I hope you can't get leading poisoning from sharpening pencils. If so, I am in trouble. I think I sharpened every pencil twice this morning while proctoring during the second day of the state testing. I have heard our teachers complain about the poor quality of the pencils, but good grief! These were all Ticonderoga pencils which are supposed to be the BMW of pencils. To keep the distractions at a minimum, we used a little handheld sharpener to sharpen all the pencils so my fingers are covered with the lead from all those pencils.
My nose kept itching and after a few times rubbing it I started wondering if I had a lead moustache. I started getting tickled thinking about it, but knew I could laugh and/or look. It was tough trying not to think about that image, but since none of the kids were laughing at me I figured I was safe.
I have the weirdest sense of humor sometimes. O.K. Most of the times.