1. THAT DISTINCTIVE CRAYON SMELL? IT’S BEEF FAT.
2. THE FIRST BOXES WERE SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR.
3. EACH CRAYON USED TO BE HAND-ROLLED.
4. THE AMERICAN GOTHIC ARTIST ENTERED A CRAYOLA CONTEST.
5. ONE OF THEIR TOP EMPLOYEES WAS COLORBLIND.
6. THEY ONCE SMELLED GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT.
7. YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO USE THEM FOR MAKE-UP.
8. THEY SELL TOOTHPASTE, THOUGH.
9. THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO CREATE ART WITH THEM.
10. OPRAH GOT A CRAYON. (BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE THE CRAYON. ANDYOU CAN’T HAVE THE CRAYON …)
11. THEY ONCE HAD A BOOGER-SCENTED CRAYON.
12. LEFTOVER CRAYONS ARE CALLED “LEFTOLAS.”
13. “LEFTOLAS” WERE USED TO MAKE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST CRAYON.
During their 100 anniversary in 2003, Binney & Smith asked children around the country to send in their unwanted blue Leftolas. The mission: to create a crayon so big it would practically write its own press release. Crayola got the equivalent of 123,000 crayons, which they fused together to create Big Blue, a 1,500-pound monster that measured 15 feet long and was 16 inches in diameter. Crayola fanatics can visit the monstrosity at the Crayola Experience tour in Easton, Pennsylvania. Why blue? It happens to be Crayola’s most popular color. Eat it, Magenta!