I went to Camden yesterday. While I was there, I popped into Central Stationers (163-165 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JY). Nothing could have prepared me for the shocking discovery I would make:

The problem is far, far worse than I could ever have imagined. Are Bostik and UHU in cahoots? Has this matter been discussed at some pan-industry trade conference? A gentleman’s agreement made over some late night drinks in a hotel bar? Maybe the reason is less sinister. Maybe UHU’s move into the market forced a kind of Cold War escalation of claims. Neither party wanting to be left behind. Or maybe one company arbitrarily picked a number and the other just copied it, figuring both adhesive tacks probably have roughly the same number of uses.

It is of course possible that adhesive tack really does have thousands of uses. I’m not claiming it doesn’t have thousands of uses. I just want to see some evidence to back up that claim. The burden of proof is on them, not me. They’re the ones making the claim, I want them to show me that claim is true.

I will, of course, be emailing UHU to hear their side of the story.

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