Wednesday, April 10, 2013
You may have used a safety pin lately, perhaps to pin your jeans tighter or clip a baby's diaper. This is one great invention used by many people daily. It's not just for sewing or diapers.
According to what I've been reading, Walter Hunt was an inventor of many things. He created the safety pin, a simple object made of wire, that pins things without having the sharp point visible so you're less likely to hurt yourself.
It has been said that because he was in debt to a friend for $15, he figured he'd invent something new, so he took a sharpened piece of brass wire, coiled it in the middle and added a clasp at the end. He patented it on April 10, 1849, then sold it to W. R. Grace and Co. for $400, then paid off his friend the $15 he owed. The company that purchased it then made millions off the simple invention.
Link to story here: sciencelens.wordpress.co
Take part in the facebook event: [Hmm, link wasn't working, so just search international safety pin day if you're on facebook.] Today, celebrate the usefulness of this simple piece of wire by coming up with the most creative uses possible for it. Make some jewelry, adjust your outfit, or create a work of art.
You can be sharp and safe at the same time!