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Bostik Blu Tack
Member Name: Danscomp
Bostik Blu Tack
Disadvantages: Can sometimes leave marks behind
What's blue and smells of rubber? No, you naughty person. The answer is blu tack. The odds are extremely high that you will be familiar with not only the colour and aroma, but also feel, form and function. When I were a lad it were used to stick oop posters and t' like to bedroom wall.
It still is. The usefulness of this putty like substance continues to make lots of money for Bostik. As long as it is fairly light weight and there's a dry, clean surface, you can quite literally stick it. As a substance, Blu-tak is pressure sensitive. The warmer it gets, the more pliant it becomes.
Quite what it is made from is a trade secret. Perhaps I've guessed it with the title of my piece. It would certainly explain why Gargamel was so determined to get his hands on the little blighters. We do know that it is synthetic, and that it can be swallowed without harm. It will burn, which will produce toxic smoke and is therefore only recommended for the terminally stupid.
One of the more intelligent and interesting uses that Blu tack can be used for is as a kneaded eraser for graphite (pencil drawings) . As anyone who has tried it can testify, you can "lift" printed cartoons from newspaper and transfer them onto a plain sheet of paper. It was coloured blue due to concerns that small children might eat it. Quite why the colour would make a difference, I've yet to figure out. Even a two-year old is not going to mistake this for mashed potato.
Other companies have inevitably copied Blu tack with varying degrees of success. They certainly don't get the brand name, forcing them to create new ones of their own. The yanks went for "fun-tak, surprisingly without being sued. The Saffas call it Prestik. The Danes call it elefantsnot. One imagines it may be green.
I have some in my desk drawer and it's used at home. You can buy a 113gram strip for about £2. Best of all, it seems to be virtually endlessly reusable.