Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little invention history for today’s One Cup. On this date in 1888, Marvin C. Stone received a US patent for his only famous invention, which really was a modern take on an item with historic usage. That item, still commonly used today, helps in the transfer of liquids from one location to another. I keep one in my glove box in case they forget to give me one when they should, and I once wrote an angry letter to the city of Tucson because they wouldn’t let me have one at a hockey game. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – name this item patented by Marvin Stone on this date in 1888, whose successful usage depends an awful lot on the size of its bore.

Answer: The drinking straw

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