"First invented in 1903, the original Crayola box contained only eight colors, including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black... Now, there are 120 colors in the Crayola color wheel.
"Stephen Von Worley, a visualization researcher at Data Pointed, created the visual crayon chronology with his pseudonymous friend who he calls "Velociraptor." They...figured out that the average growth rate of crayon colors was 2.56% annually, meaning that the number of colors doubles every 28 years.
"So by 2050, our future children could be coloring with 330 different colored crayons."
I LOVE the multiplication of shades. I love that they require you to be more and more aware of tiny differences. I love the idea that the little gradations will continue to increase. And most of all I love a fresh box of crayons.
Add all the colors you want, just don't mess with that fresh box smell!
I felt deeply cheated when I found the full range was no longer available in Australia when I was looking for my kids.
I hate that classic pigments used by real artists for hundreds of years (Prussian blue, raw umber, &c. ) get retired in favor of “macaroni & cheese”, “fuzzy wuzzy brown”, and “outrageous orange”.
And “Indian Red” had nothing to do with the skin tones of native Americans. This is an actual pigment name originally sourced from India. But in the PC world, it had to go, also.
They topped out at 64 when I was young. Far too many were shades of orange and yellow.
OK, I think this is the best soup I ever made. I cut the leftover meat off the bone, made curry with it and saved a cup of cubes, and then simmered the bones with remaining meat shreds on them for six hours to make the broth. Then I soaked marrowfat peas overnight and, the next day, sauteed leeks and carrots in butter until soft and added them, the peas, the meat, half a cup of pearl barley, three potatoes, salt, pepper, and thyme. Simmered it all morning (I left the bones in) and it was MAGNIFICENT. ... See MoreSee Less
Some of you may remember that Moby-Dick has always defeated me. Well, if you're in my boat (hah!) and happen to be within driving distance of Norfolk, Virginia, the Norfolk Academic Guild (a home school co-op nearby) wants to help you out.
I loved Moby Dick and avidly read the whole thing but it was partly because my professor recommended that we suspend all expectations of it being a novel and instead think of it as a natural history of whaling with a story threaded through it. If you don’t expect it to be what it isn’t, it’s fascinating.
If I encounter a non-footed "Most scholars agree" even ONE more time I'm going to start hurling history tomes into a vat of Veritaserum, which I have concocted with the help of J. K. Rowling, who at least tells you straight out that she's making s*** up. #weepinghistorian
"Adults on the frontlines of the high-wire process of selective college admissions have long known that wealth and privilege buy access. Parents get that access not only through regular channels—the savvy prepping, drafting, and monitoring that fuel the process—but...