Plus the wonderful striped straws!
Who wouldn't enjoy a refreshing beverage sipped from a red and white paper straw?
This simple accessory made lunchtime entertaining and attractive.
Marvin C. Stone invented the drinking straw on January 3rd, 1888. Experimenting with paper wrapped around a pencil- and a wax coating, he introduced the world to a timeless way of enjoying a drink.
Or shooting paper wads.
I think many of us today take this invention for granted- rarely considering the advantage and tidiness of a straw. Every fast food and sit-down restaurant in the country offers a straw with the purchase of a drink.
Free! Hey- take two if you want!
Can you imagine the mess that some kids would make with a chocolate shake or a root beer float- if they didn't have a straw?
And how would we adults stir our mixed drinks at the bar without that little red straw-stirrer?
Straws are sometimes like the cherry on a sundae- just extra bling on an otherwise ho-hum food presentation. Doesn't a tall glass of icy lemonade just look better with a straw? And doesn't it make an iced coffee seem more sophisticated?
But maybe you just want to play with straws.... Like this:
I even found a website where you can buy the original paper straws:
Well, I'm off to keep my New Year's resolutions! Which is why you may want to tune in later this week when I'll probably need an umbrella in my drink instead of a straw!
But, you know- sometimes that's Just The Way It Is...