FYI: Offshoots of military projects
Caught this on Modern Marvels yesterday while eating dinner. According to the narrator, the term 'Jeep' was derived from the GI's shortening the acronym GP (General Purpose). Sounded cool to me until I took a look at Wikipedia and apparently the producers of the show didn't do their homework. You can read the actual history of the Jeep term here. It does reference the 'GP' story but gives a reason why it's not right.

In addition, silly putty was an offshoot of GE's attempt to produce synthetic rubber (ordered by the US Government). This began after Japan took over Singapore which happened to be our main supplier of natural rubber.
At 12:12 PM, Blogger snootchy said...

never really thought of where jeep came from, remember for 'who wants to be a millionare'


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