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Feb 22, 2018

One of my favorite movies I feel doesn’t get enough love is Romy & Michele’s High School reunion, starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow as two 20-somethings who realize their 10-year high school reunion is coming up and begin to transform their lives so they can go back and impress their former classmates.

They come up with a story of inventing something they think no one will question them on -- this movie came out in 1997, before we all had tiny computers in our pockets to fact check these things. The product they choose is the subject of today’s episode, which, spoiler alert, was not invented by Romy or Michele.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Post-It Notes.

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Media:

Music for Makers

Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion

Mira Sorvino Meets (And Apologizes To) The Real Inventor Of The Post-It - Huff Post Live

Sources:

Post-it Notes Were Invented By Accident - Today I Found Out

Who Invented Post-Its? - Wonderopolis

History Timeline: Post-it® Notes - 3M

Post-It Note - ThoughtCo.com

Post-it® Note - MoMA Learning

9 Things Invented or Discovered by Accident - How Stuff Works

The 'Hallelujah Moment' Behind The Invention Of The Post-it Note - CNN

History - 3M

Post-it Brand Celebrates 35 Years of Helping Great Ideas Take Shape - 3M

We Asked the Inventor of Post-its About 'Romy & Michele's High School Reunion' - Vice

How a Failed Experiment Led to One of the Best-Selling Products of All Time - Inc.

Why 3M's Marketing Sticks With Millennials and DIY'ers - Mashable

Positive Post-It Day - Cyberbullying Research Center