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Old School

Posted on 2009.05.22 at 14:08

I was just thinking about the year at school when they replaced our mini milk cartons with plastic milk pouches.  It happened somewhere between 3rd and 5th grade.  Two students came around a week or two before they made the switch, and demonstrated in the middle of math class on a pouch of water the proper way to stab it with the straw.  I remember wondering how they picked which kids got to skip class and give the demonstrations, because I was a little jealous.  If you didn't put your thumb over the end of the straw, milk would squirt everywhere.  The pouches looked like the one in the picture, except there were no pretty images printed on them.  There may have been some generic black print indicating the skim and 2% milk, but the chocolate you just figured was chocolate because it was brown.  I remember people drinking all their milk and then blowing the bags up like pinwheels, and spinning them on them with the straw poked all the way through.



timidlight at 2009-05-22 18:43 (UTC) (Link)
My school had these too! I never got one because I was lactose intolerant when I was little, but I remember everything else that you said about them. Thank you for the picture; people at Moravian totally thought I was making the whole thing up!
vanessaewing at 2009-05-25 02:38 (UTC) (Link)
in Indonesia that is how they sell milk.. in pouches.

not sure but they probably sell other beverages that way, too.

I always felt like my milk tasted a little plastic.
Have you ever smelled the inside of a plastic bag? It is not scentless, nor is it tasteless. ew.
jack_mirth at 2009-05-28 05:38 (UTC) (Link)
well that just goes to show you how freaking old i am...i didn't even know such things had happened.

although i have seen milk sold in odd containers. in canada it's sold in plastic bags:


amyneff at 2009-05-28 18:57 (UTC) (Link)
That looks like a disaster waiting to happen.
(Anonymous) at 2010-09-16 14:02 (UTC) (Link)
yay! not too many people remember these. i'm thinking lots of schools never had them. they disappeared from us after only a short while. i remember poking the straw all the way through and having no choice but to drink the milk in one fell swoop after pulling the straw out of one end. thanks for the memories " )
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