Sunday, March 22, 2009

Just because it's funny

I don't know if this is true or not (about the Russians, I mean) but it does illustrate how we like to complicate things:

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 degrees Celsius. The Russians used a pencil.

Found here.


  1. Funny story, invented ca. 1997, with no basis in fact.

  2. Oh, okay. Thanks for the info, Tom. Not surprising that it's an urban legend type story. Still funny, though! :-)


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