Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy National Pencil Day

By Terry Orr

  • More than 14 billion pencils are produced in the world every year  - enough to circle the globe 62 times.
  • Two billion pencils are made in the United States each year.
  • The pencil was invented more than 400 years ago, in 1565.
  • Famous novelists Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck used pencils to write their books.
  • Pencils didn't have erasers on them until 100 years ago because teachers felt they would encourage children to make mistakes.
  • It would cost $50 in labor and materials for a person to make a 10-cent pencil.
  • One million pencils are used annually on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • The average pencil can be sharpened 17 times, write 45,000 words or draw a line 35 miles long.
  • A good-size tree will make about 300,000 pencils.
  • Pencils don't really contain lead.  That gray matter is granite and clay.

March 30 is National Pencil Day! Several years ago, I finally transitioned from wooden to mechanical pencils for daily use – although, there are still some wooden ones scattered here and there.

For those looking for different uses of the pencil other than its intended purpose, ( offers 56 Uses for the Common Pencil.
There are many ways to sharpen your wooden pencils and here a few examples:

(All images from Google)

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