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Meet Crayola’s Newest Crayon Color: Bluetiful

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Crayon enthusiasts wept tears of Dandelion yellow in late March when Crayola announced that it was killing off the crayon color and making room for a new hue of blue in its classic 24-pack crayon box. Now, after nearly six months of deliberation and gathering the opinions of 400,000 fans on what the new shade should be called, the company has announced its new crayon’s name: Bluetiful.

Okay, so it’s not super original, but it’s better than the color’s chemical name—YInMn Blue—and certainly much easier to pronounce. Crayola executives debuted the new addition to their color lineup in a big way on Thursday by unveiling a jumbo-sized version of the crayon. Measuring 15.6 feet in length and weighing in at 1352 pounds, the behemoth stick of Bluetiful set a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest crayon upon its debut.

“Today is a very exciting day for Crayola as we commemorated two big milestones,” Crayola president and CEO Smith Holland said. “First, we unveiled that Bluetiful won the hearts of North America and will be the name of Crayola’s new YInMn-inspired crayon color. And second, we became a Guinness World Record title holder for the first time in our 114-year history. We couldn’t have imagined a more special way to conclude our color campaign and champion color and creativity than with this new crayon color and name.”

Though you’ll have to wait until January to see the color (which is the 19th blue in the current Crayola rainbow) in packs nationwide, Walmart and Jet.com shoppers can get their hands on the new crayon, and some special coloring books, in early November. Which makes it a great gift idea for that special coloring book fan on your holiday gift list.

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The European Space Agency Needs Help Naming Its New Mars Rover
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The European Space Agency is hosting a competition to find a snazzy new name for its ExoMars rover, Sky News reports. The rover will be deployed to Mars in 2020, so the winner would be playing a small role in the progress of space exploration.

At the contest's launch, British astronaut Tim Peake described Mars as a place where humans and robots will someday work together to search for evidence of life in our solar system. To this end, the ExoMars rover, which will land on Mars in 2021, will drill up to two meters into the planet’s soil and collect samples, the ESA notes. "The ExoMars rover is a vital part of this journey of exploration, and we're asking you to become part of this exciting mission and name the rover that will scout the Martian surface,” Peake said.

However, the agency is well aware of past public naming contests that have gone horribly wrong (we’re looking at you, Boaty McBoatface), so it’s rigged the rules to prevent such a spectacle. Instead of a public poll, suggestions will be submitted privately to the agency, which has created a panel of judges to choose the winning name.

The winner of the contest will also receive a trip to Stevenage, England, where they’ll get to see the Airbus facility where the rover is being pieced together. The contest is only open to citizens of the two dozen European countries that are partners in the ESA.

To enter, submit your name suggestion online before October 10, 2018, along with a brief explanation (under 150 words) of why your name should be chosen. Click the following PDF link to see the full terms and conditions [PDF].

[h/t Sky News]

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Fearless Man Slices 26 Watermelons on His Stomach in 60 Seconds, Setting New Record
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Ashrita Furman, a 63-year-old New Yorker who holds the world record for setting the most Guinness World Records, just achieved another one. This time, it was for the most watermelons sliced on top of his stomach in 60 seconds, Nerdist reports.

Furman came up with the idea for the record himself, and while he didn’t have any competition, Guinness stipulated that he had to slice at least 20 watermelons to be recognized. He managed to cut through 26 melons with his tool of choice, a katana, in less than a minute. (He walked away without a scratch.)

Check out this spectacle (and serious ab workout) for yourself:

“I’m really thrilled,” Furman told Reuters after pulling off the feat. “My first reaction is I’m relieved that I didn’t kill myself and the second is that I’m exhilarated because it is not only a skillful record, but also it’s something that I invented and now it’s out there and other people can challenge it.”

Furman, who has been called “Mr. Versatility,” currently holds more than 200 Guinness records. He set his very first record in 1979 after completing 27,000 jumping jacks, and he hasn’t slowed down since. In the past near-40 years he has set the record for—among other feats—the most knives caught in a minute (54); the greatest distance traveled while juggling on a pogo stick (4 miles, 30 feet); and most grapes caught in his mouth in one minute (86).

[h/t Nerdist]

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