Socrates suggested a passive solar design for Greek houses. All openings faced south and roofs were angled north. Houses remained cool during summer since the roof provided shade, and warm during winter since the roof deflected cold north winds and sunlight entered through the south openings. dennisrhollowayarchitect.…
Michael Jackson had a skin condition called Vitiligo which destroys the pigmentation of the skin. At first, his makeup crew tried to cover it up with darker shades, but it got so bad that they had to start using a lighter makeup to make it look more even. umassmed.edu/vitiligo/blo…
Cats have vision similar to colour-blind humans. Cats can only see shades of blue and green. They may find red and pinks confusing (they may appear greener), while purple may look like another shade of blue. businessinsider.com/pictu…
The Indian Bullfrog turns a shade of bright yellow and his vocal sacs turn bright blue in order to attract a mate, the brighter his colors the better he will look to a potential mate. roaring.earth/frog-change…
The Grinch is green because Chuck Jones (the director of the TV special) rented a car that he thought was a very ugly shade of green. The Grinch is black and white in the original book. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The original British Airways policy for passengers who died mid-flight was to pretend they were alive, prop them up on their seats, and give them a vodka and tonic, a Daily Mail and eye-shades. Nowadays, they tuck a blanket up to their neck, and if possible, move them to a first-class seat traveller.com.au/put-them…
Until WWII, Japan did not distinguish between green & blue. Green was considered a shade of blue, so green apples are called "blue apples" (ao-ringo) & green traffic lights are called "blue lights (ao-shingō 青俑号)." Today, Japanese traffic lights are green, but are a very blue-green. faqjapan.com/why-is-green…
Besides white, cotton can grow in shades of green, blue, red, brown, and tan southernexposure.com/cott…
When you open your eyes in a perfectly dark room you don't see black, but "Eigengrau", a shade of gray that arises from visual noise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
The book "Fifty Shades of Grey" originally began as Twilight fan fiction named "Master of the Universe" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
Today I learned that brown is a really dark shade of orange. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Bees can produce coloured β€œhoney”. Beekeepers in northeastern France noticed that their bees were producing honey in unnatural shades of green and blue. The reason turned out to be that the bees had been eating remnants of M&M candy shells from a nearby factory. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The colour that you see when your eyes are opened in a dark room has a name. It's called 'eigengrau', which means intrinsic gray. It's the shade of dark gray people see when there's no light. whatthemicroscopesaw.co.u…
The term "parking" (a car) comes from when Washington, DC built roadside parks on city streets. Owners would tie their horses to the trees to rest in the shade, and the practice stuck as cars took over arnoldia.arboretum.harvar…
Women are better at discerning shades of colours, while men are better at tracking fast-moving objects and discerning detail from a distance. These are evolutionary details linked to a hunter-gatherer past. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Plants can tell the difference between the shade of an inanimate object (e.g. a rock) and the shade of another plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Scientists made tiny, designer shades for a housefly that fit snugly onto his 2 mm wide head. 3quarksdaily.com/3quarksd…
There is a controversial murder defence called the 'rough sex murder defence', or '50 Shades defence', which asserts that the victim consented or even demanded sexual practices that led to the homicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
The 1990 film Dick Tracy only used seven colors in the movie, all of them exactly the same shade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
The Red Carpet at the entrance of the Oscars is not a traditional red: it has its own unique shade called "Academy Red" that is closer to burgundy longreads.com/2017/02/26/…
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…
In Ladakh, India if you sit in the Sun with your feet in the shade, you may suffer from both sunstroke and frostbite at the same time. edition.cnn.com/style/art…
The best selling book of the 2010's was Fifty Shades of Grey. The second best selling was Fifty Shades Darker. The third best selling was Fifty Shades Freed. lithub.com/these-are-the-…
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…
"555-nanometer wavelength green" (which is similar to the shade of green used in "green screens") is the most visible color because it stimulates the most cones in the eye. fastcompany.com/90124059/…
Red hair dye fades faster than other shades because the red dye molecule is larger than other colors. huffingtonpost.com.au/201…
