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What is The Main Ingredient of WD-40?

 

I saw this on a friend’s Facebook page and found it interesting. I have been using this stuff for a long time; I really like to use it to clean the grease and oil off of my hands, but didn’t know it had so many other uses. Here is a condensed version of the article.

What is The Main Ingredient of WD-40? Did you know? (Read to the end, to find out).

“Water Displacement #40″
The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953, by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a ‘Water Displacement’ Compound. They were finally successful for a formulation, with their fortieth attempt, thus WD-40. The ‘Convair Company’ bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.

WD-40 Uses:
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!!)
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic / terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring. It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers…
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stovetops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida’s favorite use is: ‘cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.’
38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.

As for that Basic, Main Ingredient … it’s FISH OIL!
Once again … looking to God’s designs to solve problems!

 

Lanny Johnson

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Shark Skin Inhibiting Bacteria

 

In 2002, the U.S. Office of Naval Research hired Dr. Anthony Brennan, a materials science and engineering professor at the University of Florida, to find new antifouling methods to reduce use of toxic antifouling paints and trim costs connected with dry dock and drag.1   Dr. Brennan felt that using an engineered topography could be a key to new antifouling technologies.

While visiting the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Dr. Brennan and several co-workers observed an algae-coated nuclear submarine entering port. To Dr. Brennan the submarine looked like a whale lumbering into the harbor, causing him to ponder which slow moving marine animals don’t foul. The answer seemed to be the shark.

Dr. Brennan took an actual impression of shark skin (its dermal denticles) and, after examining the impression with scanning electron microscopy, he discovered that shark skin denticles are arranged in a distinct diamond pattern with tiny riblets. The ribs’ width-to-height ratios corresponded to his mathematical model for roughness – one that Dr. Brennan felt would discourage microorganisms from settling.

Sharklet pattern and shark skin

Using this information, Dr. Brennan and Sharklet Technologies developed Sharklet, a patented, microscopic pattern. The first test of Sharklet reduced green algae colonization by 85 percent compared to smooth surfaces.

Sharklet has also proven to be a surface upon which bacteria do not like to grow … a mighty defense against bacteria. Research suggests that Sharklet keeps biofilms from forming because the pattern requires too much energy for bacteria to colonize, resulting in bacteria finding another place to grow or simply dying.

Sharklet Technologies, using Sharklet, have had success in inhibiting the growth of Staph a., Pseudomonas aeruginosa, VRE, E. coli, MRSA and other bacterial species that cause illness and even death.

Sharklet Technologies have developed and manufactured adhesive-backed skins (using The Sharklet pattern) that may be adhered to high-touch areas to cut back the transfer of bacteria among people. They have also developed the Sharklet Urinary Catheter to help reduce hospital-acquired infections.

Once again, whether they recognize it or not, many scientists and engineers are looking to God’s designs in nature for solutions to modern day problems.

1 Information for this blog derived from http://www.sharklet.com/technology/

 

Lanny Johnson

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Trying to Copy the Bombardier Beetle*

 

One of my favorite insects to talk about, to show God’s design in nature, is the bombardier beetle. Even though the bombardier beetle is only ½ to ¾ of an inch long (1.27 to 1.9 cm), it packs a powerful defense mechanism to protect itself from predators.

When in danger, the bombardier beetle mixes different chemicals (hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone) from different glands and then injects them into an explosion chamber containing mostly water. Within the explosion chamber another chemical is added (catalase), which causes a rapid chemical reaction to an explosive force. The resulting water/steam (2120 F or 1000 C) is then fired out through 2 ‘cannons’ (nozzles) at 65 ft. (20 meters) per second. The bombardier beetle opens and closes the inlet valve to its combustion chamber with great precision to prevent blowing itself up. The beetle can also control the pressure and direction of the explosion with pinpoint accuracy at whatever is trying to eat it. What once appeared to be one explosion has now been shown to be multiple discharges of around 500 pulses per second!

