The origins of duck tape (or duct tape as some call it) date back to World War II. The tape was originally developed by Johnson & Johnson to seal ammunition boxes. Soldiers needed a way to seal ammunition cases against moisture. The tape was required to be ripped by hand, not cut with scissors. It was easy to apply and remove, and was soon adapted to repair military equipment quickly, including vehicles and weapons. This tape, colored in Army standard olive matte drab, was nicknamed “duck tape” by the soldiers.