I encountered the myth about the space pen and NASA spending million dollars on its research while the USSR just used pencils:


I wanted to check if it was true, so I checked it, and apparently that both Snopes and Scientific American addressed it and proved it false. This site however doesn't have a question on it.

Should I add a question with the answer for the sake of coverage of all the myths out there, or should I leave it alone, as the answer is available to anyone interested in other notable places?


Certainly yes! Add the question, and, if you will, the answer, supported by references.

Etiquette for answering your own question

Just post your answer immediately after you post the question. Like you say, phrase it as a request for comments to improve your solution. Your intentions are clear --- I wouldn't think you were trying to generate reputation. Besides, it's my prerogative to reward or punish your efforts. Alternatively, you could mark your answer as a community wiki if you are feeling charitable.

You can now do this automatically by ticking the “Answer your own question” checkbox when posting the question, provided you have more than 15 reputation.


  • I think you can actually answer as you post the question, although I have not tried it myself. Is this really the case?
    – AlanSE
    Nov 30 '12 at 21:43
  • Yes, there's a checkbox, as I mention above.
    – Sklivvz
    Dec 1 '12 at 3:45

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