The ball point pen was invented in the 1950s. A Frenchman, Marcel Bich, helped perfect it. You know his contribution as the the Bic Pen. Unfortunately for Marcel, the French government believed the invention would undermine the moral fibre of French youth and banned it from schools for a decade and a half. It took an Act of Parliament to get the Bic into French schools.
Lest you think the French have a monopoly on such nonsense, consider that when tea was introduced to Britain centuries ago an esteemed British academic wrote treatises against its introduction that put REEFER MADNESS to shame, claiming it rendered users drug slaves unable to think for themselves and left to moral turpitude under its evil influence.