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  1. In the '90s a batch of pencils by the Bureau for At-Risk-Youth with the slogan "Too Cool To Do Drugs" were recalled for saying "Cool to Do Drugs" and "Do Drugs" as they were sharpened.

  2. In the 90s, pencils with the slogan “Too cool to do drugs” were recalled after it was realized that once sharpened to a certain length, the pencils promoted drugs instead

  3. The famous author, John Steinbeck, had a life-long obsession and fetish with pencils. He liked his pencils when they were new and long and of different hardness/softness. He also noted that he sharpened and used about 60 pencils a day, and preferred to sharpen them all at once.

  4. Colored pencils don't actually use graphite. Rather, they are wax-based. This wax can dull the regular pencil sharpener blades and gunk the sharpener up.

  5. There's a comedian who decided started his own Artisanal pencil sharpening business where you ship him your pencil, and he sharpens it for 40 dollars. He even wrote a book about how to sharpen pencils.

  6. Pencil sharpeners were outlawed in Britain during WWII due to dwindling supplies of Red Cedar and the fact that pencil sharpeners wasted wood. Incense Cedar was later discovered as an alternative to Red Cedar.

  7. David Rees, the cartoonist of the political comic 'Get Your War On' ended the strip shortly after G.W. Bush's administration ended, and now runs an 'Artisanal Pencil Sharpening' business

  8. David Reese a former Cartoonist charges $15 to sharpen pencils you sent him by mail incase you don't have a pencil he can provide you with a sharpened pencil for $500

  9. Pencil sharpeners were once illegal in Britain.

  10. The large hole on school pencil sharpeners is for crayons

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Interesting definitions that can be fact checked.

Wikipedia's first "Did You Know?" was in February 23, 2004, saying " that a pencil sharpener 'is a device for sharpening a pencil's point by shaving the end of the pencil'? Well, all right, you probably did.".

There is a pencil-sharpener museum in Logan, Ohio.

I've been sharpening pencils all wrong: You have to turn the sharpener while holding the pencil still. This reduces stress on the lead and the likelihood it will break.

A pencil sharpener is an incredible way to make kindling for a fire.

Artisanal Pencil Sharpener" is a job (and this guy's charging $500 per on his site).

The first Wikipedia "did you know" explained how pencil sharpeners work

Bruce Lee darts guns slingers in the hand in this movie. The darts are like sharpened pencils

A US drug abuse education program, DARE gave away pencils that, after sharpening, actually read: "do drugs" (#16)

There is an Office Machines Museum in Tehran. The collection houses more than 80 unique and early devices such as typewriters, check writers, pencil sharpeners, duplicators, calculators, cash registers, telegraph equipment, telephones, etc.

Colored pencils don't use graphite. They are wax-based. When sharpened this wax can dull the blades and damage the sharpener.

When the pencil sharpener appears to keep breaking a pencil as you try to sharpen it is because the lead inside the pencil is already broken (and fixable!)

You can sharpen the metal portion of a pencil and extend the eraser usage! Took me 26 years to figure this out...

A company were forced to recall pencils they manufactured carrying the anti-drug propaganda slogan "too cool to do drugs" which subsequently after sharpening read "cool to do drugs" followed by "do drugs".

The reason for two holes on a pencil sharpener. Large hole to shape your wood, small hole to sharpen the lead.

During the course of baseball game, a fan asked another for a knife so he could sharpen his pencil. Just as he leaned over to take the knife, a foul ball struck him on the hand and drove the blade into chest the chest of a man between them. He bled to death within moments.

You can sharpen pencils so you can use them again

You can sharpen pencils so you can use them again, made possible by a one blade conically housed design from 1828 still used today, the “prism sharpener”.

Pencils produced in the 1990s with the anti-drug slogan "Too Cool to Do Drugs" were recalled because, when sharpened, they read "Do Drugs"

There is a special shape of pencil called a carpenters pencil. Its oval/rectangular shape means it doesn't roll away and it can easily be sharpened to a point using a knife instead of a sharpener.

There's a "artisanal pencil sharpener" who charges $500 per pencil

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