The inventor of the Lava Light, an accountant, originally didn't envision his product associating with groovy psychedelic hippie culture. An ad for them in the straight-laced American Bar Association Journal pitched an "executive" desk version mounted on a walnut base beside a ballpoint pen. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The BIC Crystal ballpoint pen was first sold in the US in 1959 for $0.19. It is still sold for approximately $0.19 even with inflation. theatlantic.com/technolog…
For the past 50 years, the Skilcraft US Government ballpoint pen has been produced by sight-impaired workers under an 80-year-old program dating to the New Deal to employ blind Americans. wtop.com/life-style/2018/…
That, despite producing about 38 billion ballpoint pens each year, China had yet to acquire the technology to produce their own pen tips domestically until 2017. chinadaily.com.cn/china/2…
Cursive writing was invented to accommodate the limitations of the quill, and starting falling out of favor in the 30s and 40s after the invention of the ballpoint pen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
BIC has sold more than 100 billion ballpoint pens globally since 1950, which is enough to draw a line to the moon and back more than 320,000 times. theguardian.com/technolog…
The difference between ballpoint and rollerball pens isn't the pen, but the ink inside. Ballpoint pens use a paste-like oil-based ink while Rollerballs use low-viscosity water-based inks and gels to achieve an effect similar to a fountain pen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
"cc" on a letter means "Carbon Copy," which required the use of something called "carbon paper" that was used to make a copy of documents written with ballpoint pens or typewriters. learnersdictionary.com/qa…
An experiment was conducted to evaluate the feasibility of various pens for use in an emergency tracheotomy, only two tested were acceptable (β€œBaron retractable ballpoint and the BIC soft feel Jumbo”) emj.bmj.com/content/27/4/…
Despite China being famous for manufacturing most of the world's goods, it was 2017 when China mastered the art of manufacturing ballpoint pens. bloomberg.com/view/articl…
When the original card back art for Magic the Gathering was sent to the printers, it had an accidental ballpoint pen mark on it. The same pen mark has now been on every MTC card for 23+ years. mtgsalvation.gamepedia.co…
The first ballpoint pens in America sold for $12.50, the equivalent of $164 today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
The biggest ballpoint pen ever made was in India. It has a length of 5.5m and weighs 37.23kg, and it's fully functioning. youtube.com/watch?v=xPqv7…
Marcel Bich dropped the "H" from his last name to avoid mispronunciation while marketing his newest product, a ballpoint pen. Today, more than 100 billion Bic Cristal pens have been sold worldwide nzherald.co.nz/world/news…
A regular ballpoint pen will work in space esa.int/esl/ESA_in_your_c…
LΓ‘szlΓ³ JΓ³zsef BΓ­rΓ³, mostly known for inventing the ballpoint pen (BE: biro), also invented an automatic transmission. It was never used though, because GM just bought its rights to prevent others from using it. dailynewshungary.com/grea…
The first ballpoint pen was sold in the US and cost $12.50 about $170 today wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballpo…
Today I learned that China has had to import the the stainless steel ball and its casing for the ballpoint pens they produced because they didn't have the technology to manufacture the steel fine enough to produce smooth writing pens ejinsight.com/20160121-wh…
The for over 50 years, all then ballpoint pens made for the U.S. government have been manufactured by blind workers. us1.campaign-archive1.com…
LΓ‘szlΓ³ BΓ­rΓ³ was the inventor of the modern ballpoint pen, presented it in 1931 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LΓ‘s…
The ball in a ballpoint pen is made from the same metal that armor-piercing ammunition is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tun…
The tip of a ballpoint pen is almost as hard as a diamond m.youtube.com/watch?v=sYw…
In 1998 Swissair flight 111 hit the ocean so hard that pen ballpoints in the cargo hold were shot through into passenger seats youtube.com/watch?v=TiOnR…
Roll-on deodorants were inspired by ballpoint pens. inventors.about.com/od/ds…
Ballpoint pen covers have a hole in it so that if it gets caught in the trachea, it would allow air to pass through. youtu.be/mx8cDDB6OQM?t=24…
Before he was an actor, Johnny Depp took up the job of being a ballpoint-pen salesman to support himself and his wife imdb.com/name/nm0000136/b…

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