10 everyday things invented in Germany
The hole punch
Once the king of the office, digital storage has somewhat dampened its reign. Still, the canny hole punch was destined for greatness from the moment Matthias Theel dreamed it up and Friedrich Soennecken filed his patent on November 14, 1886. Alongside his other crowing invention, the ring binder, Soennecken's two hole punch brought some percussive oomph to the otherwise sterile office environs.