A Little-known Fact about
During the five year long Nazi occupation of Norway, in World War
II, the paperclip became a symbol of national unity. It was worn
with pride even though these simple show of loyalty risked wearers
being arrested, deported, or even executed.
During World War II, Norwegians were prohibited from
wearing any buttons with the likeness or initials of their king on
them. In protest they started wearing paperclips, because paperclips
were a Norwegian invention whose original function was to bind
together. This was a protest against the Nazi occupation and wearing
a paperclip could sometimes have gotten you arrested.