The reason purple was so highly valued in the ancient world for centuries, is because the only known dye was extracted from a very rare type of sea snail. In fact, there was only one place in the world it was harvested; the Phoenician city of Tyre. history.com/news/why-is-p…
Purple Skittles are grape flavoured in the USA rather than blackcurrant (in the UK) due to a ban introduced in 1629. Although it's been lifted, only 0.1% of american have eaten a blackcurrant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned about Tyrian Purple, a purple dye collected from sea snails. It was worth more than gold due to its labor-intensity, and the process of harvesting it produced a stench so foul that it's likely why the Talmud permits women to divorce a husband who became a dyer after marriage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr…
Today I learned about the presocratic philosopher Empedocles. He claimed to have magical powers and a divine status, and would walk around Sicily in a large purple robe. Apparently, he died when he jumped into Etna, an active volcano, to prove to his followers that he really was a god. iep.utm.edu/empedocl/
Actor/singer Sheb Wooley, who sang β€œThe Purple People Eater” is also the voice of the famous Wilhelm scream sound effect used in movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, and more. youtu.be/Zf8aBFTVNEU
Al Matthews (actor), who portrayed GySgt Apone in Aliens, was an actual U.S. Marine with 13 combat awards including 2 Purple Hearts. Matthews, who was also the inspiration for Sgm Johnson in the Halo series, was one of the first African American Marines in Vietnam to be promoted to Sergeant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
Prince's "Purple Rain" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks, being kept off the top spot by "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham! faroutmagazine.co.uk/prin…
Purple Dye in Ancient Times was made by extracting it from a type of Mediterranean sea snail, which made it hard to get lots of, making it by far the most valuable color dye at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr…
Jimi Hendrix was inspired to write "Purple Haze", following a dream where he could walk under water. Later, Hendrix expressed frustration at being unable to develop his ideas for the song further. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
Poppies aren't always red, they can also be white, pink, yellow, orange and purple homeguides.sfgate.com/col…
Today I learned of a bogus Deep Purple fronted by original Purple vocalist Rod Evans which toured North America in 1980 with shows often ending in riots. The real Deep Purple found out and placed an ad stating that none of them would be appearing. They sued and won and claim to have no knowledge of Evans since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
While violets and purples look similar, but violets are a single wavelength and purples are a mix of red and blue or violet wavelengths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Samuel L Jackson wanted a purple lightsaber so he would be noticeable in Attack of the Clones, and that he has the prop at home with, "Bad Mother f***er," inscribed in the hilt of it. youtu.be/ubyo5eZz_Jc
A shade of purple called "rebeccapurple" in web development is a memorial to Rebecca Alison Meyer, daughter of CSS developer Eric Meyer. Rebecca passed away on her sixth birthday from brain cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Before Japan surrendered to end WW2, the US armed forces ordered over 1 million Purple Heart medals in anticipation of a difficult land invasion. That stock is still being used today. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Weird Al Yankovic wrote the song "Yellow Snow" as a parody of Prince's "Purple Rain", but was not allowed to release it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
The lens in your eye yellows as you grow older, making blue and purple less vibrant. jbc.org/content/274/46/32…
Dominica and Nicaragua are the only two nations in the world to have the color purple included in their national flags. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Prince has used many names in his lifetime, such as Alexander Nevermind, Christopher Tracy, The Kid, The Purple Purv, The Minneapolis Midget, & finally The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. As a child he was called Skipper. musicinminnesota.com/20-f…
Prince asked Journey's Jonathan Cain for his blessing when he had recorded "Purple Rain" because he was worried it sounded too much like Journey's "Faithfully" billboard.com/articles/ne…
The β€œpurple paint law” became official in Texas on September 1, 1997. It’s a warning signified by painting fence posts purple that trespassers can be held criminally liable for entering the property without the express permission of the owner. uslawshield.com/purple-pa…
J.P. Morgan was sensitive about his nose- it was inflamed and purple due to rhinophyma. He hated being photographed and always made sure photographers touched up his nose. He lashed out at anyone who tried to photograph him in public, and would hit them with his cane. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
Prince’s classic film Purple Rain was remade in the Saharan state of Niger, where there is no word for Purple. The film and song have the name Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai which, translated, means β€œRain the Color of a Blue With Red in It.” youtu.be/G-pk03sm9oo
The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree has multi-coloured streaks on its trunk that comes from patches of outer bark that are shed annually at different times, showing the bright-green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones. amusingplanet.com/2011/10…
