Crayons are a staple of childhood, and now adult coloring books are incredibly popular. This weekend I visited the Crayola Store in Kansas City with my tween, and they had a lot of fun facts about crayons. Check and expand your view of color.
– Crayons have a unique scent, and it’s pretty recognizable. On a list of the 20 most recognizable scents, crayons placed 18th. (Coffee and peanut butter were #1 and #2, respectively.)
– Crayola introduced 8 bright new colors in 1990, including cerulean, royal blue, fushcia, jungle green, vivid tangerine, wild strawberry, dandelion, and teal blue. Eight other colors were retired: maize, raw umber, lemon yellow, blue gray, orange yellow, orange red, green blue and violet blue – are retired into the Crayola Hall of Fame in Easton, Pennsylvania.
– In 1962, Crayola changed the name “Flesh” to “Peach” to recognize that there are many different flesh tones.
– “Indian red” was retired in 1999 and reintroduced as “Chestnut.”
– Crayons are popular worldwide. Crayola sells products in 80 countries, including Iceland and Belize. Crayon labels are printed in 11 different languages.
Favorite Crayon Colors of Famous People
– Mr. Rogers’ favorite color was Lemon Yellow. He explained that it was his favorite because he could see it easily. He was partially colorblind.
– Charles Schultz’s favorite color was Copper. He said that it reminded him of new pennies and the jacks he used to play with as a child.
– Whoopi Goldberg’s favorite color is Magenta. “It bellows to be noticed, and if you’re shy like I was you need something in your corner. What better way to face the world than armed with Magenta.”
– Former President George W. Bush’s favorite color is Blue Bell.
Sources: Signs posted around the Crayola Store; Crayola.com
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