Skip to main content

For Find Out Friday Week 27- Did Romy and Michele Really Create Post-it Notes?

I know three things about Minneapolis, Minnesota.

One: It is the home of Rose Nylund.

Two: The Mall of America is there.

Three: It is where Post-it Notes were born.

In the 1997 comedy “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”, the girls use Post-it Notes as their claim to fame in order to impress their former high school classmates. Needless to say it doesn’t work. Unfortunately they were about twenty years too late.

But whoever did invent them was a genius.

They have certainly transformed my life. I use them daily as reminders and as indicators to mark my territory, mostly in the refrigerator.

As luck would have it I was sitting down tonight trying to catch up with my DVR and I was watching last week’s episode of “Mysteries at the Museum”, a must watch show for me. As I was listening and working this topic appeared before my eyes. Talk about good timing!!!

As host Don Wildman and the Internet informed me, this creation all began with a chemist named Spencer Silver. He had been working at the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (now called 3M) for several years when in 1968 he was tasked with inventing a special adhesive for airplane parts. What he came up with was a kind of glue that contained tiny bubbles that became increasingly sticky as it dried. However it was never strong enough for what it was needed for.

"People often think you invent a product and voila, it's done. But that's just not the case. It generally takes many years and many people to make something happen."
                                                                 - Spencer Silver

That’s where our story takes an intermission until around 1973. Silver’s friend and fellow 3M employee, Arthur Fry, was frustrated with his church’s hymnbooks because all of the papers were falling out due to wear and tear. That’s when it hit him; Silver’s glue could help solve this problem! From there these two partners used left over yellow scrap paper and created what they called bookmarks, stuck together with Silver’s glue, which they subsequently handed out to all of their friends.

By 1977 Silver and Fry had convinced 3M to bring their then called “Press ‘n’ Peel Pads” to market. They officially hit stores in 1980 under their new name, Post-it Notes. To date it is 3M’s highest selling item.

“My biggest reward is to see so many people use and appreciate my product."                                         

                                                                  - Arthur Fry

As time went on this glue went on to be used in medical bandages, interior decorating kits, although Silver nor Fry ever received any royalties from any of his products since they were 3M employees who created products as part of their job descriptions.

Silver retired from 3M in 1996 after filing at least twenty-two patents. In 2010 he was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame.

Although these bright and creative men never received any special payments for this invention, I do hope are held in high regard by their former classmates, whether or not they left their high school reunion in a helicopter. 


For More Information:


Popular posts from this blog

For Find Out Friday - Why Do Emery Boards Make My Skin Crawl?

You know that sound a fingernail makes when it scratches against a chalkboard?  You know that feeling the sound of that action gives you? I, like most people, hate that sound.  I instantly feel like scrunching my shoulders up to my neck and closing my eyes.  I feel the exact same way when I am using an emery board to file my nails. This annoying sensation has a name: “grima” which is Spanish for disgust or uneasiness. This term basically describes any feeling of being displeased, annoyed, or dissatisfied someone or something.  It is a feeling that psychologists are starting to pay more attention to as it relates to our other emotions.  Emery boards are traditionally made with cardboard that has small grains of sand adhered to them. It is the sandpaper that I believe makes me filled with grima.  According to studies that are being done around the world, it is not just the feeling that we associate with certain things like nails on a chalkboard or by using emery boards

For the Perfect Appetizer Dinner: “Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue”

Have you ever gone out to eat and wished that you just ordered a bunch of appetizers?  I have.  It is actually my preferred way to eat. I like to get a taste of a bunch of different things rather than one big plate. I am much more interested in the kinds of foods we eat as appetizers versus lunch or dinner. Desserts hardly ever register on my radar. At the beginning of this year, right before I was set to release my annual to do list , I stumbled upon a photo of the most beautiful plate of brisket nachos I have ever seen. I instantly wanted them. Naturally the establishment behind said nachos, Morgans Brooklyn Barbecue, earned a spot on my list. The week leading up to my visit all I could think about was “would those nachos be my entire meal or just my appetizer”? Sure I love all kinds of barbecue food: the ribs, the brisket, pulled pork, and don’t even get me started on those sides!! Any restaurant that serves mac and cheese, corn bread, and creamed spinach us

For Find Out Friday - How Do You Milk An Almond?

Despite my affinity for cheese and other dairy products, occasionally (actually a few times a week) I like to go dairy-free.  During those times I rely heavily on my favorite brand of almond milk, as seen in the picture above.  Though I know there is no dairy in this product, I constantly wonder: “how does one milk an almond”? Logically I am aware that no actually “milking” is taking place.  I also know that almond milk can be made at home, although I have zero interest in attempting to make it despite my love of spending time in my kitchen. So, what is the actual process?  How long does it take?  When / where / who was the first to successful develop this product? When talking about this kind of “milk” what we are really talking about is plant juices that resemble and can be used in the same ways as dairy milk. Plant like juice has been described as milk since about 1200 A.D. The first mentions can be found in a Baghdadi cookbook in the thirteenth