, Joseph Beyrle, an American Paratrooper, fought for both the US and the Soviet Union in WW2. He was captured in Normandy, sent to a POW Camp, escaped, joined the Red Army and liberated the camp he had just escaped from. He later met Marshal Zhukov and won the Purple Heart for his Service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Among the many brave men and women that have received one, a horse named Sergeant Reckless that served during Korean War has also received a Purple Heart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
The colors of a karate belt is based from the Sun. White is birth, Yellow is first beam of sunlight, Orange is growing strength of the sun, Green is growth, Blue is sky & light, Purple is dawn, Brown is maturity & harvest, Red is red hot strength of the sun, and Black is darkness beyond the sun. nymaa.com/martial-arts-bl…
Blue M&Ms didn't exist until 1995, when a poll was held to replace the tan shade of M&M that was deemed redundant in addition to the brown M&M. Of pink, blue, and purple, blue won. sallybernstein.com/food/s…
This purple snailfish was filmed at a depth of 5 miles using a deep sea camera-equipped lander in the Pacific Ocean's Atacama Trench located off the coast of Peru and Chile in 2018 making it the first time to ever see this species. Pink and blue snailfish were also filmed during the expedition. newsweek.com/atacama-tren…
Princes' 'Batdance' charted higher than Princes' 'Purple Rain'. billboard.com/music/princ…
The Octavia was an effects pedal designed for Jimi Hendrix by his sound technician, Roger Mayer. It reproduces the input signal from a guitar one octave higher and/or lower in pitch, and mixes it with the original and added distortion fuzz. It can be heard in guitar solos on the song Purple Haze en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
Today I learned of the Stubby Squid. In 2016, Researchers from the Nautilus exploration vessel were cruising along the deep sea floor off California's coast when they came upon the bright purple creature with giant, googly eyes. The Scientists Couldn't contain their laughter. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Hollywood Actor James Garner was a decorated Military Veteran who served in WWII and Korea. He was awarded the purple heart twice in Korea, once from a friendly fire incident where he was shot in the buttocks by a U.S. Fighter as he dove into a foxhole. He was given his medal 32 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) is a rather stout-looking amphibian endemic to the Western Ghats of India. Because the frog only visibly appears above ground for a matter of days following the monsoon season, it was long overlooked by science being only formally described in 2003. edgeofexistence.org/speci…
January 21 is International Fetish Day. The slogan is: "Perverts Wear Purple" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Carrots were originally purple. The orange ones we are familiar with today started as a hybrid intended to be sweeter. zmescience.com/other/purp…
The Wilhelm scream, an in-joke with film sound designers, is attributed to Sheb Wooley, best known for his song "Purple People Eater" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Back in 1995 Cadbury won a high court battle for exclusive use of its signature Pantone 2685C purple, as used in Dairy Milk packaging designweek.co.uk/issues/m…
Nanoscale gold particles are not the yellow color with which we are familiar; nanoscale gold can appear red or purple. At the nanoscale, the motion of the gold's electrons is confined. Because this movement is restricted, gold nanoparticles react differently with light. nano.gov/nanotech-101/spe…
The lined chiton (Tonicella lineata), found in the northern Pacific Ocean, is quite colorful, having blue, purple or black straight or zig-zag lines on each of the eight valves. It mostly feeds on coralline algae. Sea stars are among their natural predators. They grow to about 5 cm (2 in.) long. inverts.wallawalla.edu/Mo…
In 2006 Prince did a 'Willy Wonka' and made Universal hide 14 purple ticketsβ€”seven in the U.S. and seven internationallyβ€”inside his latest album, 3121. Fans who found a purple ticket were invited to attend a private performance at Prince's Los Angeles home. chiefmarketer.com/wonka-s…
In 1952, at the age of 18, Donnie Dunagan became the Marine's youngest-ever drill instructor. He served 3 tours in Vietnam and was wounded several times, earning 3 purple hearts. He also kept a secret for over 50 years that he was a child actor and the voice of young Bambi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Fresh, sealed meat would be purple. So meat packagers add carbon monoxide to turn it bright red. supermarketperimeter.com/…
Today I learned of β€˜Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai,’ a Tuareg-language based remake of Prince’s film β€˜Purple Rain,’ whose title literally translates to β€˜rain the color of blue with a little red in it,’ as the language has no word for the color purple. theatlantic.com/internati…
Charles D Barger was gassed in WWI, received the Medal of Honor and a record 10 Purple Hearts, became a policeman after the war and was shot 5 times during a shootout. Later in life he was shot by a deputy and died from self-inflicted burn injuries sustained during a mental breakdown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Purple Gang mentioned in Elvis' song 'Jailhouse Rock' was an actual bootlegging and hijacking gang. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Hydrangea flower color changes based on the pH in soil. Soil with a pH of 5.5 or lower will sprout blue hydrangeas, a ph of 6.5 or higher will produce pink hydrangeas, and soil in between 5.5 and 6.5 will have purple hydrangeas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyd…
