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:

Cloudia said...

graphic!

ALOHA from Honolulu
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DeniseinVA said...

Very interesting Adam, love these facts that you find.

Margaret D said...

Guess what?
I knew this one :)

Moscow Blogger said...

interesting
Lead

Kay said...

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

Kati said...

Yeah, good thing they changed it!

Have a great day,
-Kati

Dana said...

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

DEZMOND said...

we call it graphite pencil here ....

Emmylou said...

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

Pilar Domínguez said...

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

Pat Hatt said...

Glad no more lead, no need for lead poisoning

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Good to know!

Christine said...

oh that's why they called them lead pencils.

Anna and Klaudia said...

interesting pact :)

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Mary Kirkland said...

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

stephen Hayes said...

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

bj said...

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.