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Just an Old жена's Tale
myth has been debunked. Back during the Cold War, Russian cosmonauts
were ridiculed for having to use pencils for writing in space because
special pressurized pens were needed to function in weightlessness.
Even Pedro Duque, a modern European Space Agency astronaut, admitted
he too believed it - until he ran an experiment himself during a visit
to the International Space Station. Said Pedro about his ordinary ballpoint
pen, "It doesn't stop working, and it doesn't spit, or anything." The
next thing you know, I'll be told that toilets don't really flush in
the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere!