Its original name was "Water Displacement, 40th Formula" and its mission…to prevent corrosion in nuclear missiles. This somewhat magical penetrating oil, known today as "WD-40," has been found to have hundreds (if not thousands) of alternative uses since its inception in 1953. Though the formula was perfected by industrial chemist Norm Larsen on his fortieth try, every day people have been using it for much more than quieting squeaky hinges and cleaning oil spots. Here are ten uses for WD-40 you may not be aware of:

1. Gum repeller

A nightmare for both children and adults is the dreaded wad of gum caught in a child's hair. Before reaching for the peanut butter or scissors, consider a spray of WD-40. Spray the afflicted area of hair while in a well-ventilated area, avoiding eye and nose areas. After removing gum, wash your hands and your child's hair well.

2. Tomato stain remover

What else can catch someone's attention like a bright red tomato sauce stain on your favorite blouse, dress or tablecloth? Remove these stains easily by spraying WD-40 directly onto the spot. Wait 5-10 minutes and then wash as you normally would.

3. Say goodbye to pesky squirrels

Love to decorate your backyard with bird feeders during the spring, but hate when squirrels steal all the food? Solve this problem easily by generously spraying WD-40 on top of the feeder. Squirrels will have a difficult time latching on and will ultimately slide off.

4. Prevent wasps nests

During spring and summer, pesky wasps love nothing more than building their nests under the eaves of your home. Apply a generous misting of WD-40 under all eaves several times throughout the season and this will help block nests from attaching to the structure. Speaking of bugs that can sting, some people swear by a quick spray of WD-40 on bee stings to relieve the pain!

5. Remove old bumper stickers

Maybe your political candidate didn't win, or your mother-in-law didn't find the humor in your latest bumper sticker. Whatever your reason is for removing a decal or sticker from your vehicle, let WD-40 do the job. Many people swear that spraying them down and waiting about a minute makes complete removal a snap. No need to break out the razor blades and mess up your paint job. This trick also works with the removal of stickers from glass windows!

6. Erase crayon and marker spots

Perhaps your child got a hold of the crayons and markers again and went to town on the walls, furniture and appliances. Have no fear, WD-40 is here! Spray a small amount on marks and wipe away with a clean rag. WD-40 will not eat away at paint and is safe to use on most wallpapers, though you may want to try a test section first.

7. Prevent dead bug buildup

If you have a road trip in your near future, you may be dreading the barrage of dead bugs you will be faced with on your car grille once you arrive at your destination. To prevent this, spray your grille with WD-40, and the majority of bugs will slide right off. For those stubborn pests that want to stick along for the ride, the application of WD-40 before the trip will make removal a snap later on. Simply wipe off the grille with a clean rag and enjoy your trip. WD-40 won't damage the finish on your car.

8. Remove paint scuffs from your car

You arrive at your parked car to see another vehicle got too close and left a paint scuff mark somewhere on your vehicle. Help restore your car to its original finish by spraying the area with WD-40, waiting about 10-15 seconds and wiping with a clean rag. Voila! Good as new.