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Author's Note: How Crayons Work

I love crayons for the same reason I love pens. Being left-handed has its challenges, not least of which is the smudging problem. For those right-handers who don't know what I'm talking about, the smudging problem has to do with how the side of a left-handed person's palm tends to smudge their writing as it moves across the page. Indelible and unsmudgeable, the humble crayon is one the young south-paw's best friends.

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