DAILY DIRT: Would you please pass the PURPLE Haze and YELLOW Submarine?


How has Crayola missed these possibilities? … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 699 of The Daily Dirt.

1. There are reportedly 120 official colors of Crayola Crayons, according to crayola.com.

That said, I’m pretty sure they missed a few, at least for the baby boomer age bracket.

Wouldn’t the following be natural inclusions in one of those big boxes of 64 Colors?

  • PURPLE Haze
  • CHERRY Bomb
  • RUBY Tuesday
  • PURPLE Rain
  • YELLOW Submarine
  • BLACK Dog
  • Heart of GOLD
  • WHITE Rabbit
  • BROWN Sugar
  • BLACK Water
  • BLUE Suede Shoes
  • GREEN-Eyed Lady
  • Bad, Bad Leroy BROWN
  • WHITEr Shade of Pale

Thanks to the reader who emailed those to me, complements of DoYouRemember.com.

2. I couldn’t make this up.

Just because horses are fast doesn’t mean they’re easy to transport. Often weighing more than 1,000 pounds and not exactly quick to do things they aren’t inclined to, our equine friends nevertheless often need to be brought from point A to point B. Luckily, there’s a plane dedicated to ferrying horses, known as (what else?) “Air Horse One”. Owned and operated by Tex Sutton Equine Air Transportation, it’s a Boeing 727-200 cargo aircraft used for race horses, show horses, and other VIP clients. But tickets don’t run cheap — one-way trips can set you back $5,000.

3. Some medal-worthy tidbits concerning the highest political office in the nation:

Gold medal (tie): Abraham Lincoln once considered joining the Donner Party expedition (obviously, he made the right choice), and in his early years was an accomplished wrestler (Hulk Lincoln?).

Silver medal: No U.S. president has ever been an only child. That’s kind of amazing.

Bronze medal: William Howard Taft, the 27th president (1909-13), was the last POTUS with facial hair. In fact, only 13 of the 46 presidents have had any sort of facial hair.

Honorable mention: James Garfield, the 20th president, had a pet dog named Veto.

Steve Thought O’ The Day — Of those suggested Crayola colors, I thin I’m partial to Heart of GOLD. Probably BROWN Sugar, too.

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. The sky in his world is always blue.

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