I arrived at work the other morning to find a mysterious item on my keyboard. It was unavoidably placed as if someone could not let me begin my day without seeing it. But why?
What could the message be? What is the significance of an empty box previously resplendent with the "Dixon Ticonderoga World's BEST PENCIL", now with Microban?
My first guess was the illustrious Mr Keller. He likes to leave cryptic calling cards and I enjoy the challenge of figuring out the intended purpose. Like Dan Brown, I believe there is symbolic meaning in the most mundane of things.
Fast forward to the end of the day. I have queried everyone that has strolled past my desk as to the origins of the World's BEST PENCIL box. Each individual claims ignorance... until I spy the aforementioned managing partner of Capsule. Aha. The veil of mystery is thrown back.
This cultural relic is in fact what some Minnesotan (and presumably beyond) schools are now requesting their students purchase. Kids no longer get a choose your own adventure list of supplies but now have to find specific brands.
So why the exotic Ticonderoga? Are today's kids really that filthy that they need Microban in everything their stinking little fingers touch? Perhaps it's because, as a tiny logo on the back reveals, this prime specimen has been approved by the Pencil Makers Association. WHO KNEW?