By Sarah Bellum
Today, March 31, is National Bunsen Burner Day. Yep, it really is. The day honors the birthday of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen.
A Bunsen burner is standard laboratory equipment that produces a single open gas flame.
Today is also National Crayon Day. You can see where we're going with this.
Wax and chalk-based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries. Edwin Binney created the brightly colored crayons we are familiar with today. He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments, and slate pencils for schools.
In 1903, Binney & Smith created the Crayola Division and produced colored wax crayons for children for the first time.
So, get out your Bunsen Burner and some crayons and do what comes natural melt them down.