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. It was originally developed during World War II in 1942 as a waterproof sealing tape for ammunition casings. Permacel, then a division of Johnson & Johnson, used a rubber-based adhesive to help the tape resist water and a fabric backing to facilitate
Duct tape, originally known as duck tape, is a strong, fabric-based, multi-purpose adhesive tape, usually silver in color, although many other colors, including transparent, are also available, and is usually 2 inches (50 mm) wide.
Explanation: Duct tape is just a grey silvery tape that was first used to seal metal ducts. But now it has so many uses. What distinguishes it from any other tape is that it is very strong. I am sure all of us has seen at some point someone gagged with it in an American movie & how painful taking it off is. It is so strong, it is actually used to stick electricity cables to the asphalt while installing them.