The Simpsons is one of the reasons that I have always owned a television, even before streaming shows like Mad Men and Downton Abbey became the norm. Pencils appear very often on the long-running series, though they usually make a sound (when used) like a dry 1980s-era marker on balloon (SQUEAK!). On last night’s episode, the humble pencil was featured with more…realism: broken erasers (above), broken points,
…and even literature on pencils.
(Screenshots from The Simpsons, Copyright 20th Century Fox 2013, from Season 24, Episode 10: “A Test Before Trying”.)