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Bic pens - what type of plastic?

  1. Nov 4, 2014 #1

    DaveC426913

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    When I was a young lad, schools provided Bic pens to write with. They are not the usual pens you are used to, these pens were solid dark-blue, round in cross-section (not polygonal), and both the pen and the cap tapered gently. When capped, the cap almost divided the pen in half (i.e the cap was about 3" long). Also, the gripping handle was bumply, like a cobblestone road, writ teeny.

    I have been unable to find a pic of these pens online, so here is a sketch:

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    Anyway, the thing about them is that, when you chewed on them (and you did chew on them), they would make your lips and tongue go numb and swell like you had a fat lip. It was a pretty dramatic effect for something that was supposedly safe for youngsters. They also tasted awful - bitter.

    What kind of plastic might that have been to make your lips and tongue go numb? It didn't take much. Even if you didn't chew them, and just stuck them in your mouth, wherever they touched you'd get numbness, a bitter taste and swelling (obviously, it was stimulating the erectile tissue of which your lips are comprised).

    I'm thinkin' some kind of PVC?
     
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  3. Nov 4, 2014 #2

    phinds

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    Uh huh. This explains a lot about your mental health. :p
     
  4. Nov 4, 2014 #3

    SteamKing

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    I'm not sure about other people, but when I get excited, my lips don't become erect. ;)
     
  5. Nov 4, 2014 #4

    phinds

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    Yes, but Dave is different than the rest of us. :)
     
  6. Nov 4, 2014 #5

    Evo

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    Ewwww, I never chewed on any writing instrument. Do you suffer from pica?
     
  7. Nov 4, 2014 #6

    RonL

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    I have never heard of pica, I goggled, now I have to ask if earthworms fall into the pica category:eek: ?o_O

    Another google, .07cal/worm, guess I have an answer:cool: an event of my early, early childhood:(
     
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  8. Nov 4, 2014 #7

    phinds

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    Gee Evo, I thought you were casting Dave as a font type size :D I was going to suggest that he's about an 8.
     
  9. Nov 4, 2014 #8

    Evo

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    LOL!
     
  10. Nov 4, 2014 #9

    DaveC426913

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    Hey, I'm a sans serif man. That's just the way I roll.
     
  11. Nov 5, 2014 #10

    DrClaude

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    I too remember chewing on those, but not to the point of feeling any adverse effect, except fot the bitter taste.
     
  12. Nov 5, 2014 #11

    Borek

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    Chewing pens knows no borders.
     
  13. Nov 5, 2014 #12

    DrClaude

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    Dave and I are both Canadian, so we were chewing the same pens!
     
  14. Nov 5, 2014 #13

    Borek

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    Who said you were the only ones chewing? Our pens were different in color and shape, but chewed to the death as well.
     
  15. Nov 5, 2014 #14

    phinds

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    I was a pencil chewer myself. We were too poor to have pens. And I had to walk to school 5 miles each way. Barefoot. In the snow. Carrying my sister on my back. And it was uphill. In both directions..
     
  16. Nov 5, 2014 #15

    DaveC426913

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    ?:)
     
  17. Nov 5, 2014 #16

    DaveC426913

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    So, nobody remembers these pens??
     
  18. Nov 5, 2014 #17

    DrClaude

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    I meant the same kind of pen :rolleyes:
     
  19. Nov 5, 2014 #18

    phinds

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    Well, come on, I mean who lives in Canda for goodness sake :p
     
  20. Nov 5, 2014 #19

    RonL

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    I certainly do and If I look around my house and shop, I would almost bet I can find one:)

    PS. It will most likely have teeth marks:eek:

    Double PS. Went to the shop, through the rain, looked on the first floor level and got a little depressed when I realized that I might not have anything that "modern and up to date":eek: found a BIC pen still in cardboard packing priced at 25 cents, some lighters from the 50's (I think) but I have never been a smoker, pretty sure the pen is out there just might need a planned expedition:rolleyes:
     
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  21. Nov 5, 2014 #20

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    Erectile Dysfunction ??:eek:
     
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