Damn You, 2016! The Inventor Of The Red Solo Cup Died

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We have lost many beloved stars this year: David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and more. However, this death may have a big impact on you as well. Robert Leo Hulseman, the inventor of the red Solo Cup has died at the age of 84.

His father started the Solo Cup Company in 1936. Robert began working in his father’s factory at the age of 18. He worked his way up in the company ladder and became CEO in 1980.

They started out making the triangle paper cups you might find near water coolers. Then, they added wax-lined cups to their product offering. The red Solo cup came out in the 1970s and quickly became popular. They are cheap, easily stacked, and they hide what you are actually drinking.

Country singer, Toby Keith, wrote a song about these infamous party favorites called “Red Solo Cup.” Here’s some of the lyrics:
“Red solo cup you’re more than just plastic / You’re more than amazing you’re more than fantastic / And believe me that I’m not the least bit sarcastic / When I look at you and say
Red solo cup, you’re not just a cup. (No, no, God no) / You’re my, you’re my friend. (Friend, friend, friend, life long) / Thank you for being my friend.”

Featured image by arvind grover via Flickr, available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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