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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Crayon

In 1903 a wax crayon was developed in Europe and was first used to mark crates and boxes. Later called Crayola, it made its way in several colors to the USA. where the boxes of eight retailed for five cents on October 23, 1903.

The eight colors in the first box of Crayola Crayons were the same found in an 8-pack today: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, brown, violet (purple) and black.

Crayola means “oily chalk.” The name combines “craie” (French for “chalk”) and “ola” (short for “oleaginous,” or “oily”).

Crayola's dazzling 64-crayon box was introduced in 1958.

The distinctive smell of Crayola crayons comes from beef fat, which is used to make the crayons waxy.

2009) 64-crayon pack sporting built-in sharpener. CC BY 3.0, $2

The color ‘Peach’ was known as ‘Flesh’ at Crayola until 1962. The change of name was an acknowledgment that flesh comes in many different colors.

The "Techno Brite" crayon collection, by Crayola, had colors like "web surfin' blue" and "www.purple."

In a 2000 survey done by Crayola that over 25,000 people voted in, the world’s favorite Crayola crayon color was blue.

A Yale study found that Crayola crayons are the third most recognizable scent, behind coffee and peanut butter.

A crayon molder named Emerson Moser worked at Crayola for 45 years and on his last day he revealed that he was color blind.

Crayons can be used as candles in case of an emergency. Each crayon can burn up to 30 minutes. 

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