Pencils

I know this is a random blog but I have very little time to finsih this blog though. So enjoy this blog about some pencil facts.

  1. One theory is that the word pencil comes from the Latin word pencillus, which means “little tail.” Another is that it is derived from the French pincel, meaning “little paintbrush.”
  2.  It is said that the average pencil can draw a line 35 miles long, although this has never been tested.
  3. Faber-Castell’s pencil production approximates 1.8 billion per year.If these pencils were laid end to end it would be possible to encircle the world more than 6 times on the equator line.

     

  4. The biggest pencil in the world is 20m high and it is located in Malaysia. The pencil was produced by the Faber-Castell Malaysia production site.

     

  5. An average size tree will make approximately 300,000 pencils.
  6. Graphite was discovered in large and pure quantities near Cumbria in the early-mid 1500s. As well as its use in pencils, it was also found to be very useful for marking sheep.
  7. Other materials used in pencils can vary from charcoal to carbon.
  8. On average a pencil can be sharpened 17 times and can write approximately 45,000 words.
  9. Most pencils sold in America today have eraser tips, while those sold in Europe usually have none.
  10. The first mechanical pencil factory was located in England. It was destroyed in a bombing during WWII.
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