THERE WERE few things more frustrating than breaking a pencil at school.
But for Idaho man David Rush, there are few sounds sweeter than the small-scale crescendo of wood and carbon snapping.
Rush earned a special place in the Guinness World Record books after snapping a whopping 98 pencils in the space of just 60 seconds.
Now our maths may be a little shaky, but that’s more than one-and-a-half pencils a second.
Rush is something of a pro when it comes to setting Guinness World Records.
To date he has set more than 100, with this latest effort coming during a school conference held in his home city of Idaho.
Rush broke the record as part of an appearance that included a speech detailing the importance of training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Incredibly, he’s not the first man to attempt the record, with the previous best being a whopping 90 pencils in a minute.
He comfortably beat that total though, with Guinness World Records on hand to ensure his efforts were captured on camera for posterity.
No other pencils were harmed in attempting this record either, with Rush practising using bamboo chopsticks.
Don’t try this at home, kids.