Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Subtle Cultural Differences...

In my near forty years I have only seen paper clips in one shape. I know, I know. I should get out more. When this triangular fellow came in a box of imported parts, I just sat trying to figure out which was the better design.

The verdict? I should have spent the few minutes doing something more productive.



  1. Hello Jeffrey,

    My friends think outside the box, and you are no exception. That said, look at the imported clip again.

    It is flat on top, so that means it will not damage the edge of the paper. That's worth something, right? ;)


  2. Not only that, the ends of the clip end toward the top of the sheet, not a half inch down where they might potentially damage the written area of the page. Check out 'The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are' by Henry Petroski. It's a good read.


  3. I have to say, everything I ever read by Petroski was WAY boring. He tells you one interesting thing about seven different ways until it's no longer interesting. I tried "The Book On The Bookshelf," and his pencil book. I'd be happy to be proven wrong but I have my doubts . . . .

  4. I read the pencil book too and thought it was kind of dull, but I liked the aforementioned title which was the first Petroski I read. You hope the author can duplicate the things that entranced you initially: your odds are 50/50.



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