Thursday, May 11, 2017

Eat your pencil?

Lots of people have become serendipitous inventors, and if and when their brainwaves have found big markets, they have sometimes become suddenly and enormously rich. I refuse to believe that all of them deserve particular admiration for being talented - think of the inventors of chewing gum and cellotape and hair dye. 

Not everyone has the inclination for it, either. I have had brainwaves over and over again, but never bothered to run to the Patent Office. Here's one such for public consumption. Watching my pupils chewing or sucking away at their pencils and pens, it has struck me that someone could make a killing by manufacturing edible writing instruments. They could come in a variety of flavours, too. I have seen pencils with scented erasers stuck to their behinds, I have seen pen-pencil combos, but I haven't seen ones that can be eaten. Has any reader come across such things? If not, and if someone does manage to make a big hit by launching such a line, s/he might remember that it was my idea, and at least acknowledge the debt. I wouldn't mind if I got paid, either :)

4 comments:

Saikat Chakraborty said...

Dear Sir,

Excellent idea...I did never chew pencils or erasers but I know countless students who do and I am sure someone will mint money out of this.

On the other hand, I have heard of edible cutlery (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1240116767/edible-cutlery-the-future-of-eco-friendly-utensils) and they claim that the goal is to reduce environmental footprints.

With regards,
Saikat.

Atmadeep Sen said...

DEAR SIR,
ITS IS A WONDERFUL IDEA..... I AM THIMKING OF A FORMULA TO INVENT IT!!!!
WITH REGARDS
ATMADEEP SEN(BATCH 1,CLASS-IX ,2017-2018)

Suvro Chatterjee said...

Well, yes, Saikat, I have heard of edible cutlery too, but I don't think they have caught on as yet.

Atmadeep, thank you, and good luck. I am glad to see you are reading my blog. Try some of the other posts, too. And while commenting in future, do not write all in capitals ... that's the Net equivalent of shouting! :)

emajination said...

Well, the Chinese seem to be always one step ahead.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/36Colors-colored-pencil-Non-toxic-wax-Crayon-edible-kids-drawing-Supplies-eraseable-Crayon-art-supplies-school/32669290960.html?spm=2114.40010608.4.2.Yttd8f