Happy National Pencil Day!
Mar 30, 2013
Did you know…
- 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.
- A single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long.
- A pencil can write underwater, upside down, or in zero gravity.
- Manufacturers painted the first pencils yellow because the color was associated with royalty and honor. (People quickly began assuming that yellow pencils were the best type!)
In honor of this historic day – why not set down the laptop and close out of the email – and use a pencil and paper to write today! After all, the pencil is most likely the first tool everyone used to make their first creative mark with… How many 155-yearold tools do you know that are still as widely used today as when they were first invented? Pretty cool to show a seemingly everyday item some much-needed appreciation!