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Dandelion Crayon Color Put Out to Pasture

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April 1, 2017

The dandelion crayon will soon be a thing of the past.

Crayola, makers of the iconic crayons of many colors, says it will remove dandelion from its 24-count box. Dandelion has been a crayon color since 1990, when it and seven other colors replaced eight colors that were retired by Crayola. The company did a similar swap in 2003, retiring four colors and introducing four new ones.

The company said that it would announce a replacement color in May. No further details were available, other than that the new color would be, the company said, something blue. The company said that a public vote would then help the company determine the new color's name.

Crayons first appeared in 1903; no firm number of original colors exists. Boxes of crayons number from 24 to 120.

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