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