“Ermal Frazee of Ohio invented the first pull tab or pop top way back in 1959. The pull tab, which separated from the can, caused an environmental catastrophe -- millions of little glitterin metal teardrops all over the country. Cows would eat grass with pull tabs in it. Anyone old enough to remember drinking a glass of milk and swallowin a metal pull tab won’t soon forget it. Pull tabs are still being excreted in some metropolitan areas like Pittsburgh, Boise, Ogden, and Fort Lauderdale. Fortunately, uh, the nightmare of this horrendous litter was solved by the pop top, which stays in the can as returnable green assets. This type of consumer friendly unit or can as it is called in the United States -- except in South Boston where the can is a jail or jail cell, er, or in Des Moines where the can is a hopper or toilet -- is still used by beer and soda companies but not, uh, milk farmers, all over the world. Semper Fi.”
Please give to Marine Toys For Tots Foundation: National Processing Center/ P.O. Box 4002896/ Des Moines, IA 50340
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