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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    What office gadget, still being used, was patented over 150 years ago?

    No, not the paper clip, it's the stapler. Here's some background info via Wikipedia. The first known stapler was made in the 18th century in France for King Louis XV. Each staple was inscribed with the insignia of the royal court, as required.[4] The growing uses of paper in the 19th century created a demand for an efficient paper fastener.[5] In 1866, George McGill received a U.S. patent for a small, bendable brass paper fastener that was a precursor to the modern staple. In 1867, he received a U.S. patent for a press to insert the fastener into paper. On February 18, 1879, George McGill received a patent for the McGill Single-Stroke Staple Press, the first commercially successful stapler. This device weighed over two and a half pounds and loaded a single 1/2 inch wide wire staple, which it could drive through several sheets of paper. --- As you'll see in the video, I love staplers!


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    The only big design change I know of was the “power handle forward” stapler. It seems like a great idea because instead of pressing on the back of the staple gun, you're pressing down right over the spot the staple exits! It looks like it wasn't a big hit since I don't see it used much any more and it although it's still available, it doesn't have very good reviews it has on Amazon.



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    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:


    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.


    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll earn a tiny amount of fame (hopefully). And if you live in the US, you'll also get an autographed 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture and a MAD surprise (most likely the current issue of MAD.) But no matter where you live, I canemail an autographed to you Alfred E. Neuman photo if we show your video. Just print it out, frame it, or just hang it up and no one will know it's a copy. We've tested it out and fans say they look terrific!


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    Letter of the week:

    Our email from Bruce Hill refers to the Jan/Feb WTHII gadget which was a device clip onto a table or a chair outdoors to hold a drink. Bruce found one designed to hold a wine glass! Here's his email:


    I once received one of these as a free gift at a wine tasting.



    I own one of the clip-on cup holders you used as a what the heck is it, and did not recognize it from the angle you took the picture. Bruce Hall

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