Post-Its Turn The Big Three-Oh



In the BW newsroom, we work on fancy little Mac Minis and 19-inch LCD screens, we sport cell phones, we haul around our laptops, we save documents in the cloud. And on every laminated desk surface, computer monitor and phone receiver, sticks a little throwback to a time when stories were clacked out on old IBM Selectrics and we still had to go to the library to do research: Post-It Notes.

Since their invention in 1980, 3M's Post-It Notes with their mysterious sticky-but-not-too-sticky properties have become as much a staple of the modern office as, well, staples. They've also found their way out of the cubicle and into popular culture.

In 1997's Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Michele (played by Lisa Kudrow) dreams about inventing the coolest thing she can think of to impress the clique of snotty bitches that made high school hellish.

Michele: Oh, okay. Um, I invented Post-Its.
Inventors of Post-It Notes and high fashion
  • Inventors of Post-It Notes and high fashion.

Christie: No offense, Michele, but how in the world did you think of Post-Its?
Michele: Actually I invented a special kind of glue.
Christie: Oh really? Well then I'm sure you wouldn't mind giving us a detailed account of exactly how you concocted this miracle glue, would you?
Michele: No. Um, well, ordinarily when you make glue first you need to thermoset your resin and then after it cools you have to mix in an epoxide, which is really just a fancy-schmancy name for any simple oxygenated adhesive, right? And then I thought maybe, just maybe, you could raise the viscosity by adding a complex glucose derivative during the emulsification process and it turns out I was right.

In 2000, Latvian costume designer Ilze Vitolina created a collection of designer gowns fashioned from Post-It Notes.

David Alvarez used more than 2,000 Post-It Notes to create a large "mural" of Ray Charles

And somebody used Post-It Notes to piss off a colleague. But it's OK. They come right off.