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Here's How The Bottom Of A Stapler Is Really Meant To Be Used

Ah, the humble stapler. We've all had one since we were in school and had to staple our 5th grade Social Studies reports together (I rocked that report, Mr. Taylor, and we both know I deserved more than a B+). It's one of those things that's in just about every home, school, and office, and it's the kind of thing we all take for granted. After all, what could be simpler than operating a stapler? If you can raise your hand and whack it down on something, then you're already more than qualified for the job.

But, it turns out the humble stapler has been hiding some tricks from the majority of us. It appears there's actually more than one way to staple something. It's one of those simple, but lesser-known features that most people would never even think to explore, but it turns out that the little metal plate on the bottom of the stapler's got more to it than meets the eye.


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I can honestly say, it never occurred to me to try to move that little plate, or even to check if it was movable at all. YouTuber Sarah Barlow is clearly more inquisitive than I am because as she reveals in this clip, it can be rotated back and forth to create two different types of staples. Watch as she demonstrates in the video below.

The first configuration is what most of us are used to, with the staple points bending inwards and securely fastening the pages together. The second, lesser-known configuration allows for "pinning" documents together temporarily, bending the staple points outwards for a binding that can easily be removed without damaging the paper. How cool is that?


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H/T: Aunty Acid | Sarah Barlow

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