All-Purpose Soap Aids Our GI Joes (Oct, 1944)

All-Purpose Soap Aids Our GI Joes

MAKING life a lot easier for our soldiers is a soap mild enough for shaving, powerful enough for the i greasiest pots and pans, and capable of producing a foamy lather in water hard or soft, fresh or salt, hot or cold. Secret of the soap lies in a synthetic sulpho-nated product developed from petroleum by Du Pont and known merely as MP 646. It is being sold by the hundreds of thousands of pounds to soap manufacturers who add it to their products in the ratio of one to two. Wide civilian use is expected in postwar years.

4 comments
  1. Blurgle says: August 16, 20073:57 am

    Detergent!

  2. Charlie says: August 16, 20077:38 am

    One could even call it a strategic detergent.

  3. Stannous says: August 16, 200710:46 am

    I think this is what will eventually be marketed as Zest. At least that’s the only soap I know of that works in salt water.

  4. Ed T. says: August 19, 20078:34 am

    “Known merely as MP 646″…

    Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children should avoid prolonged exposure to MP 646.

    Caution: MP 646 may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.

    MP 646 contains a liquid core, which if exposed due to rupture should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at.

    Do not use MP 646 on concrete.

    Discontinue use of MP 646 if any of the following occurs:

    * Itching

    * Vertigo

    * Dizziness

    * Tingling in extremities

    * Loss of balance or coordination

    * Slurred speech

    * Temporary blindness

    * Profuse Sweating

    or

    * Heart palpitations

    If MP 646 begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.

    MP 646 may stick to certain types of skin.

    When not in use, MP 646 should be returned to its special container and kept under refrigeration.

    Failure to do so relieves the makers of MP 646, Dupont
    Incorporated, and its parent company, Global Chemical Unlimited, of any and all liability.

    Ingredients of MP 646 include an unknown glowing substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space.

    MP 646 has been shipped to our troops in Saudi Arabia and is also being dropped by our warplanes on Iraq.

    Do not taunt MP 646.

    [RIP Phil Hartman]

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