3 Honolulu firefighters were killed and 6 others injured after being attacked by Japanese planes while fighting fires at Hickam Field during the Pearl Harbor bombing. For their peacetime heroism, all 9 men received Purple Hearts, making them the only firefighters to awarded as such to date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
There was a 90s pastor who wrote a booklet called "Barney the Purple Messiah" accusing Barney the Purple Dinosaur of being a new age demon who taught the liberal left agenda and had seances on the show mit.edu/people/dryfoo/Inf…
The US manufactured enough Purple Heart medals in preparation for a possible invasion of Japan in 1945, that they still awarded ones manufactured back then during the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
Oscar the Grouch started off as purple in Jim Henson’s sketches, which then evolved to having Oscar as orange in the first season of Sesame Street and by the second season, he was switched to the green puppet that has stayed ever since gizmodo.com/oscar-the-gro…
, in addition to Agent Orange, there were also Agents Blue, White, Pink, Purple and Green. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Today I learned of the 761st Tank battalion. Made up of almost completely African-American tankers, it was considered one of the best tank units of the war and held 1 Medal of Honor winner, 11 Silver Stars and 300 Purple Hearts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/761…
Unnatural hair colors, including blue and purple, were briefly popular around 1913-14, but fell out of fashion when WWI broke out timesmachine.nytimes.com/…
Oscar the Grouch was purple in his concept sketches, then he was orange in Sesame Street's first season and only became green the following year. americanhistory.si.edu/co…
Today I learned of submarine Commander Eugene Fluckey, credited with the most tonnage sunk in WWII, incl. a Carrier and leading men on land to blow up a train. He got 4 Navy Crosses, the Medal of Honor, his boat got several Presidential Unit citations and not one of his men got a Purple Heart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…
"Purple Rain" was remade in the Sahara featuring the nomadic Tuareg people. Since their language has no word for "purple," the title became "Rain The Color of Blue With A Little Red In It." npr.org/2015/11/28/457689…
The Deep Purple song "Smoke On The Water" is about the Montreaux Casino Fire in 1971, started during a Frank Zappa concert by a fan with a flare gun npr.org/sections/parallel…
There is a Purple Store that supplied many of the purple items used by Marie Schrader on the show β€œBreaking Bad”. thepurplestore.com/breaki…
"Once in a blue moon" is not just a saying. Ashes from volcanoe eruptions will scatter light and cause the moon to appear blue. This same effect can also cause the sun to look purple. In cases like St. Helens, this effect lasted in parts of the world for many years. science.nasa.gov/science-…
Walter McCarty, current head coach of the Evansville Purple Aces basketball team, was a former Kentucky player who won the 1996 NCAA Championship, played professional basketball with the Boston Celtics, appeared in the movie "He Got Game", and was a professional R&B/Soul singer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Tokyo has its own superhero. He’s Mangetsu-Man, a self-made hero who’s taken up the responsibility of keeping the city clean. He wears a β€œfull moon” head, purple bodysuit, oversized UGG boots with matching gloves, and uses a voice dictation app to hide his voice. pri.org/stories/2014-09-0…
Today I learned about Calvin Graham. He was 12 and enlisted in the Navy in 1942. Fought in WW2, was awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, tossed out in 1943. Medals revoked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Today I learned of guitarist Terry Reid, who turned down the role of lead singer for the New Yardbirds. He recommended someone else, though - Robert Plant (as well as a drummer named John Bonham) - and the New Yardbirds went on to become Led Zeppelin. He also turned down the lead singer role for Deep Purple. allmusic.com/artist/terry…
In early 2016, a woman tracked down the family of a WWII veteran whose Purple Heart she bought at an Arizona Goodwill store for $4.99 upi.com/Odd_News/2016/03/…
The band of pink that proceeds the purple band of Earth's shadow at sunset is called "The belt of venus" or the antitwilight arch. The former name is not from the planet Venus, but from the girdle the Godess Venus wore. astronomytrek.com/what-is…
Only two countries have purple as a colour on their national flag, and both did not do so until in the late 19th century worldatlas.com/articles/c…
Frank Zappa was subjected to two separate incidents while touring during December 1971; the first inspired Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water". The second was an attack by an audience member that resulted in "...a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The β€˜Wilhelm Scream’, a distinctive stock audio scream, which has appeared in over 300 movies was voiced by Sheb Wooley who went onto record The Purple People Eater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
A Jack Russell Terrier sacrificed his life to save 5 kids from two Pit Bulls and posthumously received a PDSA Gold Medal, and a Purple Heart from a Vietnam War veteran en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Eggplants come in colors other than purple. thespruceeats.com/types-o…
In 1972 Deep Purple reached 117 decibels at one of their concerts, which rendered three audience members unconscious and earned them a spot in the Guinness World Record Book (which was topped by The Who by 9 decibels in 1976). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned of some odd traditions British butterfly enthusiasts follow every July in search of the rare Purple Emperor, which mostly involve planting repulsive offerings of rotten or pungent food and animal dung in the woods bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-3…
