Social Musings 101: Johan Vaaler

Today we discuss none other than Johan Vaaler. Mr. Vaaler came up with the idea for the paperclip. Well, (according to Wikipedia) another form of paperclip existed before his paperclip did but he  didn’t know it at the time and patented his paper clip idea. Either way at the time of occupation by Germany the Norweigan people wore paperclips in solidarity. So maybe he created the paperclip so that unknowningly the people of Norway could have a symbol of unity. Maybe this was the real reason for the invention instead of just the paperclip. I guess one will never know because we can’t ask the inventor. But next time you have that bundle of papers crammed together give a quick thanks to Mr. Vaaler and other who kept playing around with small shiny thin pieces of metal until they turned into usable paper storage clips. Until next time folks have a wonderful day, night, or evening as you read this. JJ.

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