Andy McIntosh, professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory at the University of Leeds, has been studying the bombardier’s combustion mechanism, hoping to engineer more efficient reigniters (small devices that shoot charged chemicals into the engine if it stops at high altitude) in aircraft engines. Professor McIntosh stated, “It’s become evident that the dimensions of the chamber and the nozzle coming out of the back are crucial.” However just copying the dimensions of the bombardier’s explosion chamber does not make a more efficient reigniter. He went on to say, “In reality the combustion involved is complicated by the catalytic processes associated with the muscle lining of the chamber.”

Professor McIntosh, with many years of engineering research experience, readily admits that all the complex machinery that God has designed in nature is far more complicated than man’s. “They can even repair and reproduce themselves,” he says. “So how much more do they declare ‘… his eternal power and divine nature.’ (Romans 1:20).”

 

*Much of information derived for blog is from, Bombardier Idea, David Catchpoole, Creation27 (3):50-51

 

Lanny Johnson

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Does Yom Convey a 24 Hour Day in the Creation Account?

 

In the Bible, the Hebrew word for day is Yom. By looking up the word yom in a concordance you will see that it can have a variety of meanings:  a period of light as contrasted to night, a 24-hour period, time, a specific point of time, or a year.1

As I shared in my last blog (Compromising the Word of God) the meaning of the word yom or “day” is understood by its context. In the Genesis account of creation, God gave us parameters by defining the word day with ‘evening and morning.’  “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Gen. 1:5) [Emphasis added]. Every day of creation thereafter – ending with, “And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (v. 31) – always use the term “evening and morning.”  Also note that the Genesis creation account always uses a number with the word “day.” (Genesis 1: 5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31)

Outside Genesis 1, yom is used with a number 359 times, and each time it means an ordinary day.

Outside Genesis 1, yom is used with the word “evening” or “morning” 23 times, and each time it means an ordinary day.

“Evening” and “morning” appear in association, but without yom, 38 times, and each time it means an ordinary day.

Outside of Genesis 1, “night” is used with yom 53 times, and each time it means an ordinary day. Even the usage of the word “light” with yom in this passage determines the meaning as ordinary day.2

The plural of yom can be used to communicate a longer time period, such as “… all the days of Noah.” (Gen. 9:29) However, the plural of yom does not appear in the Genesis 1 creation account. Also, there are words in biblical Hebrew (such as olam or qedem) that could have been used to convey long periods of time, or indefinite time3 … however; none of these words are used in the creation account.

Dr. James Barr (Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University), a skeptic on the historicity of Genesis, had this to say: “So far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Gen. 1-11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that (a) creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience …” 4

When we look at how the word yom is used in the creation account and its use outside of Genesis 1, it seems clear to me that the days God was describing were literal 24 hour days.

 

Lanny Johnson

1.  Online Bible Edition, Version 4.08.04, Mar. 20, 2011, 10.13, Copyright ©1987-2011, Larry Pierce, 11 Holmwood St., Winterbourne, Ontario, Canada, NOB2VO, Archaeology, Creationism and Science Archaeology, Creation, The New Answers Book, Could God Really Have Created Everything in Six Days?, Ken Ham.

2.  Ibid.

3.  Ibid.

4.  Ibid.

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Compromising the Word of God

 

In my last blog I showed that to understand all the different meanings of the word UP you needed to know the context, which is derived by the word or words before the word UP. If you take a word out of context, it will have a different meaning.

In the Bible, the Hebrew word for day is Yom. In the creation account, Yom has been taken out of context by those believing that those days are not literal 24 hr. periods.

In the Genesis account of creation it says “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Gen. 1:5) [Emphasis added]. Every day of creation week thereafter – always ends with the term “evening and morning.”

I have worked with children and adults for over 20 years, and one of the questions I have asked many of them is, “What is a day?” The three main responses to this question that I hear repeatedly are: “A period of dark and light”, “Morning and night” or “24 hours”. Notice that God gave us parameters (or context) by defining the word day with “evening & morning” … just as we describe a day today – 24 hours.

One of the great problems with adhering to the idea that each of these days were long periods of time – say a thousand or even millions of years – is what do you do with the vast amount of time of dark and vast amount of light that would make up one day? How would the plants that God created on day 3 of creation survive 500 years of darkness (assuming your day is 1000 years) without the Sun, which was not created until day number 4?

