Imagine the power to control the existence of colors. Such is the terrible responsibility of Crayola, the arbiters of color naming. They’re usually content to toil away in the background, but this year the company is flexing its muscles by tinkering with their classic box of 24 crayons. They’ve announced that they’re adding a color, but that box size isn’t changing — if one color is coming in, one color is coming out. Today, we know which one got its walking papers.
Our beloved Dandelion decided to announce his retirement early! There’s no taming an adventurous spirit! #NationalCrayonDay pic.twitter.com/RMk6pw3jR2
— Crayola (@Crayola) March 30, 2017
Dandelion, a shade of yellow, will be out of the box starting this year. Crayola made a little retirement video for Dandelion, in which the cheery crayon decides to live a life of adventure. It comes off a lot like the stories your parents told you when your goldfish went missing.
Crayola will announce the new color tomorrow. Conventional wisdom would say they’ll replace Dandelion with another shade of yellow, but who knows anymore? Whatever the case, the message is loud and clear — no obscure classic pop culture staple is safe. With Monopoly eliminating the wheelbarrow, thimble, and boot tokens, we can only wonder what’s next!
This story was originally published at Crayola Has Killed Off a Beloved Crayon Color