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Google punches up doodle tribute to the office hole puncher

Google punches up doodle tribute to the office hole puncher

Google’s tribute to the hole puncher.


While not quite as indispensable as the stapler, the hole puncher has been a staple of business offices for more than a century. It’s not only helped corral dangerously thick reams of papers for easier organization, the hole puncher has also provided many a test of physical strength. It challenges whether our grip or downward force is strong enough to puncture the stack, pushing out a neat cylinder of future confetti – or whether we had to reduce the load, like a dejected weightlifter.

History tells us we have Friedrich Soennecken, a German entrepreneur and inventor, to thank for this officious yet sometimes physically demanding office tool. Soennecken, who fittingly also introduced the ring binder, filed a patent for the hole puncher on Nov.

14, 1886. To celebrate the 131st anniversary of that filing, Google launched an animated doodle Tuesday that demonstrates the joy often associated with a successful punch.

The fruits of that labor make up most of the doodle, providing a happier use to the unwieldy mess usually left over from the task. As we move toward a digital existence increasingly devoid of paper, take a moment to appreciate that feeling of achievement that can still be gained from a 19th century relic. iHate[1]: CNET looks at how intolerance is taking over the internet.

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