When was the paperclip invented? What kind of world record is connected to such a tiny office equipment? Why anybody sold a paperclip for 185 USD?
The first paperclip, as we know it, was probably sold on the market in 1892. It was made by The British Gem Manufacturing Company. A Norwegian, Johan Vaaler, is sometimes erroneously considered the inventor of the paperclip, but he was too late and did not patent his invention until 1899.
Current paperclips are usually made of a cooper or steel wire that is sometimes galvanized. You can buy a pack of 100 paperclips for as little as 10 CZK.
Paperclip was a codename of the operation during which Americans recruited more than 100 scientists from Nazi Germany at the end of WW II. Some of them worked e.g. for NASA programs.
If you are bored, you can make a paperclip chain or a 2.28 m high sculpture just like Italian artist Pietro D‘Angelo, who was included in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 (picture below).
This summer, the Prada fashion store made a splash with its not even 7-cm-long silver paperclip priced at 185 USD, which is approximately 4 000 CZK. It was supposed to be an aesthetical money clip, probably to hold the banknotes of wealthy people.