Today is National Drinking Straw Day! The patent for the drinking straw was granted on this day in 1888. I used to have one of those soda shop kind of dispensers on my kitchen counter full of plastic straws. The kids always love the bendy ones! But a couple of years ago I decided I should be a little more eco-friendly and bought a bunch of metal straws and a few silicone ones as well. I don't use them all the time, just sporadically. Most of the time I just drink straight from whatever cup/glass I'm using. I really dislike the metal ones in my thermal cups (like Yeti) because the metal on metal sound drives me nuts. I've looked at the silicone pieces that you can get to put on them, but haven't tried it yet. I guess I just don't use them enough to bother. I'm also considering getting some glass ones to try. Do you use straws regularly? Do you have a favorite kind?