On this day in 1849, the safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt. If Walter could have seen into the future, he would not have sold his invention for a mere $100, although he might have thought that was big bucks in 1849.
How many times has one safety pin saved us from complete disaster? For example...
popping a button on your skirt or pants while you were at school;
temporarily fixing a raveled hem until you could get home;
closing drapes together at hotels;
closing pillow cases;
using a safety pin as a hook to hang something with;
saving the day when a bra strap pops at the most inconvenient time.
These are just a few things that I have used them for. Of course, we can't forget the diaper pins (blue or pink heads) that we used back in the day when our babies wore cloth diapers.
I always carry at least one in my purse. People often come to me in emergencies because that fact is well-known. It is a small thing, but think of the difference old Walter made.
What is the weirdest way you have ever used a safety pin?