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Date: 06/02/10 04:34 PM

39 Responses to 9 Strange Facts About The #2 Pencil

  1. Profile photo of eRiCaBot
    eRiCaBot Female 18-29
    1004 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm
    Link: 9 Strange Facts About The #2 Pencil - What Makes #2 Pencils So Special? You`d never believe how intricate an unassumingly ordinary pencil is.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15511 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    Good
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    LA_Smog Male 30-39
    4 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm
    My #2 is always special.
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    xmastree_ph Male 40-49
    416 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm
    "When graphite was discovered in New Hampshire during the 1820s,"

    Only 300 years after it was discovered in borrowdale.
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
    792 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm
    Holy Christ...I spent 10 minutes reading about pencils...bored much? Show me boobies!
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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
    2033 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm
    -xmastree_ph

    The article never claimed the New Hampshire site was the first graphite ever found. It explains that the american pencil numbering system stems from that discovery.

    Read before posting "corrections".
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    admisaok Male 18-29
    516 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    xmastree, I think they meant when it was discovered that there was graphite in New Hampshire.
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    deadpopstar Female 18-29
    497 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm
    Hmmm. I knew a lot of this from an art class I took many moons ago.
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    Skyira Female 18-29
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    June 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm
    yay New Hampshire!!!! :D <3
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    Maelstrom_x Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm
    This article just screams "NERD".
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    britt566 Female 18-29
    2290 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm
    this was so exciting
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    DarkFerret Male 18-29
    2749 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm
    heh, lead-eater.
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    Perseus Female 18-29
    222 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm
    It`s funny. I was thinking about some of those questions about pencils this morning! Hahaha.
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    RAGEMONSTER Male 18-29
    422 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm
    Strange fact #10 about the number 2 pencil. This post sucks!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    June 2, 2010 at 8:27 pm
    Eh, mildly interesting.
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    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
    1380 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm
    ughhh I hate you IAB...mental floss is so addicting...get home from work at 10:30 find this at about 10:45 it is now 12:35 and i`m just finally getting off there...it did cure my boredom i guess so thanks :)
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm
    Not only did I know know... I didn`t care
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    ada_baby Female 18-29
    282 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    As far as I know the only place you can buy pencils that arent #2 are at arts n craft stores. What fool is bringing #3 pencils to an SAT?
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12140 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm
    ughhh I hate you IAB...mental floss is so addicting...get home from work at 10:30 find this at about 10:45 it is now 12:35 and i`m just finally getting off there...it did cure my boredom i guess so thanks :)
    Relieving boredom is our small contribution to humanity. And we do it for free, while ignoring all the crap we get. Our reward awaits us in heaven. Or something.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm
    It`s interesting that no one knows how to make a pencil. To do so, one would have to know forest management; logging and how to make logging tools and equipment; transportation and logistics and how to build trucks and all the parts to make a truck; woodworking and how to make wood working tools and machinery; iron mining, smelting, and steel making and machining; oil exploration, drilling, production, and refining; chemistry and chemical engineering (to make the paint and erasers); and that`s just skimming the surface. How about the integrated circuits in the machinery or writing the code to program them? Or how about building an electric power plant to run the factory?

    In fact, it takes many thousands of people just to make a pencil.
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    taxicab2004 Male 18-29
    112 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm
    meh.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    June 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm
    This article is so HB-ist!
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    Kadinsky Male 18-29
    575 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm
    OldOllie: Can`t you ever say something nice like: "Oh, that article had some really useful information which I did not know, and I do not feel the need to rant about." ?
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    Seastone Female 18-29
    612 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm
    I like it. Trivial knowledge is so wonderful, especially when it pertains to an object we all use often.
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    bayoubengal Female 18-29
    149 posts
    June 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm
    When I found out about the other hardnesses of pencils, it blew my mind! I had no idea what "#2" was about, especially when I started using mechanical pencils.
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    SonicWolf Male 13-17
    89 posts
    June 3, 2010 at 12:32 am
    The mighty HB is the king of pencils.
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    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
    1380 posts
    June 3, 2010 at 12:53 am
    aww davy...I`m not sucking any "e-dicks" or anything but you guys do this poo for free in your spare time and majority of us do appreciate it :)
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    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    June 3, 2010 at 2:00 am
    well i found it interesting
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    thatwasCRAP Male 18-29
    58 posts
    June 3, 2010 at 7:05 am
    yeah im still bored
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
    4809 posts
    June 3, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I love trivia like this!
    Now I know way more about pencils than most people
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
    6694 posts
    June 3, 2010 at 7:40 am
    I like my Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball pen.
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    uhmerikin Male 18-29
    876 posts
    June 3, 2010 at 8:55 am
    Now I need to figure out how I can work in comment about my pencil`s "ferrule" in casual conversation.
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
    1452 posts
    June 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    Were a few of these questions worded weirdly just so the author could add an odd sidenote of knowledge?

    Yes, in fact the author knows so many weird things that will never come up in normal conversation that he often poses these questions in real life.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    June 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm
    Number 2 pencil`s are the king!
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    Stelly Male 30-39
    317 posts
    June 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm
    well, thanks IAB for introducing me to a new site. Now my un-boredness can last longer :) And through many "more from mental_floss" pages I have now learned AC/DC`s hells bells has been used as torture...
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    coolthing97 Male 18-29
    1057 posts
    June 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm
    ...This wasn`t very strange, I already knew most of them. Or maybe I`m just weird that way. :-) Well some of them were just kind of obvious, like the reason we use #2 pencils on scantrons. :-P
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    mamba Male 18-29
    628 posts
    June 5, 2010 at 6:00 am
    i prefer the English name HB, it allows much more opportunity for innuendo. (it stands for "Hard and Black")
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    mamba Male 18-29
    628 posts
    June 5, 2010 at 6:05 am
    also it said blame shoddy chemists for calling it a form of lead, its quite sensible since they thought carbon couldnt conduct electricity like other non metals and they didnt have any better equipment to find out what it was
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    cahalla Female 18-29
    961 posts
    June 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm
    Ummm... well that...was..... uh.

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