Another mystery solved

I remember asking this myself when I was a kid and crayons were an essential part of my existence: “Why do they have both ‘green-yellow’ and ‘yellow-green,’ anyway?” I mean, yeah, they looked a little different, but not that different.

To my delight, the extent of the difference has now been quantified, at least so far as the current 24-count box of Crayolas is concerned. I am not in a position to testify as to how they looked in the late 1950s.

(Via this Syaffolee tweet.)


  1. LeeAnn »

    21 September 2011 · 8:19 pm

    Sort of related, but I love the smell of crayons. So much so that I’ve tracked down a perfume that smells like them. Yes. But I’ve never eaten them. Not since I was 4.

  2. Luther »

    21 September 2011 · 9:13 pm

    No one said there would be math!

    Yes, I do remember from the early fifties, the intensity of the smell mere seconds after laying a crayon on the hot steam radiator. As I suspect my second grade teacher would if the poor dear is still alive.

  3. canadienne »

    22 September 2011 · 10:41 am

    Love that link (and printed the poster) Thanks!

  4. Lynn »

    23 September 2011 · 1:06 pm

    Of course there’s a difference between yellow-green and green-yellow. It was always obvious to me.

    I like the smell of crayons too.

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