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Author Topic: Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House  (Read 3242 times)

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Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House
« on: April 18, 2006, 06:32:25 AM »
http://news.yahoo.co.../paper_clip_to_house

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Kyle MacDonald had a red paper clip and a dream: Could he use the community power of the Internet to barter that paper clip for something better, and trade that thing for something else — and so on and so on until he had a house?

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Funny idea, and quite astonishing what you can get for a paper clip! :)

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Re: Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2006, 07:01:33 AM »
Funny idea, and quite astonishing what you can get for a paper clip with random publicity.

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Re: Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2006, 08:31:47 PM »
<looks around> Anyone want to trade something for this broken rubber band?   :Thmbsup:


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Re: Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2006, 09:48:23 PM »
I have a silver paper clip . . . ;)

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Re: Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2006, 09:52:03 PM »
Is that a step up or down? I'm not sure. . .  :-\ :tellme: :huh:


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Re: Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2006, 05:17:51 AM »
A step up for you, it's still functional.  Well, it was.  Now, it's more or less an unstraight wire. Had something stuck in my teeth, and . . .

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Re: Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2006, 01:41:04 PM »
I can eject my CDs when they get stuck now. . .


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Re: Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2006, 12:14:27 PM »
Can you just imagine how well off the guy who invented the paper clip would be today?
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Re: Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2006, 01:54:47 PM »
History of the PaperClip:



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...Johan Vaaler, a Norwegian inventor with a degree in electronics, science and mathematics, invented the paperclip in 1899. He received a patent for his design from Germany in 1899, since Norway had no patent laws at that time. Johan Vaaler was an employee at a local invention office when he invented the paperclip. He received an American patent in 1901 -- patent abstract  "It consists of forming same of a spring material, such as a piece of wire, that is bent to a rectangular, triangular, or otherwise shaped hoop, the end parts of which wire piece form members or tongues lying side by side in contrary directions." Johan Vaaler was the first person to patent a paperclip design, although other unpatented designs might have existed first.

American inventor, Cornelius J. Brosnan filed for an American patent for a paperclip in 1900. He called his invention the "Konaclip".

But it was a company called the Gem Manufacturing Ltd. of England who first designed the double oval shaped standard looking paperclip. This familiar and famous paperclip, was and still is referred to as the "Gem" clip. William Middlebrook, of Waterbury, Connecticut, patented a machine for making paper clips of the Gem design in 1899. The Gem paperclip was never patented.

People have been re-inventing the paperclip over and over again. The designs that have been the most successful are the "Gem" with it's double oval shape, the "Non-Skid" which held in place well, the "Ideal" used for thick wads of paper, and the "Owl" the paperclip that did not get tangled up with other paperclips...
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