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 1990 film Dick Tracy only used seven colors in the movie, all of them exactly the same shade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
"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/…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
Red hair dye fades faster than other shades because the red dye molecule is larger than other colors. huffingtonpost.com.au/201…
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…
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…
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…
Many languages traditionally don't distinguish between green and blue, instead considering them shades of one color. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
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…
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…
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…
Butter is frequently dyed to give it a more appetizing shade of yellow than it naturally possesses. nationalgeographic.com/cu…
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…
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…
**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…
The tooth is a product of 4 components: enamel, cementum, pulp, and dentin. Everyone's dentin is shade of yellow and dentin cannot be whitened smilebrilliant.com/articl…
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…
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…
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…
50 Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fan-fiction. But after criticism that they were too provocative for the fan sites E.L. James decided to remove the vampire elements and publish them as a book. The book would go on to sell 125 million copies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
Weather forecasts measure temperatures in the shade, NOT in the sun. azsunblock.com/temperatur…
Depression makes a person see the world in more shades of gray, than a non-depressed person ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
"Fifty Shades of Grey" started out as fan-fiction of the "Twilight" series. newsweek.com/el-james-fif…
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…
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…
That, as of 2009, the two most commonly played songs on British radio are β€˜A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by Procol Harum and β€˜Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen. Coincidentally, both songs contain the unusual word β€˜fandango’ in their lyrics. clashmusic.com/news/most-…
The UK's best-selling book of all time is Fifty Shades of Grey. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The Eiffel Tower is painted in 3 different shades of the same colour, so it looks uniform from a distance. toureiffel.paris/en/the-m…
Some black cats have recessive genes that make them look a different color under sunlight. Cats with the B gene will look black, b gene will look chocolate, and b' gene will look cinnamon. Spending too long under sunlight may start "rusting" and the cat will look that way on the shade too. paws-and-effect.com/why-i…
Until 1925, a common shade of brown was made from the flesh of Egyptian mummies huffpost.com/entry/weird-…
Vantablack (the darkest artificial substance) was licensed to artist Anish Kapoor. In retaliation, artist Stuart Semple banned Kapoor from buying the strong shade of pink that Semple had developed, meaning anyone can buy and use the pink besides Kapoor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Night vision goggles are green because the human eye can differentiate more shades of green than any other color. sofradir-ec.com/hownightv…
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…
In 2015 in LA, 96 million plastic balls known as "Shade Balls" were thrown into the water in an effort to conserve 300 million gallons of water youtube.com/watch?v=mEmwJ…
Today I learned about the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree that sheds its bark to reveal shades of green, orange, blue, purple and maroon. owlcation.com/stem/The-Ra…
Originally, the classic banker's lamp had a green shade to lessen one's eyestrain due to early incandescent lights. The green eye visor commonly worn by accountants, telegraphers, and copy editors in the late-19th and mid-20th century were worn for similar reasons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Night vision goggles emit a green colored viewfinder because the human eyes are more sensitive to green light as we can see more shades of green than most other colors. The green color is also less strenuous to the eyes which is why older computers had green displays. explainthatstuff.com/hown…
The average color of all light in the universe is a shade of beige called Cosmic Latte en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Unlike most birds, peacocks do not derive their colors purely from pigments, but from a combination of pigments and photonic Crystals. This combination causes the feathers to reflect different wavelengths of light depending upon the angle and produces iridescent shades of blue, green and yellow. sciencing.com/colors-peac…
Today I learned about Caca Dauphin. A fashion craze based on the poop color of Marie Antoinettes son. It was fashionable to spend thousands of dollars to dress in the particular shade of brown the young prince excreted. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
