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“Flood every joint with oil”

In a moment of frustration, submitted to The Cosmopolitan Shorthander (Toronto) for its May 1887 issue –

In our time, we might add: “Flood every joint with WD-40.”

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  • Bill M March 3, 2020, 10:29 pm

    I’ve been operating my typewriter wrong for years! I now know how to use it.

    Very neat post. I am only teasing about my typewriter operation.

  • Richard P March 4, 2020, 12:15 am
    • Mark Adams March 6, 2020, 6:16 pm

      Indeed. I am no hater of WD-40, but it does (like everything else) have to be used correctly, and in any given situation, “correct” use varies. (To be honest, I do use WD-40 modestly, as it’s what’s around the house. I haven’t considered the lube I use on my bike chain, but that’s high-quality stuff, and expensive!)

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