Geek Fact for October 30th

In 1888, John Loud was granted the first U.S. patent for a ballpoint pen.

His design consisted of a tiny rotating ball bearing that was constantly coated with ink by a reservoir above it. While this invention worked for rough surfaces, it was not well suited for paper due to leaks and smears.

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