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Who Knew That Pencils Were So Interesting…10 Amazing Facts about The Humble Pencil

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10 Amazing Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Pencil

The next time you’re stuck for something to talk about with your friends at work, why not hit them with a bit of useless, but nevertheless interesting knowledge? We love little quirky facts here at, especially when it’s related to anything stationery!

Here we give you a list of 10 absolutely amazingly interesting facts about the humble pencil…

  1. It is thought that the word pencil is derived from the Latin word pencillus which translates to “little tail.” Some also believe that the word comes from the French word pincel, meaning “little paintbrush.” We will just continue to use the word pencil, though!
  2. Apparently, the average sized pencil can draw a line 35 miles long! WOW! Obviously, no one has ever attempted this huge task!
  3. If you ever find yourself out in space and have the urge to write something down then it’s definitely a pencil you need! Pencils can write in zero gravity, upsidedown and under water. Now that’s a clever tool!
  4. More than 14 billion pencils (yes that’s billion, with a B) are made in the world every year! That’s enough to circle the world 62 times! More than half of all the worlds pencils are produced in China.
  5. The pencil is very old! How old you ask? Well, the pencil was first invented in 1565! That’s older than your Gran!
  6. Historically, pencils had no eraser attached as teachers thought this would encourage kids to make mistakes. Horrible teachers!! And, before erasers were made out of rubber, people used bread crumbs to erase mistakes!
  7. As well as being able to draw a line 35 miles long, this amazing little writing implement will on average write 45,000 words! That’s a lot of university coursework!
  8. Money certainly doesn’t grow on trees (it doesn’t, we promise!) but one normal sized tree can produce around 300,000 pencils! Where do we find these trees?
  9. If you were worried about being poisoned by lead from your pencil don’t be! The gray part of the pencil is not made from lead but rather a mix of graphite and clay.
  10. The world holds some remarkable things including the biggest pencil ever made! This behemoth of a pencil is made from the finest Malaysian wood, stands at 65 feet tall and is called the Castell 9000. You can see it in Kuala Lumpur.

So there you have it. 10 amazing facts about the pencil that you can amaze your friends with. And don’t forget, you can find a fantastic range of pens and pencils at Free shipping on all UK orders over £25 and Free International shipping on orders over £50 from your favourite online stationery shop.

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