The history of the paperclip is somewhat of a mystery. The machine above seems to be making a Gem type paperclip, which is the most common and was never patented.
This is taken from an 1899 patent for a paperclip machine (not the paperclip itself).
In the early 1990s Chinese factories were producing so many paperclips that the US introduced anti-dumping tariffs against imports from China.
Paperclips became a symbol of resistance, mainly in Norway, and were worn on clothes in protest at the occupation and at Nazi-ism in general. The reason for this was the mistaken belief that the paperclip was created by a german-Jewish inventor, Johan Vaaler. He did invent a new version of the paperclip, but not the original.
The paperclip is also now the universal symbol for an attachment, beating out its rivals the paper fastener, staple and bulldog clip.
I've had quite a few questions from people about why I chose to use an MX5 Miata for the video series. Was it sponsored? Am I an expert with them? Because I love them? The answer is... it just seemed the best choice at the time. Now, with hindsight, I realise it was the best possible choice in the world. Here's the story...
We've been filming and releasing videos every week since getting into the new studio. The course now has 9.5 hours of pro-quality video, fully subtitled and I'm really proud of what we're producing! We're using CGI anywhere it helps understanding, and the general quality and feel of the videos is at an all-time high.
We finished the first episode in the new studio and to celebrate I've put it up on YouTube so you can (hopefully) learn something new and also see the massive improvement in quality that we've made. Also.... shiny new CGI is working!