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Happy National Pipecleaner Day!

May 3, 2007

Did you know it was National Pipecleaner Day? No, it’s not in some silly calendar–it was a tradition when I was in undergrad. Near the end of the semester a group of students would drop piles and piles of pipecleaners all over campus. Outside the dining halls and classrooms, around the dorms, in the library. And throughout the stress-filled day, students could pick them up, twist them into works of art, or just bend them back and forth until they broke. Either helped disperse end-of-semester stress.

Now that I am working at a college, I could bring the celebration to a new school. Above you’ll see two students who work in our office posing with their creations. And below you’ll see another student, modeling her princess crown. Fabulous!

Sadly, I am not sure who else celebrates, because even on the wide world of the internets, a google search of “National Pipe Cleaner Day” turned up only three hits, all Grinnell related. Two were minutes from the student government approving ninety-some dollars for the purchase of–get this–10,000 pipe cleaners. Now that is a celebration. The third is a professor’s class notes for a CompSci class, on a class that prospective students would be visiting. Inbetween technobabble he outlines the speech he will give the prospies encouraging them to attend. Grinnell folks will get a kick out of it–the rest of you may follow the link as well if you wish.

If you want to help keep the tradition alive, dig out some pipe cleaners, pass them around to family, friends, or co-workers, and start bending! I’d love to see pictures if you do!

  1. May 3, 2007 8:46 pm

    What a fun tradition – glad that you are bringing it to another campus! 🙂

  2. May 4, 2007 1:41 pm

    FUN! I haven’t played with pipe cleaners in years!

    I got the package from you! Thanks!!!

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