Did you just roll your eyes at the idea of the bent little piece of metal known as the paper clip should have it’s own holiday? Have you ever worked in an office? If not, we can see how you might not get it—and that’s alright, we’re about to explain everything to you. But if you have, you know exactly where we’re coming from—and don’t worry, we have some interesting information for you, too. So let’s get on with Paper Clip Day, shall we?
The History of Paper Clip Day
The first patent for a bent wire paper clip was awarded in the Samuel B. Fay in 1867 in the United States. Originally, the paper clip was designed for attaching tickets to fabric, although the patent recognized that it could be used to attach papers together. However, that model of a paper clip did not resemble the one we know today all that much. The paper clip as we know it was most likely designed by Norwegian inventor Johan Vaaler.
Years later, during World War II, the paper clip was used as a symbol of the Norwegian resistance to Nazi German occupation. Meant to show solidarity with other Norwegians during those difficult times, paper clips were worn in coat lapels by many. The Nazis saw this show of solidarity as a threat, and they soon prohibited paper clips altogether, threatening people who dared wear them with severe punishment. In fact, an enormous paper clip over a meter wide and five meters tall was erected in Sandvika, Norway, to remind people about the role this tiny object played in the nation’s history.
You have to admit you never thought paper clips had such an interesting history, don’t you? Starting in 2015, Paper Clip Day is now celebrated every year on May 29th.
How to Celebrate Paper Clip Day
Everyone knows that paper clips can be used to hold papers together. But did you know how many other things can be done with them? This Paper Clip Day, maybe take a little time to find out just how many other things you can do wit them, and how many uses there are that you just never thought of. To name but a few examples, paper clips can be used:
•as emergency key chains (they’re really built almost the same as a normal key chain!)
• as emergency zipper tabs (few things are more irritating than being locked inside your jacket!)
• as DIY fish hooks (because we sometimes run out of authorized equipment, and the fish won’t care as long as there’s a worm!)
• as emergency hair barrettes (sometimes you just need to get that hair out of your face!)
• to hang ornaments whose little stringy thingies have torn (colored paper clips could actually add some color to the tree!)
• as lottery ticket scratchers (for those times when you just got your nails done and don’t want all that gray gunk under them!)
• to unclog narrow holes, like a spray can nozzles, salt and pepper shakers, glue bottle tips, etc.
We could go on, but you get the idea—and feel free to come up with some of your own, too! Paper clips are one of the most versatile little bits of metal ever made, so let’s get celebrating Paper Clip Day!