Chances are there are lots of tiny metal teeth down there, interlocked tight, keeping your britches from hitting the floor. We’re talking about the humble zipper, the unsung modern marvel that dutifully eliminates the “possibility of unintentional and embarrassing disarray.” (If yours happens to be down, go ahead and take a second to zip it up. You’re welcome.)
Today, zippers are an afterthought. They’re on everything from purses to hoodies to backpacks, even on slick Nike sneakers specially built for individuals with disabilities. But, like all modern marvels, they weren’t always ubiquitous. It took some 80 years and some zippity-slick marketing for the mechanical wonder to finally break through to the mainstream.
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