From Pumpkins to Pipettes

It’s that wonderfully, spooktacular time of year again! Who doesn’t love the Fall Season with its gorgeous colors, crisp air, crunching leaves and delicious smells? Not to mention all the spooky fun of Halloween… candy, costumes, jack-o’-lanterns, haunted hay rides! Followed by one of the tastiest holidays around… Thanksgiving! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Oh wait… I think that’s the Winter Season’s saying…. But the fall is a close second in our book!

PumpkinsWe may be a bit biased though since we are based out of New England and spoiled once a year by the breathtaking beauty of the Fall foliage and crisp Fall air. Actually, we are doubly biased! Did you know our little New Hampshire town of Keene has held 8 of the Guinness World Records for “most lit jack-o’-lanterns in one place” since 1992? Our last Guinness World Record was in 2003 with 28,952 lit jack-o’-lanterns at our annual Pumpkin Festival… crazy, right?! This year we are actually involved in a little friendly competition with the town of Highwood, Illinois which is attempting to win the Guinness World Record as well. We’ll need more than 32,000 lit jack-o’-lanterns to regain the record! HGTV will even be filming the battle between Highland, IL and Keene, NH ― to air “The Pumpkin Wars” on Halloween Night! Can you imagine what 30,000 lit jack-o’-lanterns looks like? It’s quite spectacular and lots of fun!

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So where in the world do labels come into play? Well….someone has to sell all those pumpkins, right? That’s where EIM comes in. Finding a label that will adhere to the rough, bumpy, uneven and often slick or wet surface of a pumpkin can be challenging. Especially when they’re picked up, turned around, bumping into each other… it’s a tough life, being a pumpkin! By offering a label that will adhere to those pumpkins―as well as remove easily―we make this labeling process easier and less frustrating for the farmers and nurseries who are selling us all of these pumpkins!

Did you also know that pumpkins historically―as well as currently―serve some medicinal purposes for certain ailments? They were once recommended as a cure for freckles in the early days of European settlement – we don’t have anything against freckles, though! Pumpkins were also used as a remedy for snake bites and the seeds are believed to help men avoid prostate cancer! Furthermore, if you are feeling feverish, it’s not a bad idea to boil a handful of pumpkin leaves and then drink the water.

But what about pipettes, you say? Now, you may not find a shelf full of pumpkins in a hospital or laboratory waiting to be used to cure ailments these days, but the same labels that are used in pumpkin patches can also be used in the medical field! Our #670 Wet Stick Labels are often ideal for labs because of their ability to work in wet conditions. They are tough, strong, water-resistant labels that will adhere to surfaces that may be wet or become wet at one time or another. They are also flexible enough to work on syringes or pipettes. So, from pumpkins to pipettes – we have label products for all types of applications!

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