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So, today is National Pencil Day. But when we ask the supreme Google machine about National Pencil Day, there’s… um… not a whole lot of info forthcoming. We gather that on March 30, 1858, a dude who was a stationer (according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary: a business or a person that sells stationery), Hymen Lipman, was awarded a patent for a pencil with an eraser attached. Woo-hoo! Unfortunately for Mr. Lipman, they both had already existed. Bummer. So, let’s distract ourselves from this downer with a bit of pencil bling. Here are 12 cool and colorful pens and pencils, so awesome that you will immediately get over today’s bad news about Hyman Lipman and not carelessly lose even one of your pens or pencils. Ever. You see, the pen(cil) is mightier than the sword, or so they say. But even swords need a place to rest. And where do you keep yours? Pencils, I mean, not swords. Here are 15 very unique and different in every way pencil holders — so that you always know where your pencils are.

Over at Trendenser, they are taking plain old soup cans and decorating them with washi tape to make modern pencil cups in what looks like the new Pantone colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Insider tip: Don’t obsess about covering up the whole can; leave the top half clean metal, for an industrial look.

Getting back to Pencil Day: Was it a legitimate invention, if it already existed? And who the heck created a “day” for it? Even the site Pencils.com has little to say on the subject. They quote a Roanoke Times article that comes up 404 (not found) when you click it. What the … what?

Should National Pencil Day even be a “day”? Tweet us your thoughts at @BritandCo.

(Photo via Trendenser)