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March 2nd, 2005

An Ode to the Post-It Brand Note

Certainly one of my favorite inventions is the Post-It Brand Note (which I am writing without the trademark symbol, but would place here if I felt like it.) The Post-It Note is great. I use one nearly every day: I write notes, more notes, and instructions on them. And on occasion I doodle on them.

But there’s one thing I must confess: at home, I use my computer’s Stickies program way more than Post-It Brand Notes. Way more. It’s a great cross between a formal note-taking program and a word processor… and there’s no residue. But I can’t doodle on them.

I still feel the Post-It is one of my favorite office supplies, right up there with the stapler, the paper clip, and those big binder clips (which are also great at stopping runny noses.) Viva la Post-It Brand Note!

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 2, 2005 -- 9:33:29 am
I used one this morning to post on my door for the Fedex man (had to reinforce it a bit with a piece of tape... it's windy today).

Post-Its are definitely essentially, especially in the office. "Here's your password, take it with you, use it, and throw this away." (Though it's often found stuck on their monitors.)

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday March 2, 2005 -- 11:39:04 am
The cover of a recent Fall New Yorker featured a nice illustration in which a Central Park groundskeeper was raking up leaves as they fell from the trees. But the "trees" were computer monitors on top of wooden desks (brown colored desks, anyway), and the "leaves" were post-it notes falling from the computer monitors.

I wish I'd invented them. There's a good "failure" story behind them. Apparently, a 3M engineer wanted to make very high-strength glue, but ended up with low-tack glue: the experiment was a failure.

He shelved it for years and then it dawned on him, or someone else at 3M that the low tack glue on a piece of paper would replace regular notes Scotch taped to other papers. The idea was an instant success.

Exactly how did offices run back in the day, before Post-Its, White-Out, highlighters and hand sanitizers (not to mention word processors) were invented?

FROM: Another Idea
DATE: Thursday March 3, 2005 -- 10:15:53 pm
How about doing An Ode To The Chess Brand War Game (although "The Chess Brand" has been diluted by countless spinoffs with playing piece sets depicting everything from the Civil War to the Lord Or The Rings!)?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday March 4, 2005 -- 7:36:37 am

FROM: Just A Thought
DATE: Friday March 4, 2005 -- 9:10:26 am
Just a thought.

FROM: Vovenheimerpeoplers
DATE: Saturday June 25, 2005 -- 3:56:36 pm
We LOVE post-it notes!!!
staplers are SOOO overrated.

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