Odd Holiday: National Crayon Day


On March 31, people across the country celebrate National Crayon Day. Crayons often bring people to reminiscent on childhood memories. When thinking of crayons, one often remembers their distinct aroma or the feel of them in their hand.

According to nationaltoday.com, crayons have existed for centuries as those before the modernized version created art with colored wax molds. However, the “modern-day” crayon did not come into play until in the early 1900s. “Crayola crayons were introduced in 1903 by Binney & Smith as a safer and cheaper alternative to the art utensils in use at that time. Binney and Smith premiered their famous eight-pack of crayons with the color line-up: Black, Brown, Orange, Violet, Blue, Green, Red and Yellow. This color mix, along with their names, remained unchanged for 45 years,” said nationaltoday.com

Over the years Crayola has developed many different colors and different styles of crayons including glitter, metallic and neon varieties. Crayola was even inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in November of 1999. “It is estimated the average American will have used 730 crayons by their tenth birthday,” as stated by nationaltoday.com

Nationaltoday.com also provided some fun facts titled “By the Numbers” about National Crayon Day which are listed below:

100 – the number of colors Crayola crayons are available in

50 – the number of crayon colors retired by Crayola

Three billion – the number of crayons produced by Crayola in a year

18 – the ranking in terms of how familiar the crayon scent is to adults

1962 – the year when Crayola changed the name of their crayon “Flesh” to “Peach”

15 – the length, in feet, of the world’s biggest crayon

223 billion – the number of Crayola crayons produced to date

In addition to these fun facts, it was reported that the first box of eight Crayola crayons were sold for just five cents. Speaking of cents, well scent rather, the smell of crayons is said to be the 18th most recognizable smell out of 80 items. The scent actually comes from a derivative of beef fat, which also provides the waxy feel of a crayon. Apparently, the used stubs of crayons are called “leftolas.”

Daysoftheyear.com said that some of the most interesting names of Crayola crayons have been:

• Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown

• Robin’s Egg Blue

• Tropical Rain Forest (blue green)

• Macaroni and Cheese (yellow orange)

• Razzle Dazzle Rose

• Purple Mountains Majesty

• Tickle Me Pink

• Granny Smith Apple (medium green)

Coloring is fun for everyone. Adults often participate in crafts using crayons and use adult coloring books, which started around 2015. Coloring is often used as a relaxing activity, which is why adults picked up on the trend. Crayons also bring out people’s creative abilities.

Crayons have also frequently been used in analogies for life. “We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box,” said New York Times Best Seller Robert Fulghum.

“Life is like a box of crayons. Most people are the eight-color boxes, but what you’re really looking for are the 64-color boxes with the sharpeners on the back. I fancy myself to be a 64-color box, though I’ve got a few missing,” said recording artist John Mayer.

Crayola is currently offering a free box of 32 crayons with colors of your choosing. The giveaway runs through Tuesday, May 31 and is only available at Crayola Experience locations.

While there is not a location in West Virginia, there is a Crayola Experience located in Easton, Pa. Visit www.crayolaexperience.com/giveaway for official giveaway rules and to register.

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