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Fun Facts about Pens

•  Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name
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Erasers weren't always called erasers! The item was originally referred to as a "rubber," because the tree resin it was made of "rubbed out" marks made by a pencil. In Great Britain, the eraser is still called a "rubber!"

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It is 'illegal' by US Navy law to bring a red pen, pencil, or marker on to the bridge of a ship. Ships run at 'red light' at night and if a red pen or marker is accidentally used to mark a shoal; it would not be seen with the red light. One of the worst naval disasters occurred when a shoal was marked with a red pen and a formation of ships ran aground in the late 1920's

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The president of the United States signs Bills with different pens that never get used again

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There are pens used for writing that aren't filled with ink or lead. Well?they are called quills

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The quill pen was the writing instrument that was in use for the longest period in history - for more than 1000 years.

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Quills were usually taken from the five outer left wing feathers of living birds in the spring. The left wing was preferred because the feathers curved outward when used by a right-handed writer.

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Quill pens made of goose feathers were the most common.

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Premium grade Quills were made of swan feathers and were scarcer and more expensive.

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During the days of the quill pen, writers used to keep a coal stove below their high-top desk to prevent the ink from drying.

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Quill pens usually lasted for only a week and had to be replaced.

•  The term "pen-knife" originated from the special knife that was used to sharpen the quill before writing.
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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the US President, had a flock of geese specially bred to meet his vast need for quills - he wrote nearly 20,000 letters in his lifetime!

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Ernest Hemingway wrote his famous novel "For whom the bell tolls" with a Parker pen.

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Blue and red are the most popular crayon colours, according to a survey conducted in 1993.

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The Greeks invented a reed pen in 500 BC, which had a point cut in diverse ways, to produce different letter shapes. They also made it more flexible by adding a slit - the same principle found in modern fountain pen nibs.

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When Parker Pens marketed their ballpoint pens in Mexico, the headline of their advertisement was supposed to read, "It won't leak in your pocket and embarrass you." But when the agency mistakenly used the Spanish word "embarazar", thinking it meant, "embarrass", the translated advertisement read as "It won't leak in your pocket and make you pregnant."

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