29 May, 2009

Paper Clip Day

Did you know that today is Paper Clip day? I bet you didn't!

Fastening papers together started in the 13th century when a short length of ribbon was placed through parallel cuts in the upper left hand corner of pages. It was almost 600 years later before anybody improved on this ribbon fastener. In 1899, Johan Vaaler, an inventor in Norway, patented the paper clip - and it's been used in more ways than you think. During the five-year Nazi occupation of World War II, Norwegians weren't allowed to wear buttons imprinted with the king's initials. Loyal Norwegians wore paper clips to symbolized solidarity and oppose the occupation.

So there you go. You learn something new everyday.

There isn't much else to tell you today as we are all home sick & eating more chicken soup. I think I'm getting better as is Brandon, slowly. He has been quite unwell, poor thing. Stuart at least has the weekend now to get better as well. Nothing like some family time together!


(Can you believe there are no songs about paper clips!)

Baby mine, don't you cry,

Baby mine, Dry your eyes

Rest your head close to my heart,

Never to part, baby of mine

Little one, when you play

Don't you mind what they say

Let those eyes sparkle and shine

Never a tear, baby of mine

If they knew sweet little you,

They'd end up loving you too

All those same people who scold you

What they'd give just for the right to hold you

From your head down to your toes

You're not much, goodness knows

But you're so precious to me

Sweet as can be, baby of mine

Baby Mine - Alison Krauss

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