The science of removing bugs from windshields

When you clean bugs off your car's windshield, think of Detroit researcher Clark Wells who spent his career figuring out how best to do this.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Mar 22, 1953

The curious actions of Frederick Brownell (left) and Clark Wells at Detroit are in the interests of science. They are using pea-shooter and slingshot to shoot bugs against a windshield at squashing velocity so that Wells, a chemist, can then test fluids to be used in wiper spray to remove them. For his experiments, Wells buys such insects as bumble bees, June bugs, fish flies, deer flies and other of the more succulent species from collectors for amounts up to a dime each.

Huntsville Times - June 20, 1954

Inventor Clark Wells, of Fraser, Mich., lacked the bugs he needed to test out a windshield wiper fluid he was perfecting, so he placed a Classified Ad in a Detroit paper, soon had an adequate supply of bumblebees, June bugs and other insects.

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 08, 2020
     Category: Insects and Spiders | Science | 1950s | Cars

Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.
Posted by Phideaux on 08/08/20 at 07:10 PM
Let me guess: The solution he developed after a lifetime of research caused cancer and birth defects...
Posted by Brian on 08/09/20 at 09:49 PM
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