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POST-IT anywhere!

 I love Post-it notes. These great little self-stick papers are useful for forgetful people like me.

The story? No one actually burned a brow overnight to invent Post-it notes. Like many other things, it was invented by accident. A guy named Spencer Silver was working in 3M Research laboratory in 1970 trying  to make a strong adhesive. What turned out was a weak adhesive that could easily be lifted off. Silver however did not discard the failed invention.

Four years later, Silver’s colleague Arthur Fry in church choir was using markers in his hymnal. It was such an inconvenience for they kept falling out of the book. Remembering Silver’s weak  adhesive, he used some and it was…bingo!

In 1980, 3M Research began distributing Post-it notes nationwide. Today, there is no denying that Post-it notes invention was not really a failure.

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April 12, 2010 - Posted by | On things amazing

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