Get ready to party big time because May 29 is National Paperclip day. Yes, that’s a thing, and it matters because we must learn to appreciate the smallest things in life. Right? Learn more about it here!

National Paperclip Day

The paperclip is quite a unique invention. It was only possible thanks to industrialization and modern knowledge of metal alloys and mass production techniques.

Having said that, a paperclip is just an office supply, is it? May 29 is National Paperclip Day, and you’ll soon discover the bent wire is more significant than you thought.

The paperclip we know and love is called the Gem clip, and its origins are hard to identify. There are at least 50 patents filed for gadgets that bind pieces of paper together. The modern paper clip, the one we all know, was never patented but popularized by the Gem Manufacturing Company in Britain in the early 1870s. They sold a box for 25 cents.

Despite the immense number of patents related to similar artifacts, the most notorious is the one made by Norwegian inventor Johan Valeer, who tried to patent the clip in Germany in the late 1800s. Mr. Valeer is erroneously credited in some sources as the inventor of the paper clip. Still, his role in Norwegian history is significant and might have led to the creation of National Paperclip Day.

The other big story about paperclips is the famous One Red Paperclip. Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald traded his way up, starting with a red paperclip to end with a two-story house one year later.

This is amongst the most inspiring and fun stories about paperclips and resourcefulness ever, and we can all learn something from it. From a paperclip to a house in thirteen steps. That’s cool, isn’t it?

History of National Paperclip Day

We can trace Paperclip day to 2005, but the celebration of the apparently simple invention goes way back in time to the German occupation of Normandy during World War II.

A patent office controversy between a German and a Norwegian inventor during the 1920s made of the paperclip a symbol of hostility between the countries, particularly years later during the Nazi occupation of the northern country.

People wore paperclips on their lapels as a sign of resistance, which eventually fueled the retreat of the invading army and its ultimate defeat on May 7, 1945.

Decades later, in 1999, the Norwegian government released an official postal stamp featuring a paperclip as a national symbol. Since then, the paperclip is more than an office supply but a reminder that “we are bound together.”

The fate of humanity depends on all of us working together as if bonded by a paperclip.

How to Celebrate National Paperclip Day

Why not follow the footsteps of the red paper clip man and trade a shiny paper clip for something nicer? You might end up with a house!

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