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How did this get named?
From: "Geoffrey Ludwig"
How did Ben Gay get it's name? Did some scientist
named Ben come up with a name for his antidote for muscle and
arthritis pain, then some guy walked into Ben's lab and needed a
massage from Ben with his antidote, then Ben's boss walked into the
lab and caught him rubbing this stuff on another guy, and claimed to
Ben that he is gay? That would be funny!
TB did research and found this:
Ben Gay is a topical liniment/analgesic whose main
ingredient is Methyl Salicyate, Menthol and camphor. It has been
around since 1898 and it is marketed by Pfizer. The inventor was Dr.
Benjamin Gay. The word "gay" as not in use until after World War II
and became popular phrasing in the fifties due to the seemingly
effeminate nature of some homosexuals. By then the brand name BEN
GAY was a household name and it would have been too costly to change
the name of a product that is sold worldwide.
Jax added this:
It was developed in the late 1800's by a French
pharmacist, Dr Bengue. BenGay is a salicylate cream that reduces
muscle and joint pain without the potential side effects of an oral
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