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(Slate)   The paperclip was invented in 1899 and has never been improved upon since. It is, quite possibly, the perfect invention   (slate.com) divider line 104
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2012-05-27 10:22:59 AM
Then why is the phrase "build a better mousetrap", and not "build a better paper clip", huh?
Huh?
TELL ME!
 
2012-05-27 10:25:20 AM

SilentStrider: Then why is the phrase "build a better mousetrap", and not "build a better paper clip", huh?
Huh?
TELL ME!


Paperclips don't crap in your coffee cup
 
2012-05-27 10:35:10 AM
My favorite piece of paperclip trivia is about Elis F. Stenman who design a machine to make them and then built a house made out of newspapers in Rockport, MA. It is a trippy trippy place.

www.paperhouserockport.com

Most of it is made from black and white pages but the curtains were made from the Sunday funnies, which were in color.
 
2012-05-27 10:53:43 AM
Well this is the Fark.com website so you might find that many of the people who do the posting here will state that the paperclip does not have the inventive power as does the jar of vaseline or the Real Doll. But as someone who uses the paperclip many times during the day including to break into the lock of the filing cabinet I would say that yes this is the wonderful invention and would like to deliver the following Haiku for the creator of this invention:

A nice paperclip
Helpful with stacks of paper
Not helpful with sex.

I also give the Haku to the inventor:

images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-05-27 11:07:41 AM
blog.tmcnet.com
"Hey guys! This has nothing to do with me does it?"
 
2012-05-27 11:27:57 AM

SilentStrider: Then why is the phrase "build a better mousetrap", and not "build a better paper clip", huh?
Huh?
TELL ME!


Because you can always build a better mousetrap but it's impossible to build a better paper clip.
 
2012-05-27 11:41:29 AM

meow said the dog: Well this is the Fark.com website so you might find that many of the people who do the posting here will state that the paperclip does not have the inventive power as does the jar of vaseline or the Real Doll. But as someone who uses the paperclip many times during the day including to break into the lock of the filing cabinet I would say that yes this is the wonderful invention


LOL as always, MSTD, and welcome back.

Even McGuiver would've been at a loss without the paperclip.
 
2012-05-27 11:41:33 AM
What do you mean, never improved upon?

Paper clips come in plastic now. They come in colors. They come in shapes. You can get them with rulers on them, or with your company logo.

This
www.pachd.com
May not have changed since 1899, but it doesn't mean that this,
images.discountofficeitems.com
Or this
www.clippa.co.uk
isn't an improvement on it.
 
2012-05-27 11:43:42 AM

fluffy2097: What do you mean, never improved upon?

Paper clips come in plastic now. They come in colors. They come in shapes. You can get them with rulers on them, or with your company logo.

This
[www.pachd.com image 640x480]
May not have changed since 1899, but it doesn't mean that this,
[images.discountofficeitems.com image 400x400]
Or this
[www.clippa.co.uk image 640x480]
isn't an improvement on it.


Sure, but that's just like slicing bread and calling it improved!
 
2012-05-27 11:43:47 AM
BOOM
images.amazon.com
 
2012-05-27 11:46:45 AM

fluffy2097: isn't an improvement on it.


The article discusses other clip styles and types, but points out that the original clip is still the best selling clip out there... While I personally prefer the second one you included, it should be noted that it's heavier, requires more material and is therefore more expensive, and is larger, requiring a larger box for storage.
They're improvements with tradeoffs.

... but then, so is almost every improvement.
 
2012-05-27 11:48:18 AM
roflrazzi.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-05-27 11:49:35 AM
Invented in 1891 and never improved upon, I give you the tire valve stem
www.oursbiz.com
 
2012-05-27 11:51:06 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com

/hotter than a bowl of oatmeal
 
2012-05-27 11:51:41 AM
Binder clips aren't an improvement?
 
2012-05-27 11:51:44 AM

jaylectricity: SilentStrider: Then why is the phrase "build a better mousetrap", and not "build a better paper clip", huh?
Huh?
TELL ME!

Because you can always build a better mousetrap but it's impossible to build a better paper clip.


Ha! In the future, paperclips will make bacon!
/ The Mayans predicted it would signal the end times. The end of delicious, crispy bacon that is!
 
2012-05-27 11:52:08 AM

walkerhound: LOL as always, MSTD, and welcome back.


There are some who believe I am the prodigal daughter but this is because I mostly am on the TotalFark.com discussion forums to hear about the first-world problems that are suffered by these individuals.

Theaetetus: The article discusses other clip styles and types, but points out that the original clip is still the best selling clip out there...


The original is almost always purchased more than is the sequel but if you have viewed the Karate Kid III you will note it is the better film than Karate Kid II but I am thinking the second has received more of the purchases on the VHS cassette taping.
 
2012-05-27 11:52:44 AM

Alleyoop: [roflrazzi.files.wordpress.com image 450x536]


img520.imageshack.us
 
2012-05-27 11:52:46 AM

meow said the dog: A nice paperclip
Helpful with stacks of paper
Not helpful with sex.


You're doing it wrong.
 
2012-05-27 11:52:53 AM
Don't forget binder clips.
 
2012-05-27 11:53:24 AM
THIS
farm2.static.flickr.com
The world's largest paper clip, in Kipling, Canada. +1 for the Canada tag!
 
2012-05-27 11:53:28 AM

Molavian: Binder clips aren't an improvement?


Dammit, beat me by that much.
 
2012-05-27 11:55:26 AM
www.slate.com

Never been improved upon? Why all the different styles?

prayer is the only invention I can think of that is just as useful today, as it was by the first man who put his hands together and speak to god.
 