To get around this problem (and scripture I might add), progressive creationist Hugh Ross states that the sun, moon and stars were not created on the fourth “day” of Creation. He explains that most of the stars existed long before earth’s creation; approximately 10-15 billion years of stellar evolution occurred prior to the Creation Week.1 Therefore he not only contradicts the days of creation account but also Exodus 20:11, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them…”.

“Dr. Ross claims that Genesis 1 describes Creation from the point of view of one standing on the earth; and that the sun, moon and stars did not become visible until the fourth day. He believes the stars were not created instantaneously; rather, they evolved by the physical laws of nature put into place by God.

‘This entire process of stellar evolution is by natural process alone. We do not have to invoke Divine intervention at any stage in the history of the life-cycle of the stars that we observe.’- Hugh Ross” 2 [Emphasis’ added] [Notice that he takes God out of the picture of Creation!]

According to Hugh Ross, the Creation week has taken billions of years. He claims that ‘…each of God’s creation days is several hundred million years long.’ He says earth was created about 4.6 billion years ago, and that some (or all) of the creation days partially overlapped. …” 3

When you begin to take the words of God out of context, you compromise His authority and begin to stand on the words of man … fallible man.

 

Lanny Johnson

  1. https://christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-c014.html
  2. Ibid
  3. Ibid

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The Context of a Word

 

Below is something I found interesting on the internet years ago. Please read the conclusion at the end to see the point of my sharing this on a blog.

 

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is ‘UP.’  It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.

At other times this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing:  A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.  We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on & on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now  ……..my time is UP! NowI’ll shut UP about the word UP.

 

Conclusion: As I read this, I realized that to understand all the different meanings of the word UP I had to know the context, which was derived by the word or words before or after the word UP. If you take a word out of context it will have a different meaning.

So why am I making this point? In the Bible the Hebrew word for day is Yom. In the creation account, Yom has been taken out of context by those believing that those days are not literal 24 hr. periods. I will address the problems doing this in my next blog.

 

Lanny Johnson

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The Horseshoe Crab – a “Living Fossil”

 

Recently while walking along a Florida beach on the Gulf of Mexico, I found the remains of several horseshoe crabs. I was quite excited, because just a week before I had been able to observe live horseshoe crabs at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Here on the beach I had an opportunity to actually hold and study them.

The outer body of the horseshoe crab consists of a hard shell in three sections. The front section protects the soft parts on the underside – the eyes (2 primary compound eyes, and 7 secondary “simple eyes”, 2 of which are on the underside), legs (5 pair used for walking, swimming or moving food into the mouth), pincers, mouth, brain, and heart. The middle section is hinged to the front section and protects the gills and reproductive organs. The third section is the long, straight, rigid tail it uses to flip itself over when turned upside down.

Horseshoe Crab Trivia:

  • It is not a “true crab” (it’s not a crustacean), but an arthropod and is classified with scorpions, spiders, and extinct trilobites.
  • Although they scurry around on the shallow ocean floor, they swim upside down, inclined at about 30° to the horizontal.
  • They find their food (worms, mollusks, crustaceans and small fish) on the soft and sandy or muddy bottom.
  • Rather than hemoglobin in their blood, they have hemocyanin, which contains copper, making their blood blue in color.
  • Their blood contains a protein used to screen drugs and vaccines for contaminants.

 

Evolutionary scientists call the horseshoe crab a “living fossil” because fossils of the horseshoe crab (supposedly 450 million years old) have been found that are identical to the living horseshoe crab we find today. Hmmm?  Supposedly millions upon millions of years of mutations and natural selection and yet there is no evidence for evolutionary change in this critter.

The horseshoe crab is not a unique “living fossil”. We also find hundreds of other animals and plants that have stayed the same over supposed millions of years. A few examples are sharks, crinoids, Wollemi pine trees, ginkgo trees, tuataras, crocodiles, alligators, coelocanth fish, squids, shrimp, chambered nautiloids, brachiopods, clams and dragonflies.

The evidence of “living fossils” shows very little to no change in these living creatures. “Living fossils” make no sense for the evolutionary model or the long ages required for evolution.

