February 24, 1938

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1938 the DuPont company began the commercial manufacturing of nylon toothbrush bristles for the “Miracle Tuft Toothbrush”. Before 1938 the world relied upon the collected neck hairs from wild swine in Siberia, Poland, and China to make the bristles for toothbrushes. As one would expect, there was a significant portion of the population in 1938 that was unhappy with the new technology. They claimed that nylon was unnatural and not God made and would lead to unhealthy conditions, such the government adding fluoride to the water and how nylon would cause autism in children if you brushed their teeth with it. When the scientists at DuPont angrily shouted at the bristling mobs that nylon could be disinfected every day and that boar bristles collected and grew bacteria, the bristling mobs shouted back “But Does Nylon Taste Like Bacon?”. When that happened the DuPont scientist turned the water hoses on the mob and drove them out.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to February 24, 1938

  1. Wild Internet Rumor says:

    I heard that toothbrushes with nylon bristles will cause your teeth to grow in backwards!

    My friend’s cousin’s sister used one of those new toothbrushes and her nose fell off!

    They did a study somewhere and found that nylon bristles cause a build up of static electricity that can make your hair burst into flames!

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