This evening, my boss and I glanced into his office and saw a box labeled something like "new office kit." The contents were strewn across his desk, so we stopped to take a look. From memory, they were:
- Staple remover
- Tape dispenser
- Magnetic paperclip dispenser
- Letter opener
- Probably a couple of things I don't remember
Those seem so out of place to me on a modern desktop that the combination struck me as absurd. In the year that I've worked at this company, I don't think I've ever used a stapler, staple remover, or tape. I use about one paperclip a month, and I just grab it from the supply room. I do have scissors at my desk, but I grabbed them for some oddball project. When was the last time I used a letter opener? Who sends letters, anyway? I didn't see any white-out, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was there.
The whole thing struck me as quaint, and a little silly.