Mike Webb (nightvzn) wrote,
Mike Webb

Plumbing the depths of the unknown

I have spent some 15 years pondering one of life's enduring mysteries, but for so long, I have kept quiet. Well, quiet I shall remain no longer. It's time for the rhetorical "why?"

Compact disc "jewel cases": A lovely storage medium. Jewel case packaging: not so lovely. First, you have to remove the outer plastic wrap, which isn't too big of a deal, but can be a pain if you don't have nails of any substantial length. But what truly vexes me is the sticker that holds the top of the case closed. You know what I mean -- it's that long piece of plastic with adhesives along its longitudinal perimeters that also serves the dual purposes of displaying the artist/album name, and being a royal pain in the rear to remove.

Sometimes you'll see a little leading/trailing tab with "pull here" written on it. Ostensibly this is supposed to aid in removal. Practically speaking, I think it just teases and rubs salt in the wounds.

  1. Material Science has endowed us with a wide variety of adhesive types suitable for many different applications. Why do CD cases have to come with a type that shreds and splits into numerous pieces when one attempts to remove it, all while leaving a trail of obstinate residue that often lingers many years after a CD's purchase?

  2. More importantly, why do we even need that sticker at all? How is the outer plastic wrap insufficient?

Hey, just doing my part the ask the obvious questions. Especially those which never seem to get asked for some reason.

Now back to my adhesive residue removal.
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