No One Explained This: The Blue Part Of The Eraser Wasn't Meant To Remove Ink
July 18, 2019 17:04 By Fabiosa
Very few school kids have a pencil case with a full set of stationery, but everyone knows what a typical eraser looks like. It consists of hard and soft parts in different colors. And for some reason, we are used to thinking that the blue part, which rubs the paper harder, is meant for erasing pen marks.
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This myth has imprinted in our memory and no one ever explained to us why the eraser is designed to be this way, as the smaller harder part leaves a hole in your notebook page with just a couple of rubs. Then why do we need it at all?
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It turns out that it's not the developer's mistake and their initial idea was that the eraser was supposed to remove only pencil marks. The harder part was supposed to be used on heavy grades of paper such as grainy art paper, where pencil marks are difficult to remove. And here we were thinking that this is all a scam and stationery factories are trying to help kids find a way around schools' ban on erasing pen marks (for instance, your grade could be significantly lowered for messy writing).
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By the way, take note of another school-related life hack: how to cover up any words you wrote from keen eyes. Instead of trying to cross it out, just write another word or two over it – it will cover the initial word much more thoroughly.
And here's one more trick: what to do if your teacher is demanding you hide your headphones, but they always get tangled if you put them in the bag. Fold the headphones carefully and put a bread clip on them. Presto!
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What stationery life hacks have you been using since school years?