Pencils have been around for hundreds of years, and still show no signs of fading away.
Their most obvious usages for pencils are writing, erasing, and drawing, but there is so much more to this simple invention.
For example, pencils could be used for:
- racing. I clearly remember having pencil races in grade school, seeing which pencil was the fastest one to roll down from the top of a desk. Ridged yellow pencils stood no chance against its smoothed surface cousins.
- throwing. Another grade school past time; trying to see who could throw their pencil up in the air and get it stuck in the ceiling. In an odd twist, if you won, you also kind of lost.
- drumming. who hasn’t beat their pencil on a tabletop in tune to their favorite song?
- chewing. I am a notorious pencil chewer. I remember in grade school chewing pencils so much that they would eventually break in half.
- scratching. both ourselves and lottery tickets.
- stirring. paint, coffee, lemonade, you name it.
- poking and stabbing. I guess every great invention has a dark side.
- popping. balloons or package filling, the sharper the point, the better the popping.
- spelling out words. if you’re stuck on a remote island, and all you’ve got are thousands of pencils, you could use them to spell out “HELP” in large letters.
- avoiding school work. Another grade school memory. I can recall asking all of my classmates if their pencils needed sharpening, and then once I had accumulated enough and was bored enough, I could go to the back of the room and sharpen them.
And using this post as an example, when you can’t think of anything to write about, pencils could serve as the subject of a frivolous essay.