Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fact of the Day: Graphite Pencil

While what makes a pencil write is called lead, this isn't the case. Lead used to be in pencils but it is very toxic. They stopped using it a long time ago, so nowadays the "lead" is really graphite. 

17 comments:

  1. graphic!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  2. Very interesting Adam, love these facts that you find.

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  3. It's good they changed it because I know kids like to put the pencil tips in their mouth.

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  4. Yeah, good thing they changed it!

    Have a great day,
    -Kati

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  5. I was happy to learn this when I was a kid and stepped on a pencil, which broke off in my foot. :)

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  6. we call it graphite pencil here ....

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  7. Can you imagine if it's still lead today? My kids chew their pencils like mad, so.....eeeeeek!

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  8. In Spain it´s always been a graphite pencil; I hadn´t heard about pencils with lead inside. Kisses:)

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  9. Glad no more lead, no need for lead poisoning

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  10. oh that's why they called them lead pencils.

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  11. That's probably good news for all those people who chew on the pencils.

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  12. But telling someone to "Get the graphite out" just doesn't sound right.

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  13. hahhaa on Stephen Hayes comment....:)
    My dad was a printer by trade and a man he worked with in the 40's stuck a pencil lead in his finger and he got so sick, he died from lead poisoning. Sure am thankful lead was replaced with graphite.

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