In case you haven’t heard, March 30 celebrates a popular product used for writing, homework, drawing and doodling. It’s Pencil Day! This annual “holiday” recognizes Hymen Lipman. On this day back in 1858, Lipman received a patent for his wood-cased pencil with an attached rubber eraser at the end, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Whether you used them to tap out a tune, to nibble on during class or as substitute chopsticks in a pinch, most folks have probably owned one or two of these writing instruments. In fact, many couldn't leave the house without a pencil back in the day. And depending on your age, a good old No. 2 was a requirement in school!
Pencils have been used for centuries. The first pencil, called a stylus, was used by ancient Romans. After a large graphite deposit discovery in 1564, pencils were graphite sticks wrapped in string. In 1662, the first wood-encased pencil was mass-produced in Germany. While yellow pencils are still popular today, those handy dandy mechanical pencils are also popular with children and adults alike.
Fun Pencil Facts
Did you know pencils can write under water?
Pencils also work in zero gravity and have been used in American and Russian space missions.
Unlike pens, pencils still write upside down.
Most pencils are bright yellow, a color associated withroyalty and respect.
The average pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line 35 miles long! Why don't you try it for yourself and see how many words your pencil can write?
The Star Spangled Banner was originally written in pencil.