Small things that change everything
Now we have drinking straws in all sorts of fancy designs. Do you know that the first drinking tubes were actually made of glass? Even though straws made by paraffined manila paper came along later, they cracked easily and were not quite hygienic. And the straight shape makes it even more frustrating for little kids; they have to bend the straw to drink from a tall glass. One day an American called Joseph Friedman saw his little daughter having trouble drinking with her soda straw. He came up with an idea and made a flexible plastic straw which has a corrugated section, allowing it to bend to any angle easily. Not only little kids are fascinated by it. Bed-ridden patients could have medicine much more easily with this flexible straw.
Flexible straw was invented in 1938. And we still benefit from this seemingly simple design. Cool, huh?
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