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Google honors the father of the zipper


April celebrates the 132nd birthday of Gideon Sundback on its home page. And who's Sundback? The Swedish-born inventor owns Patent No. 1,219,881, the separable faster -- more commonly known as the Zipper. Without him, the clothing industry would be much different today.

Click on the virtual zipper at the center of the page, and the fly opens up to show a search result with information about the inventor and his work. Nifty.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:22am]


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