More than twice as many

If you have reached a Certain Age, you probably remember your crummy little box of eight Crayola crayons, and you took pain to point out to the parental units that a box of sixty-four could be had, with an actual sharpener built into the box. Truly, you knew, this was the Cadillac of crayons.

And so it remained, until such time as it didn’t:

Crayola box of 152

So much for the box of 64. This humongous container is bound to meet every conceivable crayon need and satisfy any possible combination of kids.

Until they see this:

Crayola box of 200

Perhaps you shouldn’t let them see that.


  1. fillyjonk »

    12 December 2017 · 6:10 pm

    the school I attended as a sprog, for a few years, put an upper limit on how big of a box we were permitted to have. I presume it was some kind of “we don’t want the kids whose parents have more money/care more about them to lord it over the other kids” sort of thing.

    But yeah. Seven year old me would have wanted 200 crayons, even if (I suspect) some of them are duplicates.

  2. McGehee »

    12 December 2017 · 6:19 pm

    If I had somehow, in the age of 64, managed to bring a box of 200 to school, they would have disappeared by ones and twos over the space of a few weeks until I was left with pink, white, and a few broken tertiary greens and oranges.

    Where they disappeared to, it would have done me no good to speculate, because even the kids with boxes of 8 or 16 had empty spaces in their collections, let alone the scattered few who’d once had 64.

  3. CGHill »

    12 December 2017 · 6:48 pm

    And then there are the almost-dupes; I never could quite figure out why we needed both yellow-orange and orange-yellow.

  4. CGHill »

    12 December 2017 · 6:54 pm

    I am informed that there is a “Classpack” size with 832 crayons, though all the colors are duplicated several times.

  5. CSpiher »

    12 December 2017 · 9:07 pm

    No box of any number will ‘outcrayon’ the “Crayola┬« Experience”, in Easton, PA, home to the world’s largest.
    (safe to open, not spam, not vulgar)

    However, visiting the M&M manufacturing was much tastier, as all crayons, regardless of color, taste the same.

  6. CGHill »

    12 December 2017 · 9:10 pm

    I’ll take your word for all of that. :)

  7. Roger O Green »

    13 December 2017 · 8:43 am

    Of course, they’ve changed the name of these things several times, most notably, flesh.

  8. CGHill »

    13 December 2017 · 4:01 pm

    Considering “flesh” was probably the least accurately named of the lot.

  9. Holly H »

    14 December 2017 · 8:28 am

    Ouch- forgot all about the ‘flesh’ thing. Embarrassing.

  10. ETat »

    17 December 2017 · 2:19 pm

    What’s so embarrassing about the color of your skin, Holly? [assuming that’s what the marketers meant by “flesh”].
    Remember, White is Beautiful.

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