Useless information #49 - TIL who invented the rubber boots

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The correct answer is...

The Amazon Indians!

Let me guess... your answer was Charles Goodyear.

He did found out important things about rubber but decided to share his findings with a couple of "friends" who patented the process of vulcanization after analyzing a rubber sample he gave them. After a life of poverty he died leaving great amounts of debt behind.

Back to the Indians.

It's quite easy actually...

They extracted liquid latex from trees, put it around the feet and legs and waited for it to dry.

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