COPENHAGEN, Today (MIPS): A diplomatic row has erupted here over claims from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry that the Hansen Writing Ball was invented by a Swiss "whose name is unrecorded".
"Utter poppycock," declared Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark. "Even an Australian, a Tasmanian at that, would know that it's a Danish invention. Rasmus Malling-Hansen doesn't sound very Swiss to me. Let the Swiss be proud of their cheese, but the Hansen Writing Ball is ours!"
Switzerland, meanwhile, is denying being a party to this false claim. "Nothing to do with us," said Crown Prince Georg. "When we hear the words 'Writing Ball', we think of a Cincinnati typewriting blog. A pretty darned good one, too, I might add!"
*The incriminating evidence of this July 9, 1945, oversight has been sent to me in Canberra from the archives of The Baltimore Sun.