For those of us with pencil lead buried under our skin

by Suw on August 3, 2004

Discovered today that my new boss, Livio, and I share something unusual – we both have chunks of pencil let under our skin. Mine is in the palm of my hand, Livio's is in the webbing inbetween his fingers.
But that's not the end of today's coincidence. Tonight I am staying in my friend Gerard's spare room, and as I was recounting the story of the strange coincidence he rolled up his sleeve and pointed out his little bit of pointy pencil lead.
How strange is that? I have spent my entire life being the only person that I know with a bit of pencil lead stuck under her skin, and in one day I meet two other people with the same thing!
Oh, btw, I dug the splinters out with a scalpel. No blood, no pain, not as bad as I had thought. Dramaqueen!

Anonymous August 4, 2004 at 1:18 am

You're definitely not alone. As a result of schoolboy foolishness, I have a small piece of pencil lead under the skin over my left kneecap.

Anonymous August 4, 2004 at 3:26 am

Hmm, yup, I have a pencil tip under the upper part of my palm, just before the fingers. It's been there since elementary school.. though I have no plans of digging it out 🙂
— l.m.orchard

Anonymous August 4, 2004 at 8:35 am

I have a biro embedded in my skull.

Anonymous August 4, 2004 at 6:47 pm

You people are weird couldn't you just chew your pencil like the rest of us 😉

Anonymous August 4, 2004 at 9:04 pm

I've had a few more emails and comments in IRC from others who are similarly enleadened – guess it's not so rare as I had thought. Definitely no plans to dig mine out though. No, il'l save that sort of surgery for splinters.

Anonymous August 10, 2004 at 2:05 pm

You all think it's pencil leads, when in fact there Alien Implants that provide them with your location and memories at all times.
True Story.
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Anonymous August 10, 2004 at 9:51 pm

Mine is in my left thigh just behind my knee. Been there since I dropped a newly sharpened pencil 38 years ago and closed my legs to catch it!

Anonymous August 10, 2004 at 10:00 pm

You have one too Euan? Cool!! 😀
See, all the best people do. 😉

Anonymous August 11, 2004 at 12:04 am

My mark is on the side of the knee, where sure enough I stabbed myself accidentally with a pencil when I was a child. Don't recall it bleeding, it just left this black mark under the skin that's still there.
I remember discussing this once with two other people and both had their own marks, one had hers just under her chin where she'd rested it (too hard) on the pencil tip. So this may be more common than we think. Same principle as a tattoo I guess though lots less painful.

Anonymous May 12, 2005 at 11:43 pm

ooh I have one too on my left knee 🙂 Just got in there today!

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