2012-05-27 11:57:48 AM
Should be mandatory viewing in schools:
Paper Clips
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380615/

One of the most moving films I have ever seen.



/Arabic descendant
//We don't all hate Jews
 
2012-05-27 11:58:03 AM
Headline implies that the paperclip was invented ex nihilo, when it did, in fact, evolve to the current one we see today. For reference:

The Evolution of Useful Things
 
2012-05-27 11:58:27 AM
Never improved upon?

img836.imageshack.us

The hell you say
 
2012-05-27 12:01:19 PM
If paper clips are such great devices, why do they so often fail to do the job?
 
2012-05-27 12:02:17 PM

cig-mkr: Invented in 1891 and never improved upon, I give you the tire valve stem
[www.oursbiz.com image 450x302]


Hmm, but how is the tire valve stem going to hold my papers together.
 
2012-05-27 12:04:31 PM

Roook: [blog.tmcnet.com image 134x104]
"Hey guys! This has nothing to do with me does it?"


As tech support, who has to log on to other people's PCs. You have no idea how many times I've asked if I could shoot the puppy and been told yes, please.
 
2012-05-27 12:04:55 PM
***heavy breathing***
"Aw, nothing to kill her with..."
***heavy breathing***
(Opens drawer full of various deadly items)
"Aha! PAPERCLIPS!!!!!"

/Jodi Foster doesn't wear galoshes...
 
2012-05-27 12:05:04 PM
The best are these:
www.kikkerland.com
Because they do this:
cdn.themetapicture.com
 
2012-05-27 12:05:48 PM

SilentStrider: Then why is the phrase "build a better mousetrap", and not "build a better paper clip", huh?
Huh?
TELL ME!


Because the mousetrap was built first, ding-a-ling.
 
2012-05-27 12:09:19 PM

casual disregard: cig-mkr: Invented in 1891 and never improved upon, I give you the tire valve stem
[www.oursbiz.com image 450x302]

Hmm, but how is the tire valve stem going to hold my papers together.


Why you just smash the stem through the papers, not as effective as a paperclip though.
 
2012-05-27 12:10:35 PM

SilentStrider: Then why is the phrase "build a better mousetrap", and not "build a better paper clip", huh?
Huh?
TELL ME!


I never did understand the expression, not thoroughly, until I had to set some mousetraps recently. I'd never actually come in contact with one before. Ever set one? It's tricky as hell, and the first few times you do it you're pretty likely to get your fingers pinched.

I now understand the phrase "build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door" reflects people's frustrations with this invention which is ubiquitous (or at least was at the time) but difficult to use. It's been extrapolated to apply to all inventions, but I think its real wisdom is in saying "if you can fix this stupid problem, you'll be set for life." That's what the best inventions do.
 
2012-05-27 12:12:44 PM
Wrong subby! Everyone knows the answer is toilet paper...
Link
 
2012-05-27 12:13:20 PM

Molavian: Binder clips aren't an improvement?


Those are only used by Communists like the so-called "President".
 
2012-05-27 12:15:22 PM

meow said the dog: Well this is the Fark.com website so you might find that many of the people who do the posting here will state that the paperclip does not have the inventive power as does the jar of vaseline or the Real Doll. But as someone who uses the paperclip many times during the day including to break into the lock of the filing cabinet I would say that yes this is the wonderful invention and would like to deliver the following Haiku for the creator of this invention:

A nice paperclip
Helpful with stacks of paper
Not helpful with sex.

I also give the Haku to the inventor:

[images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 127x160]


You are a poet, too! Always a pleasure to see you here, Meow.
 
2012-05-27 12:18:07 PM
staplermofo disdains this thread.
 
2012-05-27 12:19:21 PM
It took Microsoft to make it evil:

img.timeinc.net
 
2012-05-27 12:22:39 PM
The button was a pretty good invention around the 13th century. Arguably better than the zipper or velcro.
 
2012-05-27 12:27:42 PM

Sass-O-Rev: You are a poet, too! Always a pleasure to see you here, Meow.


Thank you for this very much.

I own the book clip because I did not find that the paperclip was the adequate for the size upon which I needed.
 
2012-05-27 12:30:19 PM
So what did they use before 1899 to open a jammed optical drive?
 
2012-05-27 12:32:02 PM

The water was cold:
Paper Clips
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380615/

One of the most moving films I have ever seen.



Holy Fark, Tom Bosley was Jewish!?!
 
2012-05-27 12:34:07 PM
bwilson27: BOOM
[images.amazon.com image 250x183]


Excuse me I believe you have my stapler
 
2012-05-27 12:35:05 PM

Dr.Fey: The best are these:
[www.kikkerland.com image 520x337]
Because they do this:
[cdn.themetapicture.com image 540x797]


*1 would larf again
 
2012-05-27 12:35:56 PM
What the perfect invention may look like

img.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-27 12:38:42 PM

macadamnut: The water was cold:
Paper Clips
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380615/

One of the most moving films I have ever seen.



Holy Fark, Tom Bosley was Jewish!?!


as is Henry Winkler

/aaaaayyyyyy!
 
2012-05-27 12:39:07 PM
Unsolicited Clippy In Article
 
2012-05-27 12:42:27 PM

fluffy2097: What do you mean, never improved upon?

Paper clips come in plastic now. They come in colors. They come in shapes. You can get them with rulers on them, or with your company logo.


They even come with textured surfaces to prevent slippage.
 
2012-05-27 12:43:00 PM

St_Francis_P: It took Microsoft to make it evil:

[img.timeinc.net image 307x409]


clippy is that u??
cdn.head-fi.org
 
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