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Crayola’s New Crayon Color Is a Newly Discovered Shade of Blue

Crayola has announced that a brilliant blue color, that was discovered accidentally by Oregon State University chemists, will soon be the newest addition to its crayon box.

The color was inspired by the blue pigment known as “YInMn” blue," and it’s the replacement for the recently retired Dandelion crayon. 

The vibrant blue was discovered by chemists who were heating up chemicals in hopes of finding new materials that could be used in electronics.  

The "YInMn” name comes from the elements that were used to make it: yttrium, indium, manganese and oxygen. 

A Crayola spokesperson says they chose a color in the blue family because a previous poll showed “the color blue time and again has been Americans’ favorite color.”

Crayon fans will have the opportunity to name the new color by submitting name suggestions through Crayola’s website until June 2nd. 

On July 1st, Crayola will announce five of the top color names for the new blue, and allow people to vote through August. 

The winning name will be announced in early September.

Source: USA Today