 

Lanny Johnson

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Extreme Low Tide on the Gulf Coast

 

Florida Fighting Conch

My wife and I are collectors. We love to collect seashells and fossils. So when we were in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, we hit the beach almost every day looking for new types of seashells we have not found on other beaches in our travels. Early one morning, my wife met another collector who shared that there would be an extremely low tide in two days time.

Because more of the beach is exposed during low tides, we find that is the best time to find shells. What we found during the extreme low tide was absolutely amazing.

We found Florida fighting conchs lying all over the beach … alive. I guess I had always thought they were like snails and just crawled around on the ocean floor, but it turns out they are like clams and live buried in the bottom. During low tides, they dig out of the sand and lie on the top of the sand until the next high tide covers them with water. One of the shells I always like to find are Lettered Olives, and again I thought they just crawled along on the seafloor. But seeing them in action, I learned they are also burrowers.

Sand Crab

The tidal pools left by the very low tide were a wealth of new discoveries. By wading very slowly through the shallow water, we were able to see many sea creatures that you normally don’t get to see during normal tides. We saw 5 different kinds of crabs, sea anemones, sea urchins (disguised with shells and leaves stuck to its spines), sea worms, sea stars, baby flounder, baby sand dollars, and many other sea critters.

On the beach that day was a great diversity of life, yet it was such a small, minute part of God’s overall creation. It brings to mind Psalm 40:15 - Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

 

Lanny Johnson

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Seed of Salvation at Epcot

My mother, wife and I have just gotten back from a wonderful 2 week vacation to Florida. While there, my mother treated my wife and I to a day trip to the theme park Epcot, part of Walt Disney World, near Orlando, Florida.

We began the day by visiting several attractions in what is called ‘Future World’.  As we traveled through a ride/exhibit called Spaceship Earth, I was saddened, but not really surprised that we were presented with our “evolutionary” beginnings. It is very hard to go anywhere in the secular world without hints, suggestions, or declarations of the evolutionary worldview. Therefore, when it came to the next attraction, Universe of Energy – “a ride with Ellen DeGeneres as she goes back to the dinosaur era “, I decided to pass … after all, I have seen almost all of the stuff Disney has put out about dinosaurs, and it sure does not fit with what I believe.

After several more ride/exhibits through ‘Future World’, we traveled on to ‘World Showcase’, where the cultures of many different countries are portrayed. We were able to see several well done presentations, learning a little more about each culture; however, I found the main focus at each area seemed to be to get people to spend lots of money on trinkets, food, and drink.  But it is very easy not to spend money if you don’t have any, and the good news … the drinking fountains and toilets were free.

The real highlight of Epcot had to be the evening “Candlelight Processional” at an outdoor amphitheater. There a full orchestra (complete with strings, winds and drum), accompanied with a splendidly robed choir of 300 wonderful voices, gave an hour long musical rendition of the favorite Christmas carols. Between each song, Andy Garcia, a well known Cuban/American Hollywood actor, read from the gospel of Luke about the birth of Jesus. Near the end of the presentation, Mr. Garcia shared the gospel message (a very watered down version, but still the gospel message).

The grand finale was Handel’s Messiah (also known as the Hallelujah Chorus). This great song of praise had the crowd of at least a 1000+ standing to their feet. I know that it is tradition to stand for this song, but no one is forced to sing along … yet the vast majority of the spectators were singing along with the choir, loud and strong!

So, was the seed of salvation planted on any fertile hearts that evening? That is a question only God can answer, but I do know that even with a watered down message, seeds were planted. And for that I give praise!

 

Lanny Johnson

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Not a Minority After All

 

Because I believe in God as the Creator, I must be in a very small minority. At least that might be a conclusion one arrives at if you were to believe everything the textbooks, the media, the Hollywood movies and television portray – that mindless evolution has made everything!

However, a recent 2012 Gallup Poll (a division of Gallup that regularly conducts public opinion polls in more than 140 countries – see wikipedia for more information on Gallup Inc.) revealed that a majority of the populace believes that God created people in their present form.

Those who believe in God as the Creator are larger in number than those who believe in atheistic evolution or theistic evolution (evolution directed by God). See their site for more information on the poll.

It is encouraging knowing that the battle has not been lost, and those who are on the battleground of the Creation/Evolution issue are making a difference.

 

Lanny Johnson

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