March 30, 2012 is Pencil Day, the day we celebrate the first patent on the modern pencil. On this day in 1858, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Hymen Lipman a patent for a pencil with an eraser attached to it. This wooden pencil was praised for its ease of use during writing and drawing.
A single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long, it can also write under water, upside down or in zero gravity.
On Pencil Day, commemorate the history and usefulness of pencils by putting your laptop aside and instead use a pencil and paper to write!