Jan 3, 1888 - The drinking straw was patented by Marvin C. Stone.  No longer did we have to endure the annoying process of bringing a glass all the way up to our lips and actually tip it in order to get the fluid to come out of the glass.  Glad that hassle is long behind us.  Be a winner with the Classic Rewards Club when you enter the keyword Straw.  Good luck and thanks for listening.