflon Day

No matter what you love or hate, support or oppose, there's probably a day, a week, or a month that has been dedicated to it. Today is no exception, being National Teflon Day.

National Teflon Day is observed each year on this date to honor the accidental invention of Teflon™ on April 6, 1938, by Dr. Roy Plunkett.

Teflon, officially known as polytetrafluoroethylene (or PTFE), is the generic name for a family of non-stick coatings often applied to cookware to aid in cleanup after food preparation. It is also widely used to reduce friction in various manufacturing processes and in products which benefit from the reduction of friction, such as steam irons, skis, plumbers' thread-sealing tape, and even dental fillings. It has also been applied to some types of ammunition in order to reduce wear on the rifling of firearms but does not, as has sometimes been claimed, improve the armor-piercing capabilities of the ammunition.

The slipperiness of Teflon, which allows it to protect objects by preventing potentially damaging substances to stick to them, has led to the use of the name to describe individuals who somehow consistently manage to avoid blame for their misdeeds. John Gotti, the former head of the Gambino crime family, was known as "The Teflon Don" for his ability to evade prosecution and conviction for his activities. And Mr Trump has clearly been triple-dipped in Teflon, which is the only possible reason he has consistently been able to avoid ostracism for his crude behavior, disproven lies, and exaggerations.

Happy National Teflon Day. We can always use a bit less friction.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.



eViL pOp TaRt said...

Have a safe and sane Teflon Day, Bilbo!

Kristen Drittsekkdatter said...

Unlike Reagan, Trump will be the sticky president.

Mike said...

I'm celebrating National Caramel Popcorn Day today. It's special because it won't slip out of your hand.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Yay, Teflon!