Crayola Has a New Color: YInMn Blue

Crayola
Crayola

Crayola’s latest color is a rare one: YInMn Blue, a bright blue that was only discovered in 2009, when it was created by chemists at Oregon State University who were working on making new electronics materials. The pigment still isn’t available to the public—the color company licensed to sell it, the Shepherd Color Company, is still waiting on EPA approval—making Crayola’s introduction of a YInMn Blue-inspired crayon even more exciting for color aficionados.

Created with the help of the original scientists from Oregon State University and the Shepherd Color Company, the new blue crayon looks like it will replace Crayola’s Dandelion crayons in packages, which the company recently announced it was retiring. Apparently, dandelions are no longer "on-trend."

A blue Crayola crayon and a swatch of the color against a white background
Crayola

"We are a company all about kids, creativity, and color, so we strive to keep our color palette innovative and on-trend," Crayola CEO Smith Holland said in a press release about the YInMn Blue-inspired color. So it’s goodbye yellows, hello futuristic blues!

However, YInMn Blue is a bit of a mouthful, so Crayola is launching a contest for the public to come up with a new name. You can submit your ideas until June 2.

Watch Alexei From Stranger Things Drink a Slurpee For 12 Hours Straight

Netflix
Netflix

*Warning: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things season 3.*

As if we needed a reminder of how much we miss a certain late Stranger Things character, Netflix just went and drilled it into our hearts again.

As reported by CNET, the streaming service recently released a video tribute to the Russian scientist Alexei (Alec Utgoff), showing him sipping his Slurpee on a loop for 12 hours. Yep, you read that right: 12 hours of nonstop Slurpee-sipping.

The video is captioned: "To honor our Slurpee sipping hero, we are pouring one out for our pal. Sip along!"

In season 3 of the Netflix hit, Alexei opens the portal between Hawkins and the Upside Down to help the Soviets in their research. When the fan-favorite character gets kidnapped by Jim Hopper, his request is a cherry Slurpee in exchange for information ... and he won't compromise on the flavor.

Tragically, Alexei doesn't make it to the end of the season. And in true Stranger Things fashion, his death was totally unexpected and left fans shocked.

While you're still mourning the fallen character, just try and enjoy the oddly mesmerizing video of Alexei sipping away.

This Caturday, Watch Two Kitties Duke It Out in the World’s Oldest Cat 'Video'

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VladK213/iStock via Getty Images

Yes, Thomas Edison’s invention of the first commercially successful light bulb indisputably altered the landscape of modern technology. But was it really his most important contribution to the world as we know it? This first-ever “cat video,” shot in his Black Maria Studio in New Jersey, suggests the answer is "No.”

In the 20-second short film from 1894, two cats bedecked in boxing gloves and harnesses duke it out inside a tiny ring. According to the Public Domain Review, the cat-thletes were members of Professor Henry Welton’s touring cat circus, which also featured cats riding bicycles and doing somersaults.

The film’s subject matter is actually pretty on par with the level of eccentricity reached in Edison’s other early recordings, which weren’t always animal-friendly. Atlas Obscura reports that he electrocuted an elephant, filmed a trapeze artist undressing, and also captured the first copyrighted film, “Fred Ott’s Sneeze.” In it, Fred Ott sneezes.

The decision to film a couple of kitties seems oddly prescient in the wake of today’s internet culture, where viral cat videos reign supreme. But if you’ve studied ancient Egypt even a little, you know that 1894 was hardly the beginning of our obsession with fascinating felines.

Hopefully, you’re not forcing your own cat to entertain the neighborhood with boxing matches, but are you treating her as well as you could be? Find out the best way to pet a cat here.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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