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…
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…
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._…
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…
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…
Today I learned about misophonia; a recently proven brain abnormality which means sufferers have a hatred of sounds such as eating, chewing, loud breathing or even repeated pen-clicking (as well as other trigger noises). time.com/4659308/misophon…
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…
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…
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 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 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…
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…
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 y/o girl in Texas was detained by Police when she tried to pay for her school lunch with a $2 bill, b/c the school’s counterfeit pen wouldn’t work on it. abc13.com/1314203/
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
Today I learned about the Hillsborough disaster, a tragedy when over thousands of soccer attendees flooded the standing pens so much that 96 people were killed by the stampede. youtube.com/watch?v=J6kAt…
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…
The most expensive writing pen ever sold was the $8 million Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi. The one-of-a-kind fountain pen is based on the Divine Proportion of Phi, and the ratio between the cap and the barrel equals exactly 1.618. The luxurious pen also features 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies. supermoney.com/25-most-ex…
Voltaire (whose real name was François-Marie Arouet) wrote more than 40,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets, using 178 different pen names, filling 200 volumes with 15 million words. voltaire.ox.ac.uk/
Thomas Jefferson bred and raised a special type of geese in order to supply himself with quill pens. history.org/foundation/jo…
All US Government issued pens are made by a company named Skillcraft that only employs the blind en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills has a gravestone for Pen and Teller scoutingla.com/this-grave…
Paul Fisher, creator of the space pen, redesigned the ink instead of the cartirdge to prevent leaking. He developed a thixotropic ink that is a gel at rest, but turns into a liquid under pressure. With this new ink, the pen would never leak and would only write when pressure was applied. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Some 'erasable' pens don't erase their ink. Instead it changes colour to become invisible. shopeveryday.ca/blog/eras…
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
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…
The CMX 600 was the first non-linear video editing system. At its introduction in 1971 the unit had two screens, a light pen, supported up to 27 minutes of record time and cost 250,000 US dollars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMX…
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…
When preparing to return from the Moon, the Eagle's main engine circuit breaker was broken, preventing them from being able to take off. Buzz Aldrin used a felt-tip pen to complete the circuit. youtube.com/watch?v=qGOrt…
Dr. Seuss adopted his pen name after being caught drinking gin in his room during Prohibition. The dean insisted he resign from the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern magazine where he was editor-in-chief, but he continued writing using the Seuss pseudonym. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Se…
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…
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/…
The Fisher Pen Co. patented a sealed, pressurised ink cartridge for the anti-gravity pen in 1966. The "thixotropic” ink is close to a solid before being stirred & as it's stirred by the ball going through the point, it becomes very thin which allows it to flow in the gravity-free vacuum of space wired.co.uk/article/space…
Today I learned of George Spencer Millet, who died running away from 6 girls who were trying to kiss him on his birthday. He tripped and fell and a pen in his pocket stabbed his heart. atlasobscura.com/articles…
BiC pen company's mascot is called Bic Boy. Founded by Marcel "Bich," which was quickly changed to BiC because of the English pronunciation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Noted feminist and anti-Ageism activist Ashton Applewhite wrote an extensive series of dirty joke books during the 1980s under the pen name Blanche Knott. ted.com/speakers/ashton_a…
The student's t test, widely used by statisticians today, was created by William Sealy Gosset as an economical way to test the quality of stout whilst working for the Guinness company. He wasn't allowed under company policy to publish his work, so instead did so using the pen name "student" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
The stereo type of a doctor's poor handwriting is actually based off of the use of Gregg's shorthand alphabet, created by John Robert Gregg in 1888. This was used mainly for pen stenography in the medical field until the use of personal diction machines. gregg.angelfishy.net/anal…
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…
Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter has a decidedly low-tech lifestyle: He writes with a fountain pen, does not use e-mail, and has no cell phone or answering machine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
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…
The Pen-tailed treeshrew, a small mammal from Thailand, consumes the equivalent of 10 to 12 glasses of wine a night in the form of fermented nectar from the bertam palm. This nectar has an alcohol content of up to 3.8%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
In 2012, a blind woman wrote a book on a notepad with rubberbands wrapped around to indicate lines. Her son read chapters back to her for edits then sent them to typesetters. Once, she gave her son 26 blank pages because the pen lost ink and police helped reform it in a five-month effort. bridportnews.co.uk/news/l…
The unibrow is a symbol of beauty for both genders in Tajikistan. Some women who don't have a natural one will try herbal remedies or use a pen. huffpost.com/entry/tajiki…
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 clear portion of fluid on top of the ink in some pens is called an ink follower containing a mixture of silicone oils. patents.justia.com/patent…
'pen' is of Celtic origin, meaning "hill", while 'dle' comes from Old English meaning "hill"; so Pendle Hill in England means "Hill Hill Hill" spectator.co.uk/2017/02/t…
In 2001, a ten-year-old named Laura Buxton, released a balloon with her name and address in the hope of finding a pen pal. The balloon traveled 140 miles before coming down and was found by an almost-ten-year old also named Laura Buxton. They share a number of other similarities. priceonomics.com/two-girl…
Stephen King also writes novels under the pen name Richard Bachman. The photo used of Bachman is actually of King's agent's insurance agent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
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…
People with misophonia get irritated, enraged or panicked by commons sounds like pen tapping and gum chewing neurologytimes.com/blog/m…
Lead vocalist of Queen, Freddie Mercury, had his assistants carry pen and paper on them at all times in case inspiration hit unexpectedly clashmusic.com/feature/10…
"Amish phonebook" is not an oxymoron. Some Amish have a shared phone in a phone shack or "phone shanty". A phone shanty typically contains a telephone with answering machine, phone book, pen and paper, and call log. amishamerica.com/amish-ph…
"The Tale of Genji," the world's first novel written in Heian-period Japan by an unknown noblewoman whose pen name was the same as her handsome lead's love interest (first Mary Sue too?). newrepublic.com/article/1…
, the pen name, Mark Twain, is steamboat slang for 12 feet of water. biography.com/people/mark…
Mo Salah, the star forward for Liverpool, once sent a young fan one of his brand new jerseys after seeing the fan on a television broadcast wearing a tattered shirt with Salah's name crawled on the back of it in pen. sportbible.com/football/l…
How Samuel Clements chose his pen name. He used to be a Riverboat Pilot in Hannibal, MO. It was common to have a crew member throw a line out from the front of the boat to measure the depth shouting β€œMark Twain” if it was a safe depth. A Mark is the same as a Fathom (6 feet) and Twain means 2. marktwainmuseum.org/frequ…
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…
The planet Neptune was not discovered by a telescope. It was discovered by paper and pen. youtube.com/watch?v=ckOch…
The Fisher Space Pen was developed for $1 million, without NASA funding or a contract in place. history.nasa.gov/spacepen…
Always Sunny's creator Rob McElhenny allowed writers from 'Game of Thrones' to pen the episode 'Flowers for Charlie' where Charlie Day is made smart by a scientist and changes completely as a result only to later learn that only his ego had changed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%…
When accepting Japan's surrender in WW2, the Canadian representative signed on the wrong line. This set off a chain reaction of wrong signatures that ended with MacArthur's Chief of Staff having to cross out and amend the document in pen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
In 1873 a classic adventure novel "Around the World in 80 Days" was published in France. Six years later an American woman journalist by the pen name of Nellie Bly completed the trip with the described itinerary in 72 days with nothing more than a handbag and travel money tied around her neck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nel…
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…
Sesame Street created an episode in the wake of 9/11 in which Big Bird has to deal with his pen pal Gulliver, who does not believe birds should be friendly to other species muppetcentral.com/news/20…
Victor Hugo the author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame overcame writers block by removing his clothes and locking himself in an empty room with nothing but Pen and Paper so nothing could distract him. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
In the UK ballpoint pens are called biros after their inventor, Laszlo Biro. He fled to Argentina in 1938 to avoid Nazi persecution and made pens for the Royal Air Force during WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
