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Copying pencil

Discussion in 'Aladdin's Cave' started by MaC, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. MaC

    MaC Moderator Staff Member

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    Clearing out one of my pencil boxes, I have, yet again, come across an old, unused, and looking very sound indeed, copying pencil.
    It's marked,

    No 73B HARD "Mephisto" COPYING MADE BY L. & C. HARDYMUTH CZECHOSLOVAKIA

    Fellow on eBay selling a box of them.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-...024544?hash=item34078dac20:g:duYAAOSwqaNcnqS~

    Turns out they're lethal !
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copying_pencil

    "Indelible pencils were the cause of significant health risks due to the presence of aniline dyes. Exposure to aniline dyes could lead to eczema, acne and carcinoma. Penetration of the dye from the pencil lead into the body commonly leads to severe and debilitating effects such as fever, anaemia, elevated white cell count, gastro-intestinal upset, kidney and liver damage, anorexia and necrosis of the tissue surrounding the wound. Such risks are not associated with ordinary graphite pencils. While these symptoms may appear after a couple of days they often develop only after weeks have passed since the injury was sustained. Surgery is required to remove the dye and the infected tissue and "the necrotizing action may be so severe and extensive amputation is necessary"

    There you go, stabbed to death with a pencil :roll:
    Latest spy method to be aware of !

    M


     
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  2. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Moderator Staff Member

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    Very interesting, I'd never heard of those before. Thanks for posting!
     
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  3. se7en

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    So the pencil is mightier than the sword as well as the pen

    Nasty
     
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  4. Moonz

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    ...and considerably easier to write with. :)
     
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  5. MaC

    MaC Moderator Staff Member

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    I do mind when I was very little not being allowed to draw and write with the 'poisoned pencils' in my Grandparents house. Grandpa was an engineer, and his workshops had everything in them. Like the rest of the family he drew as an extension of thought, but his drawings were full of maths too :)
    All these years later I finally find out and make sense of what the poisoned pencils were.
    Learn something new everyday, we really do.
     
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  6. dkonopinski

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    Oh dear. Many years ago a friend of mine complained to his landlord about the lead pipes still in situ in his flat. The landlord said they were safe as you got lead poisoning from licking the tip of pencils. We told him he didn't know what he was talking about.
    Ignorance all round. Thanks for shedding some light.
    David

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    Were aniline dye pencils made in many colors or just black?
    I wonder how much you would have to eat for a problem.
     
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  8. MaC

    MaC Moderator Staff Member

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    Well this one is purple.

    Not a lot apparently.
    Bit like the poor lasses who painted on the glow in the dark marks on clock faces.

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