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Comment Re:Scientific ignorance (Score 1) 475

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencil#History

The archetypal pencil may have been the stylus, which was a thin metal stick, often made from lead and used for scratching in papyrus, a form of early paper. They were used extensively by the ancient Egyptians and Romans. The word pencil comes from the Latin word pencillus which means "little tail".

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