Google honours the humble hole puncher with a doodle

James Marshall
November 14, 2017

Internationally, the day is celebrated as World Diabetes Day. But Google seems to have credited Soennecken with the invention.

The doodle celebrates German engineering and ingenuity, as the basic design for the hole puncher has remained constant for 129 years. Soennecken's other innovations such as the calligraphy pen nib, ring binder, and round writing style were all linked to publishing.

German scientist Friedrich Soennecken filed a patent for the punching machine on November 14, 1886.

The doodle appears on the search engine's homepage and shows the Google logo made out of small colourful circles, which Google describes as the "colorful confetti byproduct" on its website. Google had been holding the Google 4 Doodle competition every year since 2010, till the hole punch doodle this year.

It's not only helped corral dangerously thick reams of papers for easier organization, the hole puncher has also provided many a test of physical strength.

From being a stress relief tool to acting as a paperweight, the hole puncher remains a part of the work place even as offices are moving towards a paperless workplace.

Google on Tuesday marked the 131st anniversary of the invention of the hole puncher with a doodle.

The reach of the doodle is across Europe, North America, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and India. The doodle has been created by Gerben Steenks.

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