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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Hymen Lipman created the modern pencil by attaching an eraser at the end of it

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Hymen Lipman might have had an unfortunate name, but this man unleashed great creativity back in 1858 with his U.S. Patent 19,783. It was a patent registering the very first pencil with an attached eraser. Before then, pencils only came without erasers, but this man’s genius idea sparked a business idea that soon most pencil manufacturers were employing.

But enough about Mr. Lipman. His pencil eraser might have changed the way we look at everyday drawing tools, but over 150 years has gone by since his invention. Still, some people love this invention so much they’ve been able to create massive sculptures in Lipman’s honor.

Like the world’s largest pencil-with a giant eraser on top-measuring 76-feet and weighing almost 10,000 kilograms! The core is made up of 1,800 kilos of graphite and was created by Ashrita Furman, a 53-year-old health food store manager from New York, for his meditation teacher.