[time-nuts] Remove Pictic boards from envelopes

Alan Melia alan.melia at btinternet.com
Tue Aug 10 23:12:47 UTC 2010

Hi Jim ...being "ironic"...see the "smiley"
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> Alan Melia wrote:
> > Pencil?? only us oldies know what that is....... it is surprising the
> > pencil hasn't been banned under RoHS :-))
> > Alan G3NYK
> >
> >
> I don't know that "lead" (as in the element) has ever been used in
> pencils.. I read a fascinating book on the history of the pencil a few
> years back.. it described how graphite (the mines of Cumberland were
> famous for graphite with good writing/drawing properties) was called
> plumbago (lead ore) because chemical analysis didn't really exist and
> the dense black substance seemed to resemble lead.
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