A Sticky Situation #socs

So Linda asked us to “ask someone else,” either a living person, the radio, or a book for a word. I didn’t exactly do that. Instead I went to the Random Word Generator and asked to to give me a list of 20 words that are fewer than 4 syllables long. Right at the bottom of my list was this word:

GLUE

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There are all kinds of glue, or maybe I should say adhesives, because I think all glues are adhesives, but not all adhesives are glue. I have experience wiuth many of them, including library paste, rubber cement, silicone glue, glue sticks, mucilage (now, there’s some weird stuff) and good old Elmer’s Glue-All, which is by far the most popular glue in the entire world… okay, maybe just the United States. It was made by Borden, who made just about everything back in the day, not just milk and milk products but also things like Mystik tape and Con-Tac paper. Mystik used to have a factory across the street from my high school, and we had an Environment Club that would go and protest in front of it a few times a year, not that it was that big of a polluter, but it was the principle of
“sticking it to the man,” very popular in the ’70’s. Eventually, the plant shut down, and not long after that the school district, realizing it no longer had enough students to operate two high schools, closed down our campus, the newer of the two. I think it’s reopened, at least for some students, but I haven’t kept up with the place, wanting to stay as far away from the place as possible since graduating.

Where was I? Oh yeah… Borden used to have Elsie the Cow as its spokesbovine for its milk products, and they created Elmer as Elsie’s mate and spokesbovine for Borden’s chemical division. Together their issue includes Beaulah and Beauregard in 1948 and Larrabee (no relation to the character on Get Smart) and Lobelia in 1957. Why do I think that’s important? I dunno.

I remember back in grammar school we were doing one of those art projects where you cut shapes out of construction paper, then glue them to another piece of construction paper. The nun told us to use rubber cement, because you could pick up and rearrange the piecees before the glue dried. Of course, the nun supplied two large jars of rubber cement for the project, and as was normally the case, some kid (the class artiste, and no, it wasn’t me) was hogging one of them. One guy (again, not me) got tired of waiting for the one remaining jar and decided to attach his pieces of construction paper using Elmer’s glue. The nun about had a stroke and chewed the kid out, because his picture would have wrinkles instead of being smooth like everyone else’s. He didn’t care, and neither did the rest of us.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now here are Elsie, Beauregard and Elmer for Borden’s Egg Nog. Borden’s: Very Big On Flavor!

(Talk about your stroke of luck: I had no idea I’d find a commercial with Elsie, Elmer and Beauregard that was appropriate for the season…)

If I don’t see you before then, Happy New Year!

28 thoughts on “A Sticky Situation #socs

  1. Rubber cement always sent me daydreaming and focused on making things with it as opposed to letting it hold stuff together. Fortunately, I wasn’t the charge of ruler carrying nuns.

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    1. Of course, the daydreaming might have been as a result of the fumes. Remember making models and using the model glue (I think it was made by Testors)? There was a hefty dose of toluene in that stuff. When I was in high school, we had a lab in chemistry where we worked with organic compounds, including toluene, and by the time it was over we were all high…

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  2. Having done a lot of collages in the past couple of decades as a counselor and for my own enjoyment, ie “vision boards”, I have found glue sticks to be a marvelous invention – almost as good as rubber cement for making minor adjustments early in the process. It’s best to lay everything out before gluing.

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        1. Looked up glue sticks on Wikipedia, and it says they’ve been around since 1969, but I don’t remember them before I was in college in the mid-’70’s. Evidently they have ones now that can hold together wood, glass and other materials. Certainly would have made a few tasks I had much easier.

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  3. I use a lot of tape runners in my crafting. They make both a permanent and a repositionable one so you can still move it around if you want. I use Elmers glue sticks too. When you started talking about the rubber cement I was sure you were going to go with the getting high part.

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  4. Way to create a stick in my head kind of post! And now I’m craving eggnog, too. I remember that rubber cement and the smell of it. It’s it funny how things that happen to us as a kid in art class stick with us? Thanks again for sharing a great story with fun facts that stick together in a cohesive SoCS post! You’re brilliant!

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  5. Had an interesting experience with a product called LIQUID BANDAGE. It’s really a super glue of some sort. Used it on a bad scrape I got on my arm and it worked fine. Put it away until my next self-inflicted wound experience. Sure enough I had to use it again in a few weeks. When I went to use it again I couldn’t unscrew the cap. I apparently got the stuff on the threads of the cap or bottle and it was glued solid! Used a wrench to try and unscrew it and snapped the neck of the bottle off! Anyway, that’s my glue or adhesive story for the day.

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  6. This post made my day for many reasons.

    1- Con-tac paper. Mom lined all her shelves with that stuff. I tried to re-create when I got my own place but man what a pain. So I slacked, so my cabinets were not nearly as pristine.
    2- “Sticking it to the man”. That was so 70s. It’s how St.MM started the first ever paper drives in the entire city.
    3- Assorted bovines of which I only knew Elmer and Elsie. Now I’ve learned something new.
    4- I could’ve been in that class with you. Sr. Frances had community rubber cement. By the time it got to my table, it was in no condition to use.
    5- I am going to grab some eggnog while the getting is good. Bet it will be gone if it’s not gone already. Of course I could always try making some from scratch. Hmmmmm.

    Thanks for the chuckles and strolls down memory lane. Looking forward to more posts just like this in 2019. Happy New Year!!!

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  7. I think the use of rubber cement is something every novice Sister has to learn, especially the ones who are teachers. They send you off to empty bedpans in hospitals if you can’t get the hang of it.

    They made clear Con-tac paper that Mom used to use to cover our books in grammar school. Leave it to a teacher to figure that out.

    Dad used to remind us that Egg Nog spelled backwards is “gon gge.” I miss Dad for things like that…

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  8. When I was touring with road shows I always kept a gallon of Elmer’s glue on hand. Like duct tape it was an all-purpose fix-it solution for quick repairs. I would preserve our wood carry crates by brushing watered down Elmer’s all over the outside of them. Those cases were tough and didn’t splinter like the untreated wood crates.

    Love that Random Word Generator. What fun! I’ll have to remember that for A to Z.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Elmer’s Glue-All is great for minor repairs and construction projects. I was building a mandolin from a kit (which I never finished) and that was the primary method of keeping the pieces together. I might have finished it if I had the tools and the dexterity to use them.

      The word generator is good, albeit a little limited (I think I was able to get one word that started with q or z, and I tried a bunch of different ways to get them). It would come in handy if you get stuck.

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  9. Interesting that Bordens used Elsie for the food line and Elmer for the chemical line. Reminds me of that skit on Saturday Night Live years ago, an ad for Shimmer: it’s a floor wax AND a dessert topping! Great post.

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  10. I’ve never used rubber cement. I did use a lot of mucilage though, and that thick school paste. Now, I’ve bought Elmer’s glue by the gallon…I use a lot of it. I didn’t know that Elmer & Elsie were spokesbovines for different products. My cousin had a stuffed toy of Elsie…it was cute. 🙂

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