Does this have anything to do with the tradition of tax deadline day?
I recently read that today is the day we celebrate the rubber eraser that appears on the top of the number 2 pencil. And larger rubber erasers too, I presume?
Here are a few fun facts about this day much appreciated by writers before the era of word processing technology.
- On April 15, 1770, Joseph Priestly used pieces of vegetable gum imported from Brazil to remove pencil marks. He dubbed the substance “rubber”.
Cool – I didn’t know that’s how rubber got its name – but it makes sense.
- In 1770 Edward Nairne developed the first marketable rubber eraser.
- In 1858 – Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil with an eraser at the end.
There’s a day for everything – some for reasons quite puzzling. But the eraser has received accolades from every writer from first grade student to Pulitzer Prize winner – because we all make mistakes – but each of us deserves a second chance!