Fun Facts

Pencil Fun Facts

The pencil was invented more than 400 years ago, in 1565.

One pencil will draw a line 70 miles long.

The average pencil can be sharpened 17 times and write 45,000 words.

A pencil will write in zero gravity, upside down, and under water!

More than 2 billion pencils are used in the United States every year, and most of them have erasers! However, most pencils sold in Europe do not have erasers.

More than 14 billion pencils are produced in the world every year – enough to circle the globe 62 times.

Pencils don’t really contain lead. That gray matter is graphite and clay.

Pencils didn’t have erasers on them until 100 years ago because teachers felt they would encourage children to make mistakes.

One million pencils are used annually on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

It would cost $50 in labor and materials for a person to make a 10-cent pencil.

Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner” in pencil.

A good-size tree will make about 300,000 pencils