Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In the Color

Don't laugh. You remember what it felt like to open a new box of Crayola crayons. IT RULED! As a wee lass, I LIVED for it. Whether it was a box of 8, 16 or 64, those little waxy color sticks were like friends. The red crayon was my favorite. In 1985, I was a red crayon for Halloween, while my sister was a yellow crayon.

C'mon, everyone loves the Sesame Street clip on how to make crayons.

Anyhow, did you know that the first box of Crayola crayons was sold in 1903 for five cents? It included the same colors made famous in the eight-count box: red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black and brown.

Did you know that more than 100 billion Crayola crayons have been made in the last 98 years? Wowsa!

Also, I bet you didn't know that school teacher Alice Stead Binney, the wife of one of Crayola's founders, Edwin Binney, created the Crayola name. She took the words "craie," which is French for chalk, and "oléagineux" for oily, because crayons are made from petroleum-based paraffin wax, combining them for "Crayola" as we know it.

ColourLovers says: "Crayola crayons currently come in 120 colors including 23 reds, 20 greens, 19 blues, 16 purples, 14 oranges, 11 browns, 8 yellows, 2 grays, 2 coppers, 2 blacks, 1 white, 1 gold and 1 silver. Although Crayola crayons come in 120 different colors, the labels are only made in 18, which cover the full color spectrum. Nearly 3 billion crayons are made each year, an average of 12 million daily."

Thanks to Neatorama, too!

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