The Rainbow Shark isn't rainbow at all, and are usually a darker shade of black with red tips on it's fins. Furthermore, it's not even a shark, but a minnow with the appearance of a shark, thanks to it's dorsal fin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Many languages traditionally don't distinguish between green and blue, instead considering them shades of one color. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Animals can't make vitamin D in their skin because their fur or feathers shade it from the sun. In the oils secreted on their fur or feathers are the precursors, and after vitamin D is produced they lick it up when grooming. chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/vitam…
Had it not been for the Norman Conquest of 1066, the English we speak today would have been much different and more restrictive. The merging of Old English and Norman French led to Modern English being sort of hybrid of the two, giving another shade of meaning to words such as "swine" vs "pork". geoffboxell.tripod.com/wo…
There is a medical condition called Achromatopsia in which people only see black, white, and shades of gray. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ach…
**tint** is a mixture of a color with white, which reduces darkness, **shade** is a mixture with black, which increases darkness, **tone** is produced either by mixing a color with grey (or by both tinting and shading), and **hue** is how much red, blue and yellow it has. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
Today I learned about YInMn Blue, the first non-organic shade of blue discovered in over 200 years. It was discovered partly by accident by Mas Subramanian, who is now looking for a similar non-toxic bright-red pigment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YIn…
There are at least 7 kinds of popcorn. 4yellow, 1red, 1blue, 1purple. Mostly all shades of white. But only 1 is a different shape! thepioneerwoman.com/food-…
There is a small Pacific Island where about 10% of the population are completely colorblind (only see shades of black/white/grey). The condition limits vision in full sunlight, but may lead to sharper vision at night, like for night fishing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
In Japanese, η·‘ (green) was taught to be a shade of 青 (blue) until the occupation of Japan in WW2. Japanese people still regularly use 青 to describe traffic lights and unripe fruit empiricalzeal.com/2012/06…
For Japanese traffic lights blue means go! A very blue shade of green is used, green enough to satisfy international regulations. This is because historically the Japanese language only had words for black, white, red, and blue, and that green is considered a shade of blue. readersdigest.ca/travel/w…
Today I learned of the Rhinoceros Party, a political party in Canada planning to make "Sorry" the new official motto of Canada and who wants to rise up the number of green cars by forcing manufacturers to build more cars in different shades of green. partyrhino.ca/en/our-prom…
Today I learned of Eli Cohen, an Israeli spy who masqueraded as a Syrian businessman. He encouraged the Syrians to plant trees around their fortifications to give soldiers shade: during the Six-Day War the Israelis used these as artillery target markers, allowing them to capture the Golan Heights in two days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Newborns can get jaundice, a condition where the skin turns a shade of yellow due to excess bilirubin, a pigment of red blood cells. mayoclinic.org/diseases-c…
Tehran's Carpet Museum exhibits a variety of Persian carpets, dating from the 16th century to the present. The museum's exterior is designed both to resemble a carpet loom, and to cast shade on the exterior walls, reducing the impact of the hot summer sun on the interior temperature en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Ancient Egyptians are certainly responsible for an early version of umbrella, as recovered art depicts priests and royalty using them for shade as early as 1200BC. rd.com/advice/opening-umb…
Butter is frequently dyed to give it a more appetizing shade of yellow than it naturally possesses. nationalgeographic.com/cu…
Today I learned of the swimming pigs of the Bahamas. They live freely on the beaches, and after basking in the sun for hours, they swim in the surf. The pigs are exceptionally friendly, running from under the shade of the almond trees to greet visitors that bring them treats. travelandleisure.com/arti…
Depression makes a person see the world in more shades of gray, than a non-depressed person ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
Night vision goggles show everything in green and black because the human eye can detect more shades of green than any other colour explainthatstuff.com/hown…
Night vision goggles are green because the human eye can differentiate more shades of green than any other color. sofradir-ec.com/hownightv…
Weather forecasts measure temperatures in the shade, NOT in the sun. azsunblock.com/temperatur…
In response to artist Anish Kapoor buying the exclusive rights to Vantablack pigment, said to be the blackest shade of black, artist Stuart Semple created "the world's pinkest pink", and made it available to anyone except Kapoor; things then got messy. dezeen.com/2016/12/30/ani…
The Eiffel Tower requires 60 tons of paint every seven years and has to be painted by hand with brushes, paint guns or other accessories are prohibited. 3 different shades of colors are applied from bottom to top, to give it a slender appearance. history.com/news/10-thing…

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