A brief history of pencil lead


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I feel like we didn’t need to go ALLLL the way back to the beginning of the universe… I mean this is true for every element. So one could literally start from this point for any question which had a physical item as the subject.



LOL. Basically.


Pencils did contain lead, it was in the paint of the outer coating.


Steve McCroskey: Jacobs, I want to know absolutely everything that’s happened up till now.

Jacobs: Well, let’s see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di’s clothes. I couldn’t believe it. He took her best summer dress out of the closet…


I’m worried no one else brought this up.


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