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So you’re probably thinking “What the…?”, with a title like that, but stick with me. Post-it Notes are one of those simple, yet universal items that make people say “why didn’t I think of that?”. Post-it Notes have an interesting history, and were created quite by accident.
In 1968, Dr. Spencer Silver, a scientist at 3M in the United States, was attempting to develop a super-strong adhesive, but instead he accidentally created a “low-tack”, reusable, pressure-sensitive adhesive that has been characterized as “a solution without a problem”. For five years, Silver promoted his invention within 3M, both informally and through seminars, but without much success. In 1974, a colleague of his, Art Fry, who had attended one of Silver’s seminars, came up with the idea of using the adhesive to anchor his bookmark in his hymnbook. Fry then developed the idea by taking advantage of 3M’s officially sanctioned “permitted bootlegging” policy. 3M launched the product in…
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