The New Crayon Color: It's Bluetiful'

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September 17, 2017

It's a "bluetiful" day for crayon collectors, as Crayola has announced the name of its new color.

The winning vote-getter in an online contest, Bluetiful will officially replace Dandelion soon in boxes of crayons. The company reported more than 90,000 votes overall. An initial list of names was pared to five; the other four were Blue Moon Bliss, Dreams Come Blue, Reach for the Stars, and Star Spangled Blue.

Bluetiful is based on a newly created pigment, YinMn, discovered by scientists looking for materials to use in building electronics.

YlnMn is an acronym made up of the chemical symbols of three of the four elements used to create it: 

  • Yttrium has the atomic number 39 and the chemical symbol Y.
  • Indium has the atomic number 49 and the chemical In
  • Manganese has the atomic number 25 and the chemical symbol Mn.

The new shade of blue was discovered by scientists at Oregon State University in 2009. Another name for the new shade is MasBlue, after Mas Subramanian, the lead researcher at OSU. Subramanian and the team were granted a patent for the shade in 2012.

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

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