The first mention of a pen with ink reservoir came in 973 in the region of northwest Africa by Ma'ād al-Mu'izz. He wanted a pen that didn’t get his hand messy. The next mention came in the 17th century by a German inventor, Daniel Schwenter. historyofpencils.com/writ…
The ball point pen is 80 years old. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In North Korea, since every political candidate is chosen by the ruling party, there is only one name on a ballot. A voter may cross off the candidate's name to vote against him, but must do so with a red pen next to the ballot box in sight of electoral officials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Today I learned about the Compaq Concerto. A tablet computer released in 1993, it featured a touch screen, a detachable keyboard, and a version of Windows 3.1 for pen computing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Today I learned of Chiara Vigo, who is the only person alive who knows how to make silk from the highly endangered Noble Pen Shell clam bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
Walt Whitman published a self-help series called Manly Health and Training under a pen name. It recommended beards, nude sunbathing, comfortable shoes, bathing daily in cold water, eating meat almost exclusively, plenty of fresh air, and getting up early. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Two men attempt robbery with permanent marker pen disguises telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Today I learned of Misophonia, a disorder which means sufferers have a hatred of sounds such as eating, chewing, loud breathing or even repeated pen-clicking. time.com/4659308/misophon…
The guy who brought us "It was a dark and stormy night" also brought us "the pen is mightier than the sword" phrases.org.uk/meanings/i…
James Bond villain Yaphet Kotto has expressed that the spy should not be played by a black man, saying β€œPolitical correctness be damned, we have to stay with what is literally correct. These roles are not written for black men" and "We have pens to create roles that no one else has established.” theguardian.com/film/2015…
In 2006 after leaving the UN, Kofi Annan was vacationing in Italy with his wife.He was at a shop when a group of men approached him. β€œMorgan Freeman, may I have an autograph?” one man said. Annan reportedly smiled, graciously signed β€œMorgan Freeman” with the man’s pen, and left. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
Actress Carrey Mulligan and singer Marcus Mumford were childhood pen pals who lost contact. Each found fame and were reintroduced to each other as adults and fell in love. They are now married. rollingstone.com/music/ne…
Edward Bulwer-Lytton - known as the 'worst writer in history' - coined the phrase "the pen is mightier than the sword" theguardian.com/books/boo…
A Penn State researcher introduced pigs to joy-stick controlled video games, and in weeks they would begin to "beg to play video games. They beg to be the first ones out of their pens, then they trot up the ramp to play." community.seattletimes.nw…
Internet cables that cross the Atlantic Ocean on the sea bed are only as thick as a Magic Marker Pen in deep seas. Sharks like chewing these cables though it's not known why. Sharks can sense electromagnetic fields so they may be attracted to the current. mentalfloss.com/article.p…
The little holes on top of pens caps were created so pen chewers won't choke. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
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/…
An 8-year old girl had the Grand Wizard of the KKK as a pen pal 6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.co…
A primitive form of fax machine existed in the 19th century. Using a special pen connected to electromagnetic sensors, a person could electronically transmit a hand-written message. It became popular as a way to send signatures over a distance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
The penknife got its name from its use in preparing quills for use as dip pens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
The US Government has rigorous specs for the pens it buys. assembled by blind people, the pens must be able to write for a mile and in temps 160F to -40, are designed to fit undetected into uniforms, can stand in for a two inch fuse, and be used for an emergency tracheotomy washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
When it was revealed that Richard Bachman was a pen name used by Stephen King, about the author blurbs on the books said that Bachman died suddenly of "cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Sarah Chalke wore her labcoat from 'Scrubs' when she played in 'How I Met Your Mother' and used pens to cover up her name cbsnews.com/news/sarah-ch…
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…
"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…
There are pen spinning tournaments and even a World Cup of it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Light Pens worked by detecting exactly which pixel on the CRT was lit at that moment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
Mark Twain's real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He created the pen name while working on Mississippi riverboats, and "Mark Twain" was the water depth required for his boat to pass through safely en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for "Rocky" in 3 and a half days by hand with a bic pen. nytimes.com/packages/html…

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