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The Story Behind tells the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Everyday objects are more closely examined, from their ancient beginnings through the present—all within 5-10 minutes.

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Apr 19, 2018

This episode is actually one of the first topics I ever thought to talk about when I created the show. And I weirdly kept putting it off.

Whenever I tell someone what my podcast is about, I say something along the lines of it being a short history podcast about everyday things. And this particular topic has been the first thing that has popped into their minds as something I would do an episode on.

Well, after more than 100 episodes, I’m finally doing it.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Paperclip.

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Sources:

The Perfection of the Paper Clip - Slate

History of the Paper Clip - Early Office Museum

TEN FACTS ABOUT THE PAPERCLIP - TenFactsAbout.co.uk

Clippy - Know Your Meme

The History of the Paperclip - Thoughtco.com

The Secret Histories of Clippy, Comic Sans, and Other Legends of Early UI - Gizmodo

Clippy and the History of the Future of Educational Chatbots - HackEducation

Even Early Focus Groups Hated Clippy - The Atlantic

Man Trades Up From Paper Clip to House - AbcNews.com