Scotch Tape: 5 Things You Didn’t Know


On this date in 1930, the 3M company introduced Scotch Tape.

Here are some things you may not have known about the adhesive tapes.

Until 2002, 3M stood for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. The company was founded in 1902 and its first profitable product was sandpaper.

In 1925, the company introduced masking tape. According to legend, a bodyshop painter involved in the development of masking tape ended up coining the Scotch brandname.

The company was testing how much adhesive the tape needed and gave the painter a roll with a light amount of adhesive. The painter, using Scotch as a pejorative term for stingy, responded by telling the inventor to “take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it!” Eventually the company would use the Scotch brand for all of its tape products.

What most people know as Scotch Tape is actually called Scotch Magic Tape. It was invented in 1961 and has a matte finish that’s invisible on paper. It can also be written upon.

3M used Scotch as a prefix on many other products as well, including Scotchgard stain repellant and Scotch-Brite cleaning pads.

Scotch tape is sometimes used as a generic term, which the 3M company obviously discourages. Sellotape in Europe and Sticky Tape in Australia are similarly genericized trademarks.

Our question: What’s the name of the Scotch tape equivalent in the “Harry Potter” books?


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It’s the birthday of actor Peter Sellers, who was born in 1925; singer Patsy Cline, who was born in 1932; and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who turns 75.

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