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Many of you will be familiar with what widgets are and how useful they can be both in the home and at work. But not many of you will be aware of the amazing history of widgets or of the diverse range of uses they are put to in other cultures

For a long time widgets have been considered the playthings of only the truly wealthy. Modern technology however has finally made this vital item accessible to all. Here at Widgets-R-Us we guarantee you'll find the widget you want at a price you can afford. But not just that. You'll also find loads of helpful information about every type of widget you've ever wanted to own. As well, we provide 24 - 7 support and order tracking in a twinkle. Choose to buy your widgets at Widgets-R-Us: you can't afford not to!

Read on though to find out more about widgets in history, and some of the incredible uses that are made of them in modern times...

A Brief History

The the most ancient widget to be discovered so far is over 250 000 years old. This primitive widget, found in a cave in the south of France was fashioned from a woolly mammoth's tooth and appears to have been used primarily for cracking errant children on the back of the skull. From this time onwards we find extensive use of widgets all over Europe, Asia Minor and deep into Africa. It is fair to say that for a very long time the widget has been the tool that mankind reached for when a job needed to be done.

It was in Roman times though that widgets acquired the prestige status they maintained until recent times. Civilised man long considered that widgets, to be worthwhile, could only be made from gold or silver. It is thought that Pliny the Clever, owner of a large gold mine on the outskirts of Rome, was responsible for this persistant misconception. Pliny began manufacturing gold widgets, and spreading stories about the uselessness of widgets made from more humble substances, in the late days of the Roman empire.

Pliny's Misconception, as his theory is now known by modern day widgetologists, held back human progress for over 2000 years, and it is only now that we are breaking free of its shackles. For this giant leap in technology we can thank one of the great thinkers of the twentieth century, an Italian called Arturo Piano.

During the difficult times experienced by Italy after the end of the second world war, Piano, a baker from Verona, became increasingly frustrated with tedious process of removing dough from under his fingernails after a hard day at the ovens. Defying convention (and his wife), he crafted a widget from an old bottle top. After several weeks of using his new widget successfully, with none of the terrible consequences predicted by his wife and mother-in-law eventuating, Arturo Piano knew he was onto a good thing. With bravery and ingenuity he went ahead and created widgets for numerous household purposes, many of which you will be familiar with. he made a widget for cleaning the top of the detergent bottle, and one for supporting the broken leg of his electric frypan. He made an entire set of different sized widgets for cleaning the dough mixing machines at the bakery, and several different colored ones as playthings for his dog, Keith.

When Piano's neighbour's saw the way in which these cheap widgets were revolutionising his life and making it more efficient they started trying it themselves. But by this time Piano himself was way ahead of the curve and had set up widget factories producing cheap but attractive widgets for every occasion. Unfortunately for Arturo, however, he was never able to obtain any sort of exclusive right to the cheap widget, and by the 1970s the market was saturated with millions of different types of widget manufactured by hundres of thousand of companies. Here at Widgets-R-Us you will find only the most useful and economical widgets from the most reputable manufacturers.

Widgets really do have an infinite number of uses. From Botswana, where they are used to unblock drains, to Kazakastan where they clean windows, humankind everywhere could not get by without them on a day to day basis. And even when you're not aware of it they are there. When you ring somewhere and they put you on hold, it's a widget that makes the music play while you are waiting. And who would sleep these days without the security of knowing their bedside widget is there? Truly they are a remarkable product of the human genius for creating useful objects.

But don't forget, when you think widgets, think Widgets-R-Us and you just can't go wrong.