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Our Modern Gadgets Are My Childhood Fantasy Come to Life

Inspector Gadget and the Swiss Army knife paved the way for the iPhone

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When I was eight, I got a Swiss Army Knife for Christmas. At that age, this was the most exciting thing to ever happen to me. It had scissors, tweezers, a toothpick, a tin opener, a knife. Everything. The fact the scissors were essentially unusable, I…




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