A thought during my recent flight to Boston: The common understanding is that the Bernoulli Principle is what allows a plane to fly.
I beg to differ. The Bernoulli Principle is what gives the wings lift, but they don't lift the fuselage with its passengers and cargo. To get the main body of the plane up in the air along with the wings, you need van der Waals forces. A plane's wings are held on by adhesives, which in this case, adhere due to van der Waals forces.
Why adhesives and not rivets? Adhesives spread out the stresses more uniformly across the entire bonding surface, while rivets would be stress concentrators.