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Thu Dec 29, 2016, 10:31 AM

Today's Google Doodle: Charles Macintosh's 250th birthday:

Itís a wonder how the weatherbeaten Brits coped before Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh invented his eponymous waterproof coat. His invention, patented in 1823, came about as he experimented with coal-tar naphtha and rubber and realised they could be fused together with fabric to create a waterproof surface. These days in the U.K., itís common to call any type of raincoat a "Mac."

Todayís Doodle shows Macintosh enjoying a Scottish rain shower whilst testing his ingenious invention.


On the corner is a banker with a motorcar,
The little children laugh at him behind his back.
And the banker never wears a mac
In the pouring rain, very strange.
"Penny Lane," The Beatles

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