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    The Pencil Behind Richard's Ear Should Be Your Favourite Contestant On "The Great British Bake Off"

    Important: This article notes every time he's worn his pencil in this series so far.

    Now that Norman is no longer on Bake Off, who should you root for to win this series?

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    Great British Bake Off / Love Productions / bbc.co.uk / Love Productions / The Great British Bake Off

    It still hurts Norman, it still hurts.

    Should you back Martha? Or Kate? Or Nancy?

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    Good luck to them all...but nah.

    Nope. You SHOULD be supporting this pencil.

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    You're probably wondering why. Well, here's an explanation.

    Richard always has this pencil behind his ear. It debuted halfway through the first episode.

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    Specifically, the pencil first made an appearance in the tent 34 minutes and 35 seconds into the first episode. And it was immediately welcome.

    This is every day Richard has worn the pencil so far.

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    TL;DR: He likes blue pencils.

    Why does he wear it? He's a B-U-I-L-D-E-R.

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    All builders need pencils.

    Controversial: The pencil he is wearing in the GIF above is green.

    Some people do not see the point of a pencil.

    why do you need a pencil when baking? #GBBO

    Erastes@Erastes

    why do you need a pencil when baking? #GBBO

    8:10 PM - 03 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Why the hell had Richard always got that bleeding pencil behind his ear all the fricking time?????? #gbbo

    stuntmanmikeismyhero@Khan1977Habib

    Why the hell had Richard always got that bleeding pencil behind his ear all the fricking time?????? #gbbo

    9:17 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    BUT THE PENCIL HAS A PURPOSE. Remember the pie challenge? He was wearing it that day.

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    Nancy was having difficulty tracing paper with her existing terrible pencil while making her pie.

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    Terrible pencil.

    So then this happened.

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    So inspiring. *rings Oprah*

    Think what would have happened without the pencil.

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    Probably this all over again.

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    Oh tits.

    Also, when Richard isn't wearing his pencil, for some reason you don't actually recognise Richard.

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    Just no.

    BREAKING: He wears the pencil at home.

    .@RichardPBurr sleeps with the pencil behind his ear sometimes #gbbo #magicpencil ✏️

    Sarah Burr@SarahEHBurr

    .@RichardPBurr sleeps with the pencil behind his ear sometimes #gbbo #magicpencil ✏️

    10:32 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    He also owns many many pencils.

    And here is a photo of Richard at a pencil museum, which was taken by his wife ten years ago.

    CASE CLOSED.

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