A pencil can draw a 35-mile-long line
regular pencil could draw a line 35 miles long. It can be sharpened 17
times and write 45,000 words
The word pencil
comes from the Latin penicillus, which means little tail or
It is believed that
pencil was invented more than 400 years ago, in 1565. The English
first made the graphite pencil in the mid-16th century. The Germans
were the first to enclose the graphite in a wood case in the mid
17th century. In 1795, Nicolas Jacques Conte of France developed a
pencil-making process that is still used today. It wasnít until
1861 that Eberhard Faber built the first mass-produced pencil
factory in the USA.
A good-size tree
will make about 300,000 pencils.
fact about pencils is that they didnít have erasers on them until
100 years ago, for teachers felt they would encourage children to
make mistakes. Joseph Rechendorfer was the first person who thought
of putting a eraser onto the top of a pencil.
More than 14
billion pencils are produced in the world every year ó enough to
circle the globe 62 times.
As opposed to
popular belief, pencils do not contain lead. They contain graphite
Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck used pencils to write their
ó Compiled by Gaurav