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Binger pencil

In cultivation area Rheinhessen (Germany) common name for a corkscrew, The original name was created after an anecdote in 1752 in connection with a meeting of the City Council of Bingen, The meeting had to be canceled because the protocol-leading city scribe PF Weizel the goose quill broke off, no substitute was found and also none of the councilors had a pencil on hand to let the protocol signed by all. The session was then continued in the Ratskeller. But when the mayor, in vain, rummaged for a cork to open the first bottle of wine and looked round the table, all the councilors brought this device to light. The moral of the story: a Bingen citizen may not always have a writing instrument, but a corkscrew at hand.

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