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That is a hecking big pencil

World’s biggest color pencil, y’all. It’s 26 feet long and weighs 984.1 pounds. It is yellow. (It’s not the world’s biggest graphite pencil, though. That’s in St Louis).

The big yellow pencil is part of the Derwent Pencil Museum, a popular visitor attraction in the Northwest of England.

“It is particularly popular with visitors from the county of Yorkshire, due to the importance of pencil production for the local economy during the 1930s.”

Y’all think I make this shit up.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: January 16, 2020, 11:07 pm

The yellow pigment is probably radio-active, or bad for global health in some way, because.

Clearly English guys are much the same as American guys
“We could make this very large pencil…”

Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: January 16, 2020, 11:58 pm

I know you didn’t make up the world’s largest pencil, because I have touched it. And, lemme say–in the City Museum in St. Louis, where it is housed, it’s just one more thing; the museum is that weird and wonderful. It’s in a multi-story industrial building, and the interior (and the many bits on the exterior and roof) are largely made out of discarded stuff–pieces of old buildings, such as copper roof sheets repurposed as sliding surfaces. A 7-story slide, which started life as a way of moving stuff around somewhere. There’s a carnival midway in a corner of one floor; on the same floor there is an exhibit of stuff that was retrieved from old privies in the city that were being eliminated so they could be built over. There’s a section of one wall that is covered with old computer drives. All of this (well, except the entrance to the midway, and the privy-objects collection, which does have labels) is unlabelled and unexplained. It’s visually incredibly rich, and an amazing giant jungle-gym/playground for kids (the two times I’ve been there were during school breaks, and the place was absolutely awash in children). It also connects to a pretty splendid aquarium. And … and … and …
https://www.citymuseum.org/ Which barely does justice to it (it truly has to be experienced to be appreciated), but does have a video that sort of captures a sense of it (and includes a view of the pencil).

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: January 17, 2020, 2:51 am

@CantHarkMyCry—my son and his family live in St.Louis, and they love the City Museum. It’s the first place they take guests, and they go there five or six times a year. It’s my son’s favorite Daddy/Daughter Date locale.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: January 17, 2020, 1:40 pm

Given that Stonehenge was really just a bunch of drunken druids “dude, we could stack a bunch of stones on each other in a circle” prank after a particularly wild Beltane celebration, what do you suppose the aliens will conclude about these giant pencils when they rummage through the ruins of our civilization after Skoldilock’s predictions come true?

Comment from Jon
Time: January 17, 2020, 5:51 pm

Is it still a drunken prank if a bunch of other dudes do the same prank elsewhere? Woodhenge and all that.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: January 17, 2020, 6:36 pm

@Jon, yeah, it’s like Crop Circles!

These guys sat around afterwards killing themselves laughing at the articles in “Druid Today” and “Druid Times” describing how the new circles are used to chart the courses of the planets and seasons.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 17, 2020, 8:57 pm

What the old Teddy Roosevelt quote?

“Write colorfully and carry a big pencil”, wasn’t it?

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