May 27, 2020 – National Grape Popsicle Day | National Cellophane Tape Day

Transcript for May 27th

Welcome to May 27th, 2020 as we bridge the social distance on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate happy accidents.  More after the break from Marlo Anderson.  

Like so many good things, the Popsicle’s creation was a happy accident. In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson was sitting on his front porch, stirring a cupful of powdered soda and water with a stick. That night was unusually cold, and the forgotten mixture left out on the porch was transformed by the next morning into a frozen pop, that would later be known as the Popsicle. On National Grape Popsicle Day you can celebrate warmer weather with this cool treat in one of the most underrated flavors. Purple is the color of royalty for a reason.

Unlike the popsicle, cellophane tape was not an overnight success.  The inventor, Richard Gurley Drew created “invisible tape” in 1930 to seal cellophane packages sold in groceries and bakeries but when folks began heat sealing those packages his invention missed the mark completely.  3M company had the last laugh however, when the product found a market in homes and offices and you’d be hard pressed to wrap a package today without this handy invention. On National Cellophane Tape Day you may also celebrate the happy accident of tying up your little brother with this surprisingly strong restraint.  (Marlo: that doesn’t sound like an accident.) Wait, did I say that out loud?

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