I kid you not, I just got asked by a TSA agent: "What's this?" as she removed a mechanical pencil from my carry-on bag.
"It's a pencil", I said.
She then says, "What's it for?"
I was stunned for a moment before I answered, "It's for pencily things".
Yes, I feel safe flying today. Oh wait, we are under threat level orange and the pencil IS orange.
To be fair, it is a fancy new Zebra mechanical pencil that looks just like a #2 wood pencil, but what did she think it was for?