- Im Pretty sure it has to do with nazis.
Answer by Tehtaza
Operation Paperclip (also Project Paperclip) was the code name for the O.S.S.U.S. Military rescue of scientists from Nazi Germany, during the terminus and aftermath of World War II. In 1945, the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency was established with direct responsibility for effecting Operation Paperclip.
Answer by Brad A
- Im referring to earring gauge, and a standard paperclip.
Answer by MeMeMe
Yes–a standard paperclip is slightly smaller than your average earring post (which is typically pierced at 18 gauge).
If youre planning on piercing your ear with a paperclip, you may want to reconsider. Paperclips are flimsy and have flat ends and wont go through the ear lobe easily. It will not only be painful, but also will probably result in a bad piercing that will either get infected, be crooked, or wont accomodate an earring.
Im not condoning this at all (I have to preface with that), but there are better ways to pierce your own ears. I did mine when I was 13, then added another hole at 14, then pierced my cartilage when I was 17 and all holes healed perfectly and have lasted all these years. If youre absolutely stuck on doing it yourself, feel free to send me an e-mail and I can at least give you some proper methods. Paper clips=HORRIBLE piercings.
- Staples or Paperclips? Which do you prefer?
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Answer by Funky Hunky Chunky Monkey
- …and staples, blu tack; all of those things that people dont really get credit for. Really, they impacted my life as much as cars and telephones do…
Answer by Bob
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 its 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.
note: During World War II, Norwegians were prohibited from wearing any buttons with the likeness or initials of their king on them. In protest they started wearing paperclips, because paperclips were a Norwegian invention whose original function was to bind together. This was a protest against the Nazi occupation and wearing a paperclip could have gotten you arrested.