Even more marvelous than the origins of this ubiquitous device is the story of Kyle MacDonald and his one red paperclip. In less than one year, MacDonald traded his red paperclip for a variety of random things until he ended up with a house! Included in his swaps were a pen, a hand-sculpted doorknob, a snowmobile, a van, an afternoon with rock and roll singer Alice Cooper and a roll in a movie. This all started in 2005. At last he ended up with a small house on Main Street in Kipling, Saskatchewan in Canada in 2006. Imagine what he could have ended up with if he had started with a stapler.