Kids are back in school and that means scantrons and #2 pencils, amongst other things. Maybe you never gave much thought the pencil, but we did. And hey, maybe you’ll be able to answer an extra answer or two at trivia thanks to our curiosity. You’re welcome.
- Pencils are made from graphite and the number on the pencil denotes how hard or soft the graphite is. The #1 pencil is darker than a #2 but smudges easier. Pencils that are #3 and #4 can be too light. That leaves #2, school’s favorite pencil.
- The rest of the world uses a combination of letters and numbers to measure the hardness of their pencils. We use numbers. (You know, it’s kind of like how we ignored the metric system.) Our #2 is equivalent to the rest of the world’s HB pencil.
- Before the invention of erasers, some folk used bread to get rid of their markings. Though, we don’t suggest sending your kids to school with a loaf of bread instead of an eraser.
- Some say one pencil will draw 35 miles. Some say 70. Any takers on finding out which one is correct?
- Most pencils sold in Europe do not have erasers. Maybe that’s why the French are always carrying around baguettes.
- Owning a pencil sharpener used to be illegal. In Britain in the early 20th century graphite supplies were low, so banning sharpeners was clearly the most logical way to save pencils from excessive over sharpening.
- The world’s biggest pencil was 76 feet long.
- There’s a National Pencil Day (March 30th to be exact). You missed it this year, but be sure to “pencil it in” for next year.
But hey, you probably just need to stock up on pencils for your child. So, we can help you with that too. Check out Poppin’ for starters.