While there were some great suggestions, which I will try and work into The Pointy Stick Compendium Project, the diversion to politics and foreign policy is way out of line. Let's try and stay ON TOPIC folks!
In an attempt to get this thread back on topic, here's one of my recent findings, prompted by a serious respondent to my plea for assistance.
One of the subcategories of Pointy Sticks is the version designed specifically for pressing into "tablets" made of a special mix of dirts and water. These Impressing Sticks and the impressions they left in ancient "tablets" served as the inspiration for The Impressionist Movement 7,000 +/- years later.
I'm also developing a hypothesis that the paintbrush evolved from the Gnawed Pointy Stick, Gnawing predating both the Rubbed and Whittled Pointy Stick manufacturing techniques. I'm still gathering the data to support my hypothesis and hope to publish sometime early next year. If you have any photographs or block prints of very early paintbrushes which might have started out as a Gnawed Pointy Stick, PLEASE e-mail me a copy, with any support documentation/provenance you may have to confirm the age of the artifact.
Please people - try and stay on topic.
charlie b Editor The Pointy Stick Compendium Project