What Genius Came Up With Post-it Notes?

photo taken by me - my computer
Preston, England
December 1, 2015 8:52am CST
Post-It Notes are really handy for leaving memos and reminders that get ignored or found days after they ought to have been read. I am always finding scrunched up bits of yellow squared paper lying around – I ought to write myself a post it to remind myself to round up all the old post-its for disposal. It’s not like we were wiping out rain-forests fast enough without finding another excuse to mass produce paper-stationary – further proof that there is no such thing as the paperless office, home, etc. I found out recently that my computer has a post it notes function programme – I can actually post a post it note to myself electronically to clutter my monitor screen as well as my fridge, the phone, coffee tables and other places I find post it notes. I expect to find them on my coffin at this rate – we have evolved minds, which include something called memory – if something is important enough, that should tell us without a tear off slip of coloured paper stuck to a fridge magnet memento of a country someone else visited and brought home for you to remind you that they went and you didn’t. Post it note reminder – no more post it notes. Like other post it notes, this will be ignored. Arthur Chappell
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@owlwings (38858)
• Cambridge, England
1 Dec 15
Actually, Post-it notes (or rather the adhesive which makes them possible) were a bit of an accident ... or the result of several accidents. I suppose that people have been leaving bits of paper with notes on around since at least the time of the Ancient Egyptians (and before that, no doubt, they jotted things down on bits of wood or clay). Apparently a certain Dr. Spencer Silver was trying to find a formula for a super-strong adhesive in 1968 and managed to find what one might call a 'super-weak' one instead. The colour yellow was an accident too and it was almost an accident that they ever went on the market. You can read all about it here:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Post-it note A small pad of original style lined yellow Post-it Brand notes Product type Stationery, paper Owner 3M Country Cynthiana, Kentucky, U.S. Introduced 1977 Website 3m.com A Post-it
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• United States
1 Dec 15
No, no, no ... I really hate to disagree with you, Owl, but you are incorrect here. What you have referenced might be the "official story" that they are going with, because it sounds better. However, it is common knowledge for anyone with children that the original post-it note came from a toddler getting into the paper and glue and leaving Mommy and Daddy pretty pictures all around!
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• Preston, England
1 Dec 15
@purplealabaster the child was more likely to decorate surfaces less easy to clean up afterwards
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• United States
1 Dec 15
@arthurchappell Not necessarily. My one daughter did try to decorate the wall, table and desk. The other daughter, though, has always been obsessed with paper and would decorate it, make it look like different things such as pocketbooks, phones, etc., and then use tape, glue, the sticky part of envelopes and pretty much anything she could get her hands on to stick her artwork up on display.
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@WorDazza (9824)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
No idea who invented them! But I'm prepared to bet they're rich now!!!
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• Bangalore, India
1 Dec 15
@wordazza, nice one, really nice one.
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
2 Dec 15
I used to know this one, and I think they are very rich.
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• United States
2 Dec 15
They were 'discovered' by accident and what an accident it turned out to be.
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• Preston, England
2 Dec 15
very lucky for whoever patented them
• United States
2 Dec 15
@arthurchappell Probably a very rich person..LOL
@Inlemay (16484)
• South Africa
1 Dec 15
Now I wonder what the ones on your coffin will say? that got me thinking
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• Preston, England
2 Dec 15
@Inlemay don't forget to put the cat out? lol
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@Inlemay (16484)
• South Africa
2 Dec 15
@arthurchappell wakakakakakaka
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@sharon6345 (118265)
• United States
1 Dec 15
If they were round and not square would you like them better..
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@owlwings (38858)
• Cambridge, England
1 Dec 15
You can get round ones, heart-shaped ones, callout-shaped ones and (for all I know) owl-shaped ones, too!
@gudheart (12758)
1 Dec 15
I can imagine the amount of trees that have been cut down for the amount of post it notes I have in my office!!
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• United States
2 Dec 15
I have those sticky yellow post-its all over my desk
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• Preston, England
2 Dec 15
my computer actually has an app of electric post it notes which is really handy
@Dragonairy1 (1414)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
2 Dec 15
I currently have 3 of the digital ones on my computer at work we are barred from using them (well they won't buy them for us) after we went through the last ones (about an inch thick) in about 2 days
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@brokenbee (7806)
• Philippines
1 Dec 15
I was so amazed the first time I saw post-it-notes. And they are quite useful.
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@troyburns (1438)
• New Zealand
1 Dec 15
I seem to remember that Romy (Mira Sorvino) from "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" invented post-its. At least, that's what she claimed...
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• United Kingdom
1 Dec 15
I love them - they're really useful for me as I have four kids and we're all off doing our own thing, a Post It Note on the fridge (for the kids) or kettle (for me, from them) is the perfect way of communicating sometimes!
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@Susan2015 (20161)
• United States
1 Dec 15
Whoever invented those are very rich. And they are just sticky notes. But I have bought them in the past.
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1 Dec 15
But some of them are so pretty. Pink ones are my favourite. Or cute little diddy ones. Or my Beatles ones, which have rubbish adhesive. Please don't deprive me of my pretties!
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@PainsOnSlate (20078)
• Canada
1 Dec 15
We tend to ignore them too but the good side of them and the destroying rain forests is no one mails a letter anymore because no one can afford postage in this day and age. writing on the computer is so much cheaper... sort of.
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@Jessicalynnt (47791)
• Centralia, Missouri
1 Dec 15
I rather like marker boards for notes
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@Bluedoll (17075)
• Canada
1 Dec 15
And then there is the one you thought you needed but is now only incomprehensible floor litter because it was stuck to the bottom of your shoe.
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
1 Dec 15
My monitor is cluttered up with post it notes. We don't use them a lot around the house. But using that little paper means using less big papers maybe.
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@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
I believe that post it notes were one of those items that were created by accident when they were trying to develop a decent adhesive. The result was so poor that the glue proved ideal for such a temporary job.
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@shshiju (10277)
• Cochin, India
1 Dec 15
Try to solve your one third of notes. Then it is easy to handle your rest of notes
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@glenniah (1203)
• Mandurah, Australia
2 Dec 15
Aren't Post it notes something to do with some one in Angela Lansbury's family. I forget but it is someone related to someone in films hehe