Claim: WD-40 released a print advertisement in 1964 that was full of sexual innuendo.
Example: [Collected via Twitter, November 2014]
— Bill Mooneyhan (@billmooneyhan) November 12, 2014
Origins: An image purportedly showing a 1964 print advertisement for the
This is a genuine advertisement from 1964 when WD40 was first released. What can be said now has been completely sanitized. Could this advert be released today?
The date attached to the claim does not match up with WD-40’s actual timeline, though: The product was made commercially available in
A few years following WD-40 ‘s first industrial use, Rocket Chemical Company founder Norm Larsen experimented with putting
In addition to the questionable date associated with the image, there are several aspects of the advertisement that ring false. First, this is the only image available on the Internet showing the notable
suggest it isn’t a photograph at all: While the paper advertisement appears old and crinkled, the lettering remains straight, indicating the text is probably nothing more than a digital overlay placed onto an “old wrinkled page” background image. Finally, the image describes the product as
Even though the image of the “1964”
Last updated: 30 September 2015