Tagged With paperclips

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Today I found out that the paperclip was used as a symbol of resistance during World War II. In April of 1940, just a few months into World War II, Adolf Hitler knew that he needed a way to break past the Allied blockade of Germany if he had a hope of winning the war.

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Metro's "Dumb Ways To Die" safety video displayed, in fantastic fashion, how clever humour (and a catchy jingle) can help spread a message. While it might be obvious that a speeding train or tram can hurt — a lot — the Australian Red Cross is keen to get the word out about the evils of the common paperclip and how, through a series of innocent mishaps, this most banal of stationery could destroy Earth.

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If it's nearly impossible for you to tear yourself away from Facebook and deal with the real world, perhaps these amusing thumbs-up paperclips will help ease the transition away from your phone. They're even multi-purpose, letting you express your like or dislike for a given document by simply flipping it over.

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At first glance, a paperclip/USB flash drive hybrid seems like a good idea, right? You can hand someone a secured stack of documents that also includes a digital version of all the files. And a built-in one-inch ruler is bonus functionality.

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If you're still high from the thrill of bending out your own paperclip iPhone stand, now you can continue wasting your workplace's time and office supplies with a dock made from notebook clips. It'll only work with the default cable or accessories that use a similarly shaped plug, but the end result is a pretty slick little accessory — definitely better than the precarious original. The build process isn't difficult but does take a little while, but with stuff like this that's half the point.

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If $US100 is just too much for you to pay for a homemade iPhone stand, then this paperclip version might be a better option. And to anyone who has ever paid more than 50 cents to hold any pocket electronic, hopefully this fan-made pwnage will keep your money in your pocketbook/child savings accounts next time.

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When Apple reinvented the paperclip for the famous SIM-eject tool, it was at least a free gizmo, included in the package. USBFever clearly thought there was a gap in this market though, and have reinvented the reinvention. The new SIM-eject tool has a rubber-bung top that allows it to be stored in your iPhone 3G's headphone socket ready to be whipped out at a moment's notice when you need to change the SIM card. Probably only for really frequent SIM-swappers who don't use headphones, though, since it will cost you US$3.