WOW Word-Of-the-Week #484: Inquisitive

November 14, 2013 by  

Inquisitive eager to learn.

Do you like to learn new things? Do you think of yourself as curious? Do you ever question how or why things are the way they are?

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This week is a follow up to last week on the company WD-40. Since they were celebrating their 60th year in business, and they are located here in San Diego, the UT featured them on the front page of the Business Section in September.

The following are FUN-facts (for those inquisitive minds that want to know) taken from Jonathan Horn’s article titled, “RUST-FREE AT AGE 60.” Three scientists from the Rocket Chemical Company experimented with a rust-prevention solvent to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile. They failed 39 times to perfect that solution. But the 40th attempt was revolutionary.

They called it Water Displacement, 40th formula. And while it was meant to protect the intercontinental ballistic missile, the scientists found it worked well on squeaks at home, too.

They make 56,800 gallons each month of “secret sauce” as they call it. They have expanded to12 brands including 3-In-One-oil, Spot Shot carpet cleaner, and a line of products catering to bikes.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done with WD-40? So far, fans have come up with more than 2,000 uses, according to a list WD-40 keeps on its website. Some of the notable ones?

  • Remove a boa constrictor stuck in engine compartment of cars
  • Spray it on golf tees to penetrate hard ground areas
  • Loosen strapping tape after a hurricane
  • Remove crayon from walls
  • Remove ink from blue jeans
  • Remove gum from hair and fabric
  • Free a naked burglar stuck in a chimney!

I don’t know about you but I have become more inquisitive as I have gotten older. I love learning all kinds of things. History and geography are two of my favorites. And children are naturally inquisitive. How many times have you been asked, “Why?”

This week’s focus is being inquisitive. Are you eager to learn? Are you open to hearing new ideas from co-workers or staff? Is it time to question why some things are the way they are?


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