100 Interesting Facts About Colors

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51Facebook

The color of Facebook is blue because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind.


52. Some species of birds are capable of seeing a 4th primary color (in the ultraviolet spectrum) totally invisible to humans. It allows them to see a totally different fundamental color, and all derivatives obtained by mixing it with the other three primary colors.


53. Companies have begun treating their meat with nitrates and then packing & storing the product in a carbon monoxide atmosphere. The carbon monoxide gas in the package slows the discoloration of the meat. Unfortunately, this is a deceptive marketing practice as it only makes the meat look fresh. The meat still spoils normally. The artificially-induced pink color can remain in the meat for a very long time, up to one full year. Companies have been using this technique since early 2003.


54. Color laser printers print a watermark on every page that identifies the printer to reassure governments that the printers wouldn't be used for forgery. Tiny yellow dots are added to each page. The dots are barely visible and contain encoded printer serial numbers and timestamps.


55. The Hubble telescope uses a black and white camera to capture pictures. Scientists take color pictures by putting a blue filter in front of the lens and take a picture, then repeat with a red, then green filter. They then combine the 3 images to create a full-color picture.


56Scrubs

Nurses and doctors wear green or blue scrubs to help relieve eye strain from constantly looking at red (patient's insides), which is also opposite on the color wheel. They're easier to wash and keep longer.


57. Veterinarians used to believe that dogs saw only in black and white, but studies suggest that they actually do have some color vision. Dogs see the colors of the world as yellow, blue, and gray. Many common colors used for dog toys are actually hard for a dog to see.


58. For the “horse of a different color” effect on The Wizard of Oz (1939), horses were tinted with lemon, cherry and grape Jello powder, which the horses would persistently try to lick off.


59. The highly expensive paint “Ultramarine blue” is named not after it’s ocean-blue color, but instead, means “from beyond the sea” (i.e. imported from Asia).


60. How squid chooses and holds particular skin colors to help camouflage themselves remains unknown and is particularly interesting because they are completely colorblind.


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61Arctic Reindeer

The Arctic reindeer has a layer of tissue in the eye called the tapetum lucidum which lies behind the retina and reflects light back through it to enhance night vision. By changing its color, the tapetum lucidum reflects different wavelengths of light. Its color changes through the seasons from gold to blue.


62. Anytime you see an ingredients list that includes carmine, cochineal extract or natural red 4, you can be sure that there's a little-powdered bug therein.


63. There exists a waterfall (Blood Falls) in Antarctica from a water source that has never seen sunlight and is completely devoid of oxygen. It's also extremely rich in iron and sodium. When the water is finally exposed to air as it flows out of the glacier, it rusts, coloring the water blood red making it look like the glacier is bleeding.


64. Green and red peppers are not distinct varieties. Rather, green peppers are simply immature versions of red peppers.


65. As a deterrent to poachers, South African authorities inject a strong red dye into rhino horns which is clearly visible and poisonous to humans.


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66Green over red traffic light

The only green over red stoplight in USA world is in Syracuse, New York because some persistent local Irish kids didn't want the red (British) above green (Ireland).


67. The biggest sperm bank in the world turns down redheaded donors because “not enough people want ginger kids.”


68. Stoplight loosejaw is a deep sea fish that takes advantage of the fact that other fishes can’t see a red light, and illuminates its prey with a beam of red bioluminescence so it can hunt with an effectively invisible beam of light.


69. Karate belts progress from light to dark colors as you progress in rank because in poorer times it was easier and cheaper to keep dying 1 belt a new (darker) color than keep buying new belts.


70. American school buses are yellow because you see yellow faster than any other color, 1.24x faster than red in fact.


71White asparagus

White asparagus is the same as green asparagus except that it's kept buried when growing so no photosynthesis occurs.


72. Some babies in Asia are born with a Mongolian Blue Spot, a blue birthmark on the lower back and butts that usually disappears after three to five years.


73. Mandarinfish is one of only two vertebrates known to have blue coloring because of natural cellular pigment. In all other cases of blue colored animals, the color blue is made through the scattering of light.


74. China invented fireworks, but Italy gave them color. Colors are created using metallic powders. Calcium makes orange, sodium makes yellow, and barium makes green. Also, cylindrical tubes create whistling sounds, aluminum flakes make hissing noises, and flash powder makes the loud “booms.”


75. Men and women see colors differently. In general, women are better at discriminating among colors while men excel at tracking fast-moving objects and discerning detail from a distance.

5 COMMENTS

  1. #22 I’m american and I found this fact offensive… as we americans are so stupid to give more and more space to china in our great america.. America should stop china, otherwise there will be a day when American products would not use in AMERICA.. :/

  2. Re #94: The Honolulu Police Department is not the only agency which does that. In both South Korea and China, the police, the fire department, and ambulances will all have their emergency (“dome lights”/”cherries”) activated while the cops/firefighters/EMTs in the vehicle are on duty.

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