Friday, April 17, 2009

Red Green and Duct Tape

It is a classic statement to say the least. It is the summary statement of men whose wives wish that their husbands would be different and don’t stop telling them so. The wives would appreciate their husbands to be a touch more romantic, or sophisticated, possessing a touch of culture outside their red neck environment. Here is the hilarious Man’s Prayer, full of acceptance and resignation, which is recited by the entire membership of Possum Lodge.

I’m a man,
But I can change,
if I have to,
I guess.

Possum Lodge is part of the fictional comedic creation known as the Red Green Show. Red Green is the title character of The Red Green Show, and Red is really Steve Smith, and Red is the leader of Possum Lodge the small northwestern Ontario town on Possum Lake, near the also-fictional town of Port Asbestos. Possum Lodge is a fictional men's club and Red and his fellow lodge members have their own TV show (which is more or less the show itself), in which they give humorous lessons and demonstrations in repair work and outdoor activities (such as fishing and camping), and advice for men on relating to women, among other things. Red is a self-proclaimed handyman who is constantly extolling the virtues of duct tape ("the handyman's secret weapon"). He is married to his fictional wife Bernice Green and does not have any children. He is seldom seen without his trademark red-and-green suspenders. Numerous memorable lines are regularly repeated or indelibly printed on signs seen each episode.

“Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati (When all else fails, play dead.)”

“If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.”

“Remember, keep you stick on the ice.”

The handyman’s secret weapon deserves some attention. Duct tape (sometimes called duck tape) is a vinyl, fabric-reinforced, multi-purpose tacky pressure sensitive adhesive tape. It is generally silver or black in color but many other colors and transparent tapes have recently become available. With a standard width of 17⁄8 inches (48 mm), duct tape was originally developed during World War II in 1942 as a water resistant sealing tape for ammunition cases. Permacel, then a division of Johnson & Johnson, used a rubber-based adhesive to help the tape resist water and a fabric backing to add strength. It was also used to repair military equipment quickly, including jeeps, firearms, and aircraft because of these properties. In Canadian military circles, this variant is known as "gun-tape", typically olive-green, and also known for its resistance to oils and greases. Duct tape is also called "100-MPH tape" or 'Hurricane Tape' in the military - a name that comes from the use of a specific variety of duct-tape that was supposedly supposed to hold up against 100 mph winds. As a quick fix, duct tape can be used as a temporary bandage, until proper medical treatment and bandages can be applied to a wound.
After WWII, the housing industry boomed and people started using duct tape for many other purposes. The name "duct tape" came from its use on heating and air conditioning ducts, a purpose for which it, ironically, has been deemed ineffective. Its strength, low cost, and remarkable versatility make it a household staple throughout North America and Europe for temporary repairs and general-purpose use.
Don’t you wish you had invented it?

The Duct Tape Guys (Jim Berg and Tim Nyberg) as of 2005 wrote seven books about duct tape. Their bestselling books have sold over 1.5 million copies and feature real and wacky uses of duct tape. In 1994 they coined the phrase, "It Ain't Broke, It Just Lacks Duct Tape". Added to that phrase in 1995 with the publication of their WD-40 Book was, "Two rules get you through life: If it's stuck and it's not supposed to be, WD-40 it. If it's not stuck and it's supposed to be, duct tape it". Their website features thousands of duct tape uses from people around the world ranging from fashions to auto repair. The combination of WD-40 and duct tape is sometimes referred to as The Redneck Repair Kit.

You have to see the Duct Tape Guys site
The Red Green Show site

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