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Fun in History – A Few Facts about the Pencil on Pencil Day!

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Did you know today March 30, 2014 is Pencil Day?

 

Here are a few facts about the Pencil:

  • 1. On this day in 1858, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the first-ever patent for a modern pencil with an eraser attached to it.
  • 2. Hymen Lipman created the wooden pencil and received high praise for how easy it was to use for writing and drawing.
  • 3. A single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long.
  • 4. A pencil can also write under water, upside down, or in zero gravity.
  • 5. Manufacturers painted the first pencils yellow because the color was associated with royalty and honor.

 

Visit the Science Channel here to see how a pencil is made!

Do you still write with Pencils?