The discoverer of ‘Superglue’, Dr Harry Coover, has died in Tennessee aged 94. I say discovered rather than invented, because like so many other things (such as stainless steel and penicillin) it was stumbled upon while he was looking for something else, in this case plastic to make gun sights for the US military, in 1942. I wonder if he ever stuck all of his fingers together like I did once when a tube of the stuff burst in my hand? Probably. If you get it on your skin it sets hard before you can say the words methyl-2cyanoacrilate monomer.

Would you want to shake hands with the man who discovered superglue?

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