Zippy's Video of the Week: Why the Pencil is Perfect

It's officially August, so you know what that means: the beginning of "back to school" season! (Cue groans.) As we purchase school supplies for our own children, or for local community drives, let us also take a moment to contemplate the pencil. Just how did this everyday object come to be? And why are they often yellow? Pencil shop owner Caroline Weaver shares the history behind this common writing implement. 

 

This episode is part of TED's series, Small Thing Big Idea, shared through Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.