The No. 2 Pencil Like You've Never Seen it Before [VIDEO]

Stephanie Haberman

No man is an island and neither, apparently, is a pencil.

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The intricate web of connections behind an object seemingly as simple as the ubiquitous No. 2 pencil is chronicled in "I, Pencil: The Movie."

The video is adapted from a 1958 essay of the same title, which used the humble writing instrument to illuminate the glory of the free market system. While Adam Smith's invisible hand still gets a lot of praise, the stunning motion graphics make the clip worth watching.

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You may never see math homework or an SAT test the same way again.

What other "modern marvels" do you use every day? Let us know in the comments section below.

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