So, the obvious question is, why pencils? What is it about pencils that merit this sort of attention, this level of devotion? Johnny Gamber, the site's creator and leader, answered that for me over email. What draws him to pencils are "their relative simplicity." But, at that same time, that simplicity obscures an object that, as Gamber sees it, is "amazing," if you just look closely enough. "While mostly made of wood, graphite and clay, they are wonders of engineering," he writes. "Even terrible pencils are made with astounding precision.
One year ago today
That time a German prince built an artificial volcano: When a 18th century German prince visited Mt. Vesuvius in Naples, he insisted on building a replica of it on his estate back home.
Five years ago today
Who scrubbed Wikipedia's entry for Sarah Palin just before nom announcement? Some suspicious whitewashing went down in Sarah Palin's Wikipedia entry just before she was revealed as the GOP's candidate for vice-president.
Ten years ago today
Suburbia makes you fat: Suburbs built without sidewalks are strongly correlated with net weight gain for residents of those regions.
This performance from the Five Pennies may be one of the greatest ever recorded. The fun that these two incredible talents are having is without compare.
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Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.
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