Today I learned of a variation of Snooker called Snooker Plus, played with 2 extra balls on the table. An orange ball, worth 8 points, was placed between the blue and pink and a purple ball, worth 10 points, placed between the brown and blue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
Apples are generally red, green, yellow, but if the right geographical conditions are met, they can apparently grow dark purple, almost black, as well. These rare apples are called Black Diamond and they are currently only grown in the mountains of Tibet. odditycentral.com/foods/b…
Today I learned of Tyrian purple, a dye that comes from a sea snail of which it takes 12,000 snails to produce 1.4g of dye, and when Nero was emperor would have people executed for wearing the color en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr…
Magenta is the only non-monochromatic complementary colour, since purples are only a perceived combination of monochromatic red and blue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Although 20 US Presidents served in the military and most of them during war time, only President Kennedy was awarded a Purple Heart. history.com/news/presiden…
The reason Samuel L Jackson asked for a purple lightsaber was so that he could find himself on-screen in the Battle of Geonosis (Attack of the Clones) among the dozens of other Jedi. youtu.be/iL9VI9lda64?t=15…
The all-time most banned and challenged books in American libraries are 1984, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, and The Great Gatsby. Last year, it was Thirteen Reasons Why. playgroundequipment.com/t…
β€˜violet’ and β€˜purple’ are fundamentally different, and most animals see them as completely different colors. jakubmarian.com/differenc…
DJ Screw and several other rappers whose music brought purple drank to national attention died from overdoses of it. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Carrots are orange for political reasons. In the 17th century, Dutch growers cultivated orange carrots as a tribute to William of Orange. Before this, they were mostly yellow, white or purple. tested.com/science/43812-…
Coffee Beans come from Bright Red and Purple berries wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee…
So many Purple Hearts were produced in the anticipation of the invasion of the Japanese mainland in WWII that they are still being issued today in Iraq and Afghanistan historynewsnetwork.org/ar…
No one really knew who designed the "solo jazz cup" blue and purple design that had become famous on the internet until an AMA request for the designer led to an investigative reporter in Springfield, MO discovering it was created by Gina Ekiss in 1989 as part of a design contest by the company. news-leader.com/story/new…
The expensive purple dye used for the robes of ancient royalty was made from crushed shellfish and infamous for its horrible smell perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
In October 2000, Heinz introduced colored ketchup products called EZ Squirt, which eventually included green (2000), purple (2001), mystery (pink, orange, or teal, 2002), and blue (2003). As of January 2006 these products were discontinued. youtu.be/7gSaQw5RSd0
Orange, purple, and silver all have rhymes: sporange, hirple/curple, and chilver. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Tyrian purple used to be worth it's weight in gold, and it took 250,000 snails to make one ounce of dye. history.com/news/why-is-p…
Smarties are flavored differently by color. White is orange cream, yellow is pineapple, pink is cherry, green is strawberry, purple is grape, and orange is orange. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
The Dutch began mass-growing the orange carrot we know today for political reasons. Before that carrots came in a much wider array of colours – red, purple, white and black. dutchnews.nl/news/2016/05…
Doris Miller was a cook who saved lives and gunned down Japanese warplanes while serving on a ship during WW2. He had no previous training with an anti-aircraft gun and was awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart. Despite his heroism, he was assigned as a cook on Liscome Bay and died by torpedo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
Today I learned about the STEVE atmospheric phenomenon, a purple and green light ribbon of crossing plasma columns that was formally discovered in 2016 and that has even been observed in New Zealand. It can traverse across the sky for hundreds or thousands of miles, aligned east-west. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The Prince song "Purple Rain" was originally intended to be a country song and Prince wanted Stevie Nicks to write the lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
The bike Prince rode in β€œPurple Rain”, was barely bigger than a mini bike. chapmoto.com/blog/2016/04…
Calvin Leon Graham was the youngest U.S. serviceman to serve and fight during WW2 at the age of 12. He was awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and his unit got a navy unit commendation during the battle of Guadalcanal. Calvin's mother revealed his true age and he was discharged in 1943. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Purple and violet aren't the same thing. While violet is the name for the colour at the end of the light spectrum, purple is just the name for the combination of red and blue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
In 1971, a crazed fan shot a flare-gun towards Frank Zappa and his band during a concert in Switzerland. The resulting fire injured several audience members, melted the bands equipment, and destroyed the venue. This incident was the inspiration for Deep Purples, 'Smoke On The Water.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…

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