Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Scotch Tape Celebrates 75th Anniversary

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The makers of Scotch Tape are on a roll, because tomorrow (Sep. 8) marks the 75th anniversary of the invention.

According to big wigs at 3M – the maker of Scotch Tape – engineer Richard Drew invented the transparent tape on September 8, 1930, as a moisture-proof seal for cellophane food packaging.

Scotch Tape got its name after a customer insulted to the tape’s engineers for being cheap because the tape originally only had adhesive on the edges. The customer told 3M’s designers to go back to their “Scotch” bosses and put adhesive all over the tape.

Since those days, the tape has been used on just about anything and everything.

Customers have reportedly used it as an anti-corrosive shield on the Goodyear blimp and to cover cracks in the soft shells of fertilized pigeon and turkey eggs.

One high-binding landlord in Bangkok, Thailand, admitted to repairing cracks in the ceiling of tenants’ apartments with Scotch Tape.

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