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Underlining tool for obsessive-compulsive readers

August 10, 2010 | By Abraham | 10 comments

More pics and an explanation of how it works…assuming that it does work.


  1. John T. Meche III says:

    I bookmarked this the second I saw it. I’ve got to get one -not because I am OCD, but because all the books I have read have lines through the text where my underlining has gone astray.

  2. Beryl says:

    I’m an underliner. In church I usually pull out my wallet to get an ATM card for a straightedge. (People think I’m getting ready for the collection.)

    This could save many pewmates severe embarassment.

  3. Chuck Thomas says:

    Guess I am not as O-C as I thought. Let me guess, it is marketed on late night television, with operators standing by right now. “AND…if you call in the next 10 minutes, we’ll double the offer so that you can have one in the bedroom and one at the office.”

  4. Nathan says:

    My luck, I’d draw a straight line, sure, but at an angle that would end up way above or below the text line I started underlining.

  5. Daniel says:

    I think the fifth commenter on the linked page correctly points out that this tool only removes 1 degree of freedom. By pushing the pen/pencil further in the hole, you could draw a concave curve, a straight line, or a convex curve. And even once you get it set for a straight line, this device does nothing to guarantee that it will be parallel to your text.

  6. Jake says:

    It keeps stipulating ball-point, but I wonder how it would work with a mechanical pencil. ‘Cause that’s how I roll.

    (A red mechanical pencil. I look through the packages to find the one with the most red ones, then take the lead from the other pencils and put it in the reds. Just in case my OCD-ness was in doubt.)

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