Happy Birthday, Band-Aids!

Having just sliced open my finger while cutting an apple, I can tell you that I’m extremely grateful for the existence of Band-Aids. If it weren’t for them, I’d probably still be standing over the bathroom sink, reinventing the aftermath of the murder scene from Psycho. Instead, here I am, happily typing away, and hitting two keys at once every time I use that bandaged finger.

Band-Aids have become so ubiquitous that this Johnson and Johnson product name has become the generic term for adhesive bandages in most English speaking countries. And coincidentally, they were invented in 1920 by an employee named Earle Dickson. So, happy 100th birthday to Band-Aids!

Band-Aids were hand made until 1924, and weren’t sterilized until 1939. In 1951, decorative Band-Aids came out. Boo boos are much more fun now that we don’t have to resort to a color that is not reflective of the majority of skin tones on the planet.

It must have been a royal pain to deal with a cut or a burn before Band-Aids. How spoiled we are. Just something for your next trivia contest.

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