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Binger pencil

Common name for a corkscrew in the Rheinhessen (Germany) growing region. The original name originated from an anecdote in 1752 in connection with a meeting of the town council of Bingen. The meeting had to be broken off because the town clerk who kept the minutes, P. F. Weizel, lost his quill, no replacement could be found and none of the councillors had a pencil to have the minutes signed by everyone. The meeting was then continued in the Ratskeller. But when the mayor searched in vain for a cork screw to open the first bottle of wine and looked around searching, all the councillors brought this device to light. The moral of the story: a citizen of Bingen may not always have a writing utensil, but he does have a corkscrew at hand.

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