Crayola has been famous for their colorful crayons since 1903, so you’d think the ability to see the full color spectrum would be a prerequisite for the job of making them. But, just like that English teacher who never learned how to read, after a thirty seven year career at Crayola spanning 1.4 billion crayons, the corporation’s top crayon maker surprised everyone when he announced that he’d been colorblind the entire time he worked there.
Emerson Moser, a senior crayon maker for Crayola, made the announcement upon retiring, leaving a lot of jaws dropped and eyes popped. Statistically, Moser’s condition isn’t as uncommon as you may think. Up to eight percent of men have colorblindness in some form.
Colorblindness is due to having fewer photoreceptors. The unfortunate thing about colorblindness, is that it can restrict some career choices. For instance, Air Force pilots cannot be colorblind, nor electricians or firefighters.