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Where Did the Straw Come From? By: Denae Ann Kohler We use things every day that were once new inventions. We use these brilliant ideas without ever stopping to think where they came from or whose mind was behind their creation. While chewing on the straw from my drink the other day, I thought to myself, where do straws come from? So, I did what anyone would do with such a question, I turned to Google. As we all know, there have been many versions of the straw; the straight kind, the kind with a scoop at one end, the swirly ones, and many others, but whose invention led to the modern-day standard straw? A Washington, D.C. man named Marvin Chester Stone did. Mr. Stone was drinking from what was once known as a straw back in the 1880’s, a stalk of rye grass. The rye grass added a strange flavor to his drink, so he decided to make his own straw. He first took paper strips and wrapped them around a pencil, removed the pencil, and glued the paper together. Once he had the initial design down, he changed materials to make the straw more durable and less dissolvable. When he patented his design in 1888, he was using paraffin-coated Manila paper that had a bend at the top, and thus the modern day straw was born. Practically everything we encounter throughout our days has been invented. We often overlook the significance of these things, but their absence would be noticed if they suddenly disappeared. Imagine drinking through a soda cup lid without a straw? Needless to say, next time you use a straw, appreciate it! Happy drinking!!! 19 www.foothillstimes.com


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