From the battlefield to the backyard with everyone's favorite tapeduct tape.

It's in everyhandymans toolbox, every familys kitchen drawer, just about every hikers backpack and these days, its an inspiration to crafters nationwide.Its duct tape. And its indispensible.

Originally nicknamed duck tape for its water- repelling power, this tough, easy-to-rip sticky stuff, originally drab olive green in color, was first developed by the Johnson & Johnson company during World War II for American soldiers to keep their ammunition kits dry.

Post-war, civilians adapted the versatile product, soon manufactured in its more familiar silver hue, for around-the-house duties such as piecing together and patching heat and air-conditioning ductshence the later duct tape name.Duct tape is now available in dozens of patterns and colors and has also claimed fame as a trendy art and fashion material.

Duck or Duct?

Duct tape, made and marketed by several companies, is the official name of the extremely strong tape made of durable plastic, fabric mesh and rubber-based adhesive. Duck tape is its longtime nickname, as well as the moniker of the popular Duck Tape brand manufactured by ShurTech in Cleveland, Ohio.

Through the Years

-According to the World War II-era 1945 Johnson & Johnson Annual Report, Hundreds of thousands of miles of special waterproof tapes were used on tanks, planes and ammunition destined for overseas.

-Duct tape has been carried aboard every NASA space mission since 1965.

-In a celebrated 2012 episode of Discovery Channels Mythbusters, hosts Adam Savage and Jaime Hyneman are dropped on a deserted island armed with nothingbut a pallet of duct tape. In a previous episode, they built a duct tape rope bridge and demonstrated it could hold up to 67.3 pounds.

Calling All Dads!

The 11th annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival June 13-15, 2014, Avon, Ohio

This annual Fathers Day weekend celebration attracts thousands to the Duct Tape Capital of theWorld. Events include a Duck Tape Parade featuring massive floats made of duct tape and pageant queens decked out in glittery duct tape gowns. Other attractions: duct tape sculptures up to 15 feet tall, past winners of Duck brands Stuckon Prom Contest and duct-tape fashioned gownsfeatured on TVs Project Runway.

This article originally appeared as on American Profile