Here’s an interesting read (or listen if you’ve never heard 99 percent invisible before) from the fine folks at 99pi about pens.
Pens might not sound interesting but that’s kind of the point of the whole podcast. Talking about things that don’t sound interesting but are actually fascinating.
There’s an old urban legend about how during the space race, NASA spent millions figuring out how to make a pen that worked in space, and meanwhile in the Soviet Union, they just used pencils. A good story, except it isn’t actually true.
Read the full story or listen to the full ep here: