Today is Teflon Day, a special day to stick on your calendar, even though little or nothing sticks to Teflon. What an amazing discovery. Teflon coated on kitchen pots, pans, cookie sheets and other cooking objects, saves you countless time in scouring and scrubbing at the kitchen sink. While it is best known as a nonstick coating for cookware, it has many other uses. Polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) is widely used as and industrial coating. It also is used in many other common products, including fabric and rug protection, hair styling tools, nail polish, and windshield wiper blades, to name a few. Some of the best inventions were made by accident. Dr. Roy Plunkett was working in the laboratory trying to create a refrigerant. On April 6, 1938, he accidentally discovered Teflon. Teflon was trademarked in 1945. In 1961, Kansas City, Missouri professor Marion A. Trozzolo took Teflon from the lab to the kitchen. The first Teflon coated frying pan was called “The Happy Pan”. Cookware has not been the same since. Did You Know? Teflon is a good electrical insulator, resulting in Teflon tape.
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