About: A crayon (or wax pastel) is a stick of colored wax. Such crayons are usually approximately 3.5 inches (89 mm) in length and made mostly of petroleum. The history of the crayon is not entirely clear. The word "crayon" dates to 1644, coming from craie (chalk) and the Latin word creta (earth). The notion to combine a form of wax with pigment actually goes back thousands of years. Contemporary crayons are purported to have originated in Europe where some of the first cylinder shaped crayons were made with charcoal and oil. The initial era of wax crayons saw a number of companies and products competing for the lucrative education and artist markets. In addition to the giants such as Binney & Smith/Crayola and American Crayon/Dixon Ticonderoga, other companies popped up in the industry at various times from the late 19th century to the early 1910s. Colin Snedeker, a chemist for Binney & Smith (the then-parent company of Crayola), developed the first washable crayons in response to consumer complaints regarding stained fabrics and walls. Puzzle Of The Day On:
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