Samuel Clemons got his pen name of "Mark Twain" from when he worked with steamboats; it was the measurement of a river depth of 12 feet, which was a safe depth for the boats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The creator of Death Note Tsugumi Ohba is a pen name, his real identity is a closely guarded secret. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsu…
That the average ball point pen can write for 900m, BIC (cristal) pens have 2.5km of ink and Selter pens have 4-5km. There is also the Fisher Infinium pen that supposedly will not run out in your life time. blog.penvibe.com/how-far-…
In 1947 John Calhoun began a 2-year study of rats in a massive pen. Although 5 females could've produced 5,000 progeny, the population never pass 200. The rats did not scatter but organized themselves into 12 colonies of a dozen rats each. He noted that 12 was the maximum that can live in peace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
After landing on the moon during Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin accidentally damaged the circuit breaker that would arm the ascent engine that would get them off the moon. The astronauts activated the engine by triggering the circuit with a felt-tipped pen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Jason Alexander threatened Larry David that he'd quit "Seinfeld" if he ever wrote another episode not featuring George after the table read of Season 3's "The Pen." nypost.com/2016/07/10/the…
The game Battleship was played as a pen and paper game by Russian military officers before WWI wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle…
Today I learned about The Drag, a dramatic play written in 1926 by Mae West under her pen name Jane Mast. The play opened in New Jersey and Connecticut, but was later forced to close for its portrayal of homosexuality and cross-dressing. The play never opened on Broadway, as West had planned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The game Battleship dates back to turn of the 20th century, where is was played with just paper and pen. The game is said to have been played by Russian officers before WWI. A version using plastic pegs wasn't created until 1967. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Pen Caps have holes in them so that you won't suffocate if you swallow one mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Dr.Seuss used the pen name "Theo. LeSieg" for his 1966 children's book "Come over to My House". The illustrations portray the various styles of homes that kids from around the world live in along with Seuss's recognizable verse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Paul C. Fisher created the space pen. The device writes upside down, in frigid or hot conditions, underwater, and in zero gravity. Pressurized cartridge ink, a gel-like solid turns to fluid to write. Pressurized nitrogen prevents air from mixing with the ink, so it cannot evaporate or oxidize. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The story of Russians using a much cheaper pencil in space while Americans spent millions on pens is false. Pencils create dust which is bad for the air and equipment, and are also combustible which is a no go in space. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
A prison ring is a type of plastic jewelry made by hand in prisoners with heated and melted scrap plastic material, such as a toothbrush or a pen. A common feature of prison rings were small photos mounted on the bezel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The Seinfeld episode β€œThe Pen”, in which Jerry and Elaine visit his parents in Florida, is the only episode that doesn’t feature Jason Alexander. After the table read, he threatened to quit the show if they ever wrote another episode without George in it again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Trish Vickers, a blind author who wrote 26 pages of her first novel without realising her pen had run out of ink. The local police force used their forensic lab to find the missing words, and the book was published on the day of her death. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
The Disney Bomb, inspired in 1943 by the release of Disney's "Victory Through Air Power", could penetrate 14 feet of solid concrete. One Disney Bomb blasted through a submarine pen's concrete reinforced roof, 3 feet of solid concrete flooring, stopped only by the sandy bedrock beneath. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned of F. D. C. Willard, the pen name of a Siamese cat who internationally published two scientific papers in Physics once as a co-author and once as the sole author. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._…
Today I learned of the late Canadian comedy writer Peter Torokvei, pen "PJ Torokvei", writer for Second City ,head writer and producer of cult sitcom "WKPR in Cincinnati", screenwriter of many iconic 80s/early 90s comedy movies including "Back To School" and "Real Genius", and also a transwomen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PJ_…
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 $2 bill makes up 1% of currency circulation. Its scarcity in daily use has confused some merchants who believe the bill to be fake. A 13 year-old girl in Texas was detained by Police when she tried to pay for her school lunch w/a $2 bill, b/c the school’s counterfeit pen wouldn’t work on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Abraham Lincoln wrote poems throughout his life, including this one at the age of seventeen: Abraham Lincoln is my nam[e], And with my pen I wrote the same, I wrote in both hast and speed, and left it here for fools to read loc.gov/rr/program/bib/pr…
In the early 19th Century, employees of the Bank of England went through about 1.5 million quill pens per year, or about five pens per employee per day. Quill pens were usually made out of feathers from geese wings. bankofengland.co.uk/-/med…
In Sweden's 2010 election people tried to perform an SQL Injection of the election database with a pen-and-paper attack on their ballots; instead of a write-in candidate name, they wrote in Javascript and SQL database Code wired.co.uk/article/swede…
Medieval scribes would frequently scribble complaints in the margins of books as they copied them, as their work was so tedious. Recorded complaints range from β€œAs the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe.”, to β€œOh, my hand.” and, "A curse on thee, O pen!" blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/…
