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Hole Punch History: Google Celebrates The 131st Anniversary Of The Hole Puncher

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Google's tribute to the hole puncher.                  Google

Google refers to hole punch as an "artifact of German engineering". Though the hole punch was invented a century ago, nothing much has changed in its outlook.

The hole puncher was created back in 1886 by Friedrich Soennecken, a German inventor who is also responsible for thinking up ring binder. The doodle, illustrated by Gerben Steenks, showed the Google logo made of colorful paper circles.

There are now dozens of iterations of the hole puncher, including the common two-hole punch, the drill punch and even industrial-sized punches for putting holes in sheets of metal.

In the US, the first patent for a hole puncher was given to Benjamin Smith from MA.

While Google has dedicated its doodle to the 131st Anniversary of the hole puncher in 2017, it has been hosting a competition for children in India to celebrate Children's Day over the past few years. The more drawn out the lever, the more sheets of paper can be punched through with the same negligible power. "The quiet anticipation and heady uncertainty as you ask yourself the ultimate question: can it cut through all this?"

Workplaces have evolved over the years to become more digital but the "hole puncher" - a simple device, which with one satisfying clunk helps turn a pile of disordered sheets into a neat stack ready for the binder - still remains an essential tool. And finally, the delightful surprise of the colourful confetti byproduct "an accidental collection of colourful, circular leftovers".

Google is paying homage to arguably the most important office tool ever created. You don't need a hole punch when all your figures and data can be comfortably viewed on a Chromebook's screen. "As modern workplaces trek further into the digital frontier, this centuries-old tool remains largely, wonderfully, the same", Google wrote of the office item after describing how it feels to use one including the hearing of the "satisfying, tiresome 'click!'"

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