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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

An important invention


William Meadowbrook of Waterbury, Connecticut, patented the modern machine that makes the paperclip. Although the device has been altered again and again, he is credited with the "gem" clip that is ubiquitous in our lives. I find them holding my pants together, resting on my ear when I grade papers, and keeping my life, at times, organized. Since 1899, we have come to rely on the device and there is not an office on earth that doesn't benefit from the tool it provides.

Tax returns. Bills. Notes. Even snake chains linked together by bored employees benefit from Meadowbrook's invention.

From now on, when I use one I will say, like Pez dispensers, Connecticut. Yep, Connecticut.

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