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How Was Bacon Used to Make Explosives Used in World War 2

Professor of Financial Economics and Part-time Value Investor, Transfin.
Apr 7, 2020 8:33 PM 2 min read

What are some materials needed to make a bomb?


Trinitrotoluene (TNT), Triacetone Triperoxide (TAPT), RDX, Bacon




Making Bombs From Bacon

During World War II, The American Fat Salvage Committee was created to urge housewives to save all the excess fat left over from cooking and donate it to the army to help them produce explosives. 


Housewives were directed to strain the left over fats and store them. Once a pound or more was collected, it was to be handed over to any one of 250,000 participating butchers, retail meat dealers or 4,000 frozen food plants who would then turn the fat over to the army. The donor would get four cents a pound for the fat, and in December 1943 when lard and butter began to be rationed, the government started offering two ration points per pound as well.


One pound of fat supposedly contained enough glycerin to make about a pound of explosives


And to popularize the message, in 1942, the Disney Studios created a film Out of the Frying Pan and into the Firing Line for the Conservation Division of the War Production Board - a public service announcement (PSA) starring Minnie Mouse and her dog, Pluto, which showed “the importance of housewives saving waste fats for the purpose of making shells and explosives.”


The idea was to engage women in the war effort right from their kitchens, and during the war, handing over cooking fat to the government meant fulfilling your patriotic duty.


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