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When artist Georges-Pierre Seurat painted his famous A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, he painstakingly added every dot of paint, one by one, until his masterpiece was complete. It was a technique that's come to be known as pointillism, and thanks to this vibrating electronic pen, the process is now far less excruciating.

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Doctors have this nasty habit of asking a lot of questions, many of which make us uncomfortable or self-conscious. So we bluff. A lot. Here are 10 typical lies we tell our doctors, and why these seemingly innocuous fibs are hazardous to our health.

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The sword is mighty, but they say the pen is even mightier. So by our calculations, whoever wields these adorable PenSwords will be utterly invincible, right? At least no mistake will ever stand in their way.

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When you think of paper clips, you immediately think of a specific form — the familiar round-ended, double-loop design. The wire trombone shape. But that's only one variety of clip; the "Gem," which gets its name from a British company called Gem Manufacturing Limited, which, even if it wasn't directly involved with the development of the clip, was clearly able to market it well enough that the name stuck. There are many different (and some might say better) types of paper clip.

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If you stop and think about it, it's almost impossible to use an entire pencil, because, after repeated sharpening, you eventually end up with a tiny unusable stub. What a ripoff. There's a solution to that problem though: a clever new sharpener with multiple blades that lets you stack a stub onto a brand new pencil and keep using it until it's completely gone.

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If you've ever tried to create a set of holes through more than two pieces of paper using a hole punch, you realise how terribly designed those contraptions really are. But instead of re-engineering one from the ground up to work better, the folks at Toysmith found another way to make a hole punch more user-friendly with the addition of a padded punching bag on top.

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At some point in a child's life they eventually make the connection that a long plastic ruler is not unlike the barrel of a gun, and suddenly maths homework gets a lot more enjoyable as they blast away at imaginary aliens between problems. The folks at Atypyk have taken that idea one step further with a pair of plastic toy ray guns that double as rulers and protractors.