look like, I am not exactly certain; but taken as a whole they give you a rough idea of some of the things that can be done with the world's oversupply of paper clips once a "student" or business man starts to toy with them. Figure II, for example, might be used as a design for a new-style tennis racquet. I call it the Tennis-Racquet-withExtension-Handle Design. At least I call it that for the present; It may suggest something else to rne by this time tomorrow. Another of my favorites is an abstraction (called abstraction for lack of a better word) which I have temporarily named the Good All-Around Thing. I prefer it to most of the other Things which usually fall into this classification. But to me the most intriguing idea yet to come out of a paper clip twister, is the one which I have marked Figure IV. I happen to know the student who created it. He is a great pretzel lover, and this weakness of his for pretzels has influenced his paper clip twisting without his full realization of it. So, in a spirit of cooperation, and without FIGURE III any intent to hurt the fe elings of the student who worked out Figure IV, I have decided to call it simply "Pretzel At Rest" and let it go at that. To attempt to understand its true meaning would, I am sure, be fatal. There are numerous other designs in my collection which also defy complete comprehension. But you can't hope to understand everything in a world such as ours ; and I feel that I have cited enough cases to give you a fair picture of just where paper clip experimentation stands today and v.,rhere it is leading us. Furthermor e, I have given you a few working designs with which to start your own FIGURE IV experiments. For I know that sooner or later you, too, will come to that day when you must decide for yourself what to do with your paper clip accumulation. Having been informed that some Freshmen can never find a sample of that too-numerous ar- : : •••n=~·] ticle, the paper clip, when they hand in their never-late ( ?) themes, may I suggest that they take a peek at Figure · -~ V? As a desperate measure the safety- ·~~ pin has had its day in holding those themes in an unembarrassing embrace. FIGURE V. Does it give you any ideas? But, if I were you, I'd try to forget that the subject ever came up.
A college boy is a young Don Quixote hunting windmills. 20
Literary journal of works by students of Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College.