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The inventor of Vaseline, Robert Chesebrough, ate a spoonful of the stuff every single day.

The inventor of Vaseline, Robert Chesebrough, ate a spoonful of the stuff every single day.
The inventor of Vaseline, Robert Chesebrough, ate a spoonful of the stuff every single day.

Robert Augustus Chesebrough, (January 9, 1837 – September 8, 1933) was an American chemist. He discovered petroleum jellywhich he marketed as Vaseline and he founded the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company.

Chesebrough began his career as a chemist clarifying kerosene from the oil of sperm whales. The discovery of petroleum in Titusville, Pennsylvania, rendered his job obsolete, so he traveled to Titusville to research what new materials might be created from the new fuel. This led to his discovery of petroleum jelly, which he trade-named as Vaseline.

Chesebrough lived to be 96 years old and was such a believer in Vaseline that he claimed to have eaten a spoonful of it every day.


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