Magazine May 28, 2018, Issue

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A Thesis On The Bendy Straw

In his Athwart column (May 14), James Lileks imagines some future academic writing “a thesis on the insidious invention of the bendy straw.” While I am not aware of an actual thesis, a fair amount of scholarly work has been done on this very topic.

The inventor was Joseph Friedman, a Cleveland native living in San Francisco. His brother ran an ice-cream shop, and when Friedman saw his young daughter struggling to drink her soda through a straight straw, he devised a method to corrugate a section of it in a way that would permit bending.

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