Today I found out making tires black, instead of the natural white color of rubber, produces a much stronger and longer lasting tire.
Originally rubber tires were white, which is the natural color of rubber. In the early 1900s, Binney & Smith began selling their carbon black chemicals to Goodrich Tire Company, as it was found that the use of carbon black in rubber manufacturing significantly increased certain desirable qualities for rubber meant to be turned into tires. Interestingly, Binney & Smith would later switch to making school products, and, eventually, re-name their company after their most popular product, Crayola Crayons
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