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Crayola Chromonology

January 19, 2010
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Weather Sealed (our favorite street steepness scientist) allows us to continue this week’s retinal assault with a timeline of Crayola’s colors.

(Bonus points if you can match the colors used in the 1970 BART expansion plan map.)

Interesting how some colors were discontinued — green-blue, blue-grey. Those seem fundamental — Crayola insults color history! (Kidding.)

WS’s friend Velo seems to have discovered a color power law:

Ever industrious, Velo also calculated the average growth rate: 2.56% annually.  For maximum understandability, he reformulated it as “Crayola’s Law,” which states:

The number of colors doubles every 28 years!

If the Law holds true, Crayola’s gonna need a bigger box, because by the year 2050, there’ll be 330 different crayons!

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