In recent years, public perception of the drinking straw has morphed from a seemingly innocuous plastic tube, into a poison-tipped, political arrow. While it is refreshing to see that such a simple physical object can still stir up some social discord in this digital age, it is also humbling to realize that even as we've created space shuttles, smart-phones, and artificial hearts, we've yet to even master this simple little device. Since the winds of culture and politics have determined that...

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