Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The 60-year tradition at Edgar Allan Poe's grave has sadly ended!

Mystery visitor fails to appear at Edgar Allan Poe's grave for first time in 60 years: "A mysterious visitor who left roses and cognac at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe each year on the writer's birthday failed to show early Tuesday, breaking with a ritual that began more than 60 years ago.... (click on the link to keep reading this fascinating story...)"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Laura Izibor - SHINE

Crayola Evolution: 1903-2010

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Crayola Timeline - Small

From a humble eight colors in 1903’s original Crayola box, an explosion of diversity has arisen in the Crayola ecosystem. Designer Stephen Von Worley has analyzed Wikipedia’s list of Crayola crayon colors and created an infographic (shown in miniature above) demonstrating the Crayola Explosion of the past 107 years. Von Worley even coined “Crayola’s Law,” stating: “The number of colors doubles every 28 years!”

There are currently 133 “standard” colors in the Crayola lexicon (although some have been fired), and a variety of bizarre “specialty” crayons with glitter, scents, stripes, and so on. With all this diversity, I’m not sure what my favorite color is. Oh, who am I kidding, it’s obviously Bittersweet Shimmer, one of many colors in the Metallic FX collection that sound like, let’s be frank, stage names for exotic dancers.

Further reading: 5 Times Crayola® Fired Their Crayons, Retro Video: How Crayons Are Made, and Wikipedia page on the term Crayon: “a stick of colored wax, charcoal, chalk, or other materials used for writing, coloring, and drawing.”

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