THE BALL POINT PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

JUN 10th | TODAY IS:

NATIONAL BALL POINT PEN DAY – From a physics perspective, the ball point pen was a brilliant invention. A small metal ball at the end of a cone allows ink to flow out at a controlled rate. Friction between pen and paper allows the ball to roll thus depositing ink on the page.

We take pens for granted. They can be found in a multitude of places in our homes and come and go from our lives. We might buy one special expensive pen or purchase a whole box of cheap ones. We have many pens that were handed out for advertisement purposes and tend to like to write with one colour. I have lost so many pens that I suspect one day I will move a piece of furniture and find a mound of missing writing instruments.

When I think back to elementary school, one of the most exciting events was day I was awarded my pen license. I was over the moon! We were not allowed to write with a pen until our cursive writing was deemed acceptable and we had broken our dependence on erasers. Although they seem to be a thing of the past, pen licenses are still in effect in Australia.

When you pick up a pen today to write a quick note or add an item to a grocery list, celebrate this mighty inky instrument and its constant contribution to daily life. Where would we be without the pen?

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