Crazy Amazing Pencil

Crazy Amazing Pencil

Crazy Things you don’t know about Pencils:

  • Food poisoning will not happen if you accidentally eat a pencil. It’s supposedly just a mixture of clay and graphite, the tip doesn’t  contain any lead.

  • The mineral- Graphite is a crystallized form of carbon, was discovered in mid-16th century, near Keswick, England. The German chemist, A. G. Werner, named it from the Greek word – graphein, which means “to write.”
  • Pencil marks are made when tiny graphite flecks, often just thousandths of an inch wide, stick to the fibers that make up paper.
  • One pencil holds enough graphite to draw a line about 35 miles long or to write roughly 45,000 words. That’s a 450 pages thick book.
  • The word “pencil” came from the Latin word – penicillus, meaning—“little tail.” 
  • The Frenchmen who supported the idea of a pencil are:Nicolas-Jacques Conté, who patented a clay-and-graphite manufacturing process in 1795; Bernard Lassimone, who patented the first pencil sharpener in 1828; and Therry des Estwaux, who invented an improved mechanical sharpener in 1847.
  • Another French guy also invented the rubber pencil eraser, Before that, writers removed mistakes with bread crumbs.
  • Almost all pencils sold in America today have eraser tips, while those sold in Europe usually have no eraser.

  • Eberhard Faber built the first American mass-production pencil factory in 1861 at New York City .
  • Union soldiers during the Civil War always bring a pencil with them.
  • A company founded by British developers patented the 1st mechanical pencil in 1822. During the WWII , Hitler bombed the factory.
  • Ironically, an American entrepreneur – Armand Hammer , by 1917 ,was awarded a monopoly for pencil manufacturing in the USSR.
  • In 2004, factories in China turned out 10 billion pencils, enough to circle the earth more than 40 times. Half of the world’s pencils production came from China.
  • Even with zero gravity, pencils can write in the outer space. So, for all early American and Russian space missions, pencil is a must.
  • Paul Fisher developed the pressurized Fisher Space Pen in 1965. That’s after the Apollo 1 caught fire, due to pencil lead accident. NASA banned pencils in favor of his pen on manned spaceflights.

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