The 1980’s song "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" is widely misinterpreted as a positive outlook on the future. Writer Pat MacDonald explained the song is actually about a grim outlook, even hinting that the β€œbright future” was in fact due to an impending nuclear holocaust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is a shade of purple officially known as Psychedlic Purple or Phlox ... A Jimi Hendrix Museum in the Haight-Ashbury / San Francisco was once painted this color en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Connecticut grown "shade" tobacco is used for the outer wrapper of cigars, and is widely considered to be one of the best cigar wrappers in the world. cigaraficionado.com/artic…
Suzanne Simard tested a theory that trees could communicate with each other. She discovered that when a Douglas Fir tree was in the shade, a Birch tree shared its carbon with the other tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suz…
There's a shade of blue that doesn't reproduce on a black and white copy machine or grayscale scan. It's used extensively in the graphic design industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
"50 Shades of Grey" was developed from a "Twilight" fanfiction en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
The worst Star Trek Next Generation episode is widely regarded to be "Shades of Gray". It was a previous clip show created due to a lack of funds left over from other episodes during the second season and the writer, Maurice Hurley, refers to it as a "piece of shit". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
That, according to Eurodotus, lines from the movie "300" like "Tonight we dine in Hell" and "We fight in the shade" were really spoken in the real battle of Thermopylae historyvshollywood.com/re…
The use of color Vantablack (the darkest shade of black) is exclusive to only one artist, Anish Kapoor. No other artist is supposed to use it to create art with it. news.artnet.com/art-world…
Night vision goggles are green because the human eye can differentiate more shades of green than any other color. hownightvisionworks.com
The Star-Spangled Banner's particular shade of red shows up in 14.3 percent of all national flags, making it the second most common color after white. And the dark blue of the American flag's canton is also shared by 13 other nations. time.com/patriotic-flag-c…
The Eiffel Tower is painted in three shades, progressively lighter with elevation, in order to augment the structure’s silhouette against the canvas of the Parisian sky history.com/news/10-thing…
The Canadian Armed Forces consider navy blue as a shade of black en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nav…
The human brain doesn't perceive total blackness when there is no light present; it instead perceives Eigengrau, a shade of dark gray, because contrast is more important to the visual system than absolute brightness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
Robin eggs are blue for a good reason. The male Robin responds to the colour of the eggs depending on the shade of blue they are. The paler the eggs are are, less time will be spent on the chicks once they hatch. The darker the shade of blue and the male will feed the chick twice as much. youtu.be/8H3vKG6PpBk
The reason traditional Asian roofs curve out at the corners is to allow more light to enter the windows in winter and give more shade in summer. ancient.eu/Korean_Archite…
The Eiffel Tower requires 60 to 70 tonnes of paint to cover the entire structure. The tower is also painted a lighter shade at the bottom and a darker shade near the top to counteract the effect of atmospheric perspective. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eif…
Mission Control acknowledged a thousand year old Chinese myth when it asked the Apollo 11 crew to keep an eye out for a beautiful Chinese girl named Chang-O who lived on the moon and a large rabbit standing in the shade of a cinnamon tree books.google.ca/books?id=…
You can still differentiate between East/West Germany from space, because the different types of streetlamps used give off different shades of light theguardian.com/world/sho…
Today I learned about Sapphire Copepods. These see-through critters have no bioluminescent properties, yet seem to shine in wonderful shades of blue to gold due to their ingenious translucent crystalline skin. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Following the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, rope sales in hardware stores skyrocketed. businessinsider.com/fifty…
The word "set" has more than 430 shades of definition, requiring a set of 60K words to fully define. businessinsider.com/the-l…
There are 5.2 million trees in New York; 25 percent of the city is covered in shade. cupblog.org/?p=844
"Lawrence of Arabia" and "50 Shades of Grey" were edited by the same person latimes.com/entertainment…
Night vision goggles are green because we see in more shades of green than any other colour. theuntweetabletruth.com/2…
Honeybees in France were feeding off discarded colored M&M shells, turning their honey to shades of green and blue. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Many languages do not have separate words for blue and green, they are considered different shades of the same colour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned about Rod Monochromacy, a form of color blindness in which one can see only black, white, and shades of grey. It is very