One of those “random thoughts”…

June 19, 2007 at 2:06 pm (General)

Here’s one of those questions that might occur to you when you are either chemically altered, or half-asleep, or bored out of your skull.

“Do they have Scotch Tape in Scotland?”

The answer is yes. Scots can buy Scotch Tape at Staples, and there is a store in Edinburgh.

Scots BloomThis also causes one to wonder, “why do they call it Scotch Tape?” The answer goes something like: A painter needed a masking tape that came off cleanly and didn’t pull the paint off. When he tried the prototype of the new tape, he watched it fall off as he was preparing to apply the second color of a two-tone car. The tape came loose because it had only a 1/2″ wide strip of adhesive along each edge, a money saving measure. The painter angrily said, “Take this back to your stingy Scotch bosses and tell them to put more adhesive on it.” This ethnic slur regarding Scottish thrift may have been unjustified, but it eventually got him the stickier tape he wanted. The name “Scotch” has “stuck” ever since.

From ethnic slurs were products born. Can’t do that now, though. Packs of feral lawyers will rip you a new one before you can say “so sue me”.

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