Crayons have become an indispensable, and surprisingly controversial, part of the childhood of nearly everyone reading this page.

Just The Facts

  1. Yale University rated the smell of fresh crayons as one of the 20 most recognizeable smells. It scored just one less than coffee.
  2. The source of the smell? Stearic Acid, or beef fat.
  3. Yes there are such things as vegan crayons. How does the smell of good intentions compare to the purity of childhood memory? We've been too busy attempting to deep-fry the rest of our art supplies to notice.
  4. In 1990, Crayola's senior crayon moulder Emerson Moser retired after 37 years and approximately 1.4 billion crayons. Shortly afterward he admitted he was colorblind the whole time. M Night Shyamalan was unavailable for comment.

Controversial Colors.

A lot of jokes have been made about the pink-toned crayon labeled "Flesh", but it was voluntarily renamed "Peach" back in 1962 partially in response to the Civil Rights Movement. However it's not the only controversial change in the pallete.

In fact, it's not even the first. The first change was renaming "Prussian Blue" to "Midnight Blue" in 1958 in response to the Red Scare.

Speaking of Red, "Indian Red" was renamed "Chestnut" in 1999.

In 1990, Crayola retired another eight of their least popular colors, including Lemon Yellow and Raw Umber, replacing them with flourescent colors. Strangely enough, even this move caused picketing and protest from a group called the Raw Umber And Maize Preservation Society. Seriously, they just can't win for losing.

Multicultural Crayons, Like That Idea Can't Fail.

In all fairness, Crayola has taken these controversies in stride (even including a framed copy of a Bloom County comic strip poking fun of their "racist" colors in their corporate office). In a recent bid for inclusiveness, they've released a special 8 color box of "Multicultural Crayons".

The box includes 6 various flesh tones, black (we assume for outlines), and white (for God knows what... I mean, has anyone ever used a white crayon for anything?)

And because this is the internet, the only reason most of us have even heard of these things was because of a already-tired-before-it-started image macro passed around Facebook about six months ago-


Seriously, they can't even get the joke right. Not even white people are actually "white".

Then again, if they had included "Peach" (the original racist crayon) in the right bracket, the whole thing would be almost meta.