National Drinking Straw Day is celebrated annually on January 3. Imagine how you would drink a tall glass of juice or cold drinks without a straw. Of course, it will end up putting an artificial mustache on your face, which some of us would love to lick. Drinking straws have transformed the drinking appearance a lot better. So you would agree if a Day is assigned to celebrate this invention. National Drinking Straw Day acknowledges and celebrates the paraffin-covered paper drinking straw.
“There is no limit to what a man can do so long as he does not care a straw who gets the credit for it.” – Charles Edward Montague
History of National Drinking Straw Day
The history, origin, and founder of National Drinking Straw Day are unknown. But drinking straws have been in existence for several centuries earlier. Sumerians were the first of all to make straws, and they used them for drinking beer. To avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation that sink to the bottom, they would have come up with an idea to make the straws as they were known for drinking beer most often. The oldest drinking straw in existence was found in a Sumerian tomb that dates back to 3,000 B.C.E. The straw was a gold tube inlaid with a precious blue stone lapis lazuli.
The ryegrass straw came into fashion in the 1800s as it was cheap and soft during those times. But it had an unfortunate tendency to turn to mush in liquid. As to address these shortcomings, the modern drinking straw made of paper was patented in 1888 by Marvin C. Stone. The first straw he made was by wounding the paper around a pencil to make a thin tube, now sliding out the pencil from one end and applying glue between the strips. Later, he refined it with a machine that coats the outside of the paper with wax to hold it together, such that the glue will not get dissolve in bourbon. At present, there are a lot of shapes, colors, designs, and materials used in straw making.
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How to Celebrate National Drinking Straw Day
Celebrating National Drinking Straw Day is very simple. You can opt to drink all the cold drinks on this Day using a straw, from your morning tender coconut to your afternoon milkshake till the final sip of beer at night. Ask your family members and your colleagues in your office to drink their cold beverages using the straw. You can even introduce a new variety of straws made from renewable sources to reduce the use of plastic. Share your photos with the glass of juice with a straw on social media using the hashtag #DrinkingStrawDay.
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