Posts tagged with "urban myth" - Faerye Net 2008-07-09T14:12:56+00:00 Felicity Shoulders The potential mystery of confederate gray 2008-07-09T14:12:56+00:00 2008-07-09T14:14:22+00:00 <p>In yesterday&#8217;s post <a href="" target="links">on the spelling of &#8216;grey&#8217;</a> (even I can&#8217;t believe the things I talk about sometimes) I was going to mention how I finally cemented that &#8216;gray&#8217; was the US spelling only by calling to mind the wrapper on my Crayola confederate gray crayon.</p> <p>I searched for a picture of this crayon, thinking that, such is the capacity of the internet for nostalgia and even indignation over necessary change that there was a chance someone would have snapped a picture of a surviving crayon. Behold, I could find no picture, and almost no mention of the thing (and the comments at the free republic aren&#8217;t the most reliable source.) Finally I looked at the <a href="" target="links">Crayola history of crayon colors</a> and discovered it was not listed. Other changes, like the change of Indian red (after a colorful soil in India) to chestnut? Yes. &#8220;Flesh&#8221; to &#8220;peach&#8221;? Certainly. But the axing of confederate gray? Nowhere to be found. Wikipedia, where lost information goes to find itself, does not mention it either.</p> <p>Now, I suppose one could impugn the honesty of the Crayola company, but I find it hard to imagine that they would be more ashamed of having &#8216;confederate&#8217; on a pretty genuinely confederate-uniform-colored crayon than of thinking all skin was peach-colored. Was there ever a &#8220;confederate gray&#8221; crayon? I had hazy memories of it being canceled amid a contest to name new colors. I&#8217;m sure the contest happened, but is this just the mutability of memory? Is &#8220;confederate gray&#8221; an urban myth that attached itself to my strangely capacious Crayola memory space?</p> <p>Does anyone else remember this crayon?</p>