Most of us take them for granted, but BIC makes millions of them every single day. If you haven't guessed, we're talking about the humble ballpoint pen. What do you really know about this instrument, besides the fact that it writes under your command? Test your penmanship and find out.
Question 1 of 20
What usually happens when you try to write with a fountain pen on an airplane?
Question 2 of 20
What's the most common problem with capillary action pens?
Question 3 of 20
What's the secret of a ballpoint pen giving good writing quality?
Question 4 of 20
How many different metals are used to manufacture the balls for ballpoint pens?
Question 5 of 20
Where did the inventor of the first ballpoint pen get the idea to use fast drying ink in his pens?
Question 6 of 20
In what year did Laszlo Biro and his brother Georg take out a patent for a new ballpoint pen?
Question 7 of 20
What event really brought Biro pens into the limelight as a better alternative to existing pens?
Question 8 of 20
Who introduced the first commercially produced ballpoint pen to America?
Question 9 of 20
How many pens did Reynolds sell when his ballpoint was first introduced?
Question 10 of 20
What was the going price for the original Reynolds ballpoint pens?
Question 11 of 20
In what year did Frenchman Marcel Bich first introduce an inexpensive ballpoint pen to Europe?
Question 12 of 20
In what year did BIC introduce its pens to America?
Question 13 of 20
What was the price of a BIC pen in 1949?
Question 14 of 20
What's behind the technology that allows ink in a ballpoint to pass the ball and onto paper?
Question 15 of 20
What other job does the ball have to perform in a modern ballpoint pen?
Question 16 of 20
How is the size of a ballpoint's ink line determined?
Question 17 of 20
According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, when was the first use of ink in writing?
Question 18 of 20
What is the basis of modern blue and black inks that we use today?
Question 19 of 20
How many things do modern quick-drying inks contain?
Question 20 of 20