PENCIL FACTS . . .
* More than 14
billion pencils are produced in the world every year
- enough to circle the globe 62 times.
* One pencil will draw a line 70 miles long.
* Pencils don't really contain lead.
That gray matter is graphite and clay.
* Two billion pencils
are made in the United States each year.
* The pencil was invented more than 400 years ago, in 1565.
* Famous novelists Ernest Hemingway and John
Steinbeck used pencils to write their books.
* Pencils didn't have erasers on them until 100 years ago because
teachers felt they would encourage children to
* It would cost $50 in labor and materials for a person to
make a 10-cent pencil.
* One million pencils are used annually on the
floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
* The average pencil can be sharpened 17 times,
write 45,000 words or draw a line 35 miles long.
* A good-size tree will make about
* Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" in pencil.