Monday, April 6, 2009

Post-It Notes Celebrate 29th Birthday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Today (Apr. 6), one sticky office staple is turning the big 2-9.

Post-it Notes are celebrating their 29th anniversary, and the simple little memo sheets – which were officially stuck on shelves April 6, 1980 – have become an integral part of the home and office.

Post-its were a collaborative effort between Dr. Spencer Silver, who created the special adhesive that makes them stick, and his colleague Art Fry, who had the genius idea to put the adhesive on the back of little sheets of paper.

Though Post-its started out with just the classic canary notes, today they’re available in eight standard sizes, 25 shapes, and 62 colors.

The smallest Post-its are 0.5-inch by 1.75-inch “flags,” and the biggest ones, dubbed “easel pads,” are 25 by 30 inches.

According to researchers, it would take 506,880,000 Post-its to circle the world once.

Today’s average professional receives 11 Post-it messages each day, so clearly, the idea born decades ago has really stuck.

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