When I was in high school I had that perfect pair of jeans. I vividly remember the day I got them -- at Maurice's Eastland Mall location in Evansville, Indiana while shopping with my mom. I wore them often until that dreaded day when the zipper broke. I also remember that day vividly. I was devastated.
When you think about it, isn't the zipper an incredibly clever invention? Just from a utilitarian perspective, the zipper is a very useful tool especially when you've been in the car several hours and have had too much diet coke. Then look at the zipper from an ascetics perspective, it certainly improved the look of pants. Let's face it, pants went through some pretty unflattering stages.
Where am I going with all of this? No where really other than to share some interesting information and a cute story.
Inventor -- Gideon Sundback from Sweden in 1913
Special Tip -- If you have a stuck zipper that is a little rough getting up or down, rub a bar of soap over the zipper. It will make it work easier.
Cute Joke -- My mother taught for 11 years at a day-care center. One winter afternoon she was trying to show a young boy how to zip up his coat. "The secret," Mom said, "is to get this piece of the zipper to fit in the other side before you try to zip it up." After struggling for several minutes, the boy sighed and said, "Why does it have to be a secret?"