Sunday staplin’

Some bad things have happened on Sept. 30—the Elaine race riot, two more Jack the Ripper murders (Liz Stride and Kate Eddowes), among other things—but today I’ll focus on one particular event in 1841 that should make office workers happy.

On this day, inventor Samuel Slocum of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (not the one in Arkansas … imagine that!), patented what is believed to be the first stapler. And thus Milton had something to obsess about.

Don’t mess with Milton’s stapler!
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Presenting … the Museum of Staplers (not sponsored by Swingline). Yes, we get a little weird at work sometimes.

Milton and my buddy Nikki aren’t the only ones who get a little obsessive about their staplers. When you find a good one, you’ll do anything to keep it. Or you can scare your co-workers just for the hell of it.
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Very true. And where the hell is my staple gun? I need to do some ka-chunking.
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… and a hairball. Ya might wanna step back.
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I’ll never get it back now …
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The cat agrees. Kiss that Swingline goodbye.
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