In 2009 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America voluntarily enacted new rules that forbid pharmaceutical reps from giving doctors offices pens, mugs, mousepads, and other swag to prevent any undue influence on doctors to prescribe their products chron.com/news/houston-te…
While dying of stomach cancer and hospitalized in 1989. Osamu Tezuka (creator of Kimba and Astro Boy) was still able to draw tons of sketches with his pens and paper. His last words was "I'm begging you, let me keep working!" as a hospital nurse took away his pens and paper so he could rest. tofugu.com/japan/osamu-te…
The close up shots of a pen floating in zero-gravity in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) were achieved by sticking a pen to a piece of glass and rotating it. The set could also be moved towards and away from the camera which remained stationary. youtu.be/StZ2fmWYom4?t=62…
The reason why NASA (and later the Russians) use a specialised space pen instead of pencil in space is because the graphite of pencils is conductive and can cause short circuits and even fires. The pens have been used since the Apollo era and are still being used right now on the ISS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
In the Yakuza, pinkies are amputated for transgressions. There is a woman in Japan that handcrafts new pinkies for former members. They help reformed criminals regain a normal life. The fake tip, which lasts 5-10 years, slides on to the existing stub like a lid on to a pen. theguardian.com/world/201…
The author that gave us "It was a dark and stormy night" also gave us "the almighty dollar" and "the pen is mightier than the sword". mprnews.org/story/2015/10…
The pen caps have holes in them to prevent suffocation, in case they were swallowed. As roughly 100 people die in the US each year from choking on pen lids independent.co.uk/life-st…
The man behind SNL's "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" during the 1980s and 1990s, Jack Handey, is an actual person, and not a pen name or character texasmonthly.com/the-cult…
A cat co-authored a physics paper published in a scientific journal under the pen name of F.D.C. Willard. The cat's owner, Jack H. Hetherington, realized he had mistakenly used "we" instead of "I" in his paperβ€”and instead of correcting the issue, he listed his cat Chester as his co-author. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._…
It's mandatory for school children to use fountain pen in Germany fountainpennetwork.com/fo…
Neil Armstrong and Aldrin were almost stranded on the moon because they broke a vital circuit breaker, snapping power to the engine. They finally managed to push and hold it back in with a felt-tip pen long enough for it to work. history.com/news/buzz-ald…
Today I learned of the Pen-tailed treeshrew which is the only mammal that daily imbibes alcohol. It consumes the equivalent of 10-12 glasses of wine a night with no sign of intoxication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Today I learned of Fred, a New Jersey goat who was blamed for freeing over 60 animals from a livestock auction pen. Fred had escaped the auction house a year prior. After some of the animals were rounded up, Fred was seen headbutting the gate, leading the auction house manager to suspect Fred as the culprit. nypost.com/2018/08/09/rog…
On the Mississippi River in the 1850s, the word "two" was often pronounced "twain." When leadsmen measured a depth of two fathoms, they shouted "mark twain!" The American writer Mark Twain, a former river pilot from Missouri, got his pen name from this phrase. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dep…
Jason Alexander threatened to quit "Seinfeld" in the third season. After the table read of "The Pen", which features only Jerry and Elaine, Alexander pulled Larry David aside and said "if you write me out again, do it permanently." In 9 seasons, that was the only episode he wasn't it. nypost.com/2016/07/10/the…
The curiously named US Navy ship, USS Bonhomme Richard, is actually a playful pseudonym for Ben Franklin. It was based on Franklin’s pen-name for his β€œPoor Richard’s Almanac”, and French for β€œgood man”, due to his affinity for France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
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…
Not only did a private US company pay for the research for the inexpensive "space pen" NASA uses, but the pen worked so well that the Soviets bought it, too. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The light pen, a predecessor to modern touch screens, was first invented in 1955 and popular through the 60s and 80s. A light pen detects changes in brightness from the cathode-ray tube and communicates the timing of this event, time and brightness are correlated for position. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
All US Government issued pens are made by a company named Skillcraft that only employs the blind en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
NASA never spent $1 Million to develop the space pen. The Fisher Pen company spent $1 million of its own money to make a zero-G pen, which NASA brought for about $6 per pen. The Soviets also switched to pens as they were safer than pencils. youtube.com/watch?v=yJrzx…
The comic strip Nancy, which has been running since 1938, has been written and illustrated by a cartoonist under a pen name since 2018, and her run has been critically acclaimed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
The identity of the Creator of the popular Manga/Anime, Death Note, is closely guarded secret. Tsugumi Ohba is the creator's Pen Name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsu…
β€œcooties” originally was WWI soldiers’ slang for body lice that infested the trenches, before it evolved into a children’s game of contagion that even includes β€œinoculation” via a ball point pen and a rhyme, which emerged after the polio vaccine became common. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
When Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin left the lunar lander to step onto the moon, one of them broke off the toggle switch that armed the ascent engines. Aldrin jammed a pen into the resulting hole to arm the engines so they could get home. cnbc.com/id/42592372

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