I first encountered an automatic pencil sharpener in my first grade classroom. At home, we had one that you cranked by hand. I was scared to use the one at school because it made so much noise, and I was sure that, if I were to use it, it would make some horrible noise, revealing to the class that I was in fact a hand cranker. So I wrote with dull pencils.

Photo by the 10 cent designer.

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