March 30, 2013
Happy Pencil Day and Earth Hour Day!
I love sharp sharp sharp pencils, especially the Ticonderoga chubby ones with no eraser. Those are my favorites! The best ever! Here is a little history about the pencil:
“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. Hymen Lipman created the wooden pencil and received high praise for how easy it was to use for writing and drawing.
Did you know that a single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long? A pencil can also write under water, 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!”
The most interesting thing about this second is that someone’s name was Hymen…yikes that’s a moniker I wouldn’t want!
About Earth Hour…first of all it was celebrated on the 23rd of March this year…oops missed it by a week. However, I think it’s a good thing and will give it a little plug anyway. Here is a blurb from their website www.earthhour.org.
Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.