Today's anniversary of the pencil eraser


25 Responses to “Today's anniversary of the pencil eraser”

  1. Takuan says:

    not a type of graduated weasel?

  2. thelibrarianne says:

    Well, now I have a name for my future child. And a name of someone to look up to, at that. Anyone know a single Lipman?

  3. Xopher says:

    Regulations forbidding the keeping of weasels as pets?

  4. thehoundoflove says:

    I’m going to a Dr. Lipman tomorrow to take a look at my busted ear drum. I’ll ask him if he has any relation to Hymen.

  5. jrishel says:

    @thelibrarianne: A Single Lipman? sorry, Lipman’s only come in pairs.


    I realize this isn’t actually funny if you think about it for more than a half a second.

  6. katkins says:

    My guess is it’s difficult to find a single Hymen Lipman.

  7. Phikus says:

    1) Mr. Hymen Lipman was the first to think of sticking a rubber on the end of a stick and he was surprised he got fucked by the patent orifice? Different times indeed.

    2) Didn’t he used to pal around with IP Freely and Heywood Jablowbe?

    3) With a name like that I wouldn’t be too surprised to find out he remained single, actually. After all, who would voluntarily become Mrs. Hymen Lipman?

    4) We used to have pencils and erasers as separate things, and we liked it that way! What’s the world coming to..? (*wanders off muttering*)

  8. Phikus says:

    5) He also invented the clit board.

    6) His patents would have been accepted, but he was too much of a… well, you know.

    7) Later he ended up working in the cervix industry.

    8) This is true proof that the Noodley One has a sense of humor: Here in Austin there is a urologist (surgeon who performs vasectomies) named Dr. Dick Chop. We also have a female Ob/Gyn by the name of Dr. Cherry. Again, I am not making this up.

  9. Takuan says:

    @12 and in your line of work you charge service rates that make people swear. (I REFUSE TO APOLOGIZE!)

  10. arkizzle says:


  11. cinemajay says:

    @9, don’t discredit yourself, I LOL’d.

    BTW, it seems to me the patent office could still reverse this mistake, if only there were some sort of invention that rub out this injustice….

  12. aquathink says:

    so the title of this should be today is the anniversary of the pencil eraser. not like its today’s anniversary (implying possession of the anniversary)*

    Also, really? do we care anything about this besides his name?

    * (yes I am a certified officer of the grammar police)

  13. Xopher says:

    But not, apparently, the capitalization or punctuation police…also: “Today’s” can be possessive or a contraction of ‘Today is’ (and leaving out the ‘the’ isn’t unusual in headline writing).

    In addition, it’s a fairly standard format for a title to be a noun phrase (sometimes it’s a sentence, but then a sentence can be used as a noun phrase, so there you have it). It’s only slightly unusual for it to be possessive. Other titles that are possessive phrases include “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

  14. palindrome says:

    Well, I guess my pencil chainsaw doesn’t have much of a chance then. Better call my inventor patent guy.

    Also, Hymen Lipman?

  15. Phikus says:

    9) And he was all set with a marketing slogan: “Nobody gets the lead out like ‘ol Hymen.”

    10) He had 3 brothers: Harry (who went by the nickname Fat), Chappy, and Dontgimmeno.

  16. Paul Coleman says:

    And if patent law was treated in the same way today, we’d have far fewer patent trolls…

  17. Frank W says:

    The inventor of the eraser at the other end of the pencil was called Hymen Lipman and you can’t wait till Wednesday, April 1st?

  18. Teller says:

    B st wi hes to y u.

  19. erissian says:

    Hymen Lipman? Now I’m picturing a Victorian schoolboy being pelted with dodgeballs.

  20. djfiander says:

    While I can understand that a pencil with an eraser on it is just a pencil with an eraser on it, it seems to me that he deserved a design patent at least. After all, nobody had done it before.

  21. buddy66 says:

    And a steamboat is just a steam engine and a hull. Sorry, Mr. Watt — no patent.

  22. thelibrarianne says:

    @jrishel: I laughed for at least 5 seconds. Kudos.

    @phikus: Good God man(woman?), you are a machine!

  23. drivers99 says:

    Surely the patent wasn’t just for the idea of putting an eraser on a pencil, but for the ferrule and the way that it did the attaching. Also, I am glad I finally get a chance to use ferrule in a sentence.

  24. Xopher says:

    I just say “Know ferrules and follow then!”

    (It isn’t? Drat.)

    I know! Ferrules are those things kinda like a weasel that some people keep as…

    (No? Rats.)

    Ferrules are the laws of magnetism that govern…

    (What? You’re kidding. OK, I give up.)

  25. TroofSeeker says:

    you can get a design patent on virtually anything that doesn’t violate some else’s design patent, if it hasn’t been thrust into the public domain (like I did with my OctoWeenie Slicer).

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