It’s the 1960s. The US is sending up the first astronauts to orbit the earth and conduct research. However, they quickly discover that their pens would not write in the zero gravity environment of orbit. So, NASA puts together a huge R&D section, spends tens of thousands of dollars, and comes up with a pen with a pressurized ink cartridge. Writes upside down, in 0-G, whatever.
Russian cosmonauts encounter the same problem and are given 5 cent pencils.
Utilitarianism at its best!
This is Nat. He’s my fav.