Constant improvement is what we do. So how amazing is it that there exist a handful of objects that, though 100 years old or more, are still perfect?... READ ON
The familiar No. 2 pencil is a seemingly simple object, but it's actually an exceedingly complex thing to make. It involves parts from around the world, and precision machinery to combine the parts into a smooth writing instrument. To understand how pencils are made, check out this five-minute video shot inside a German pencil factory, showing all the mechanical steps (but leaving out the non-factory bits like harvesting the cedar, mining the clay and graphite, etc.):
My favorite part: "All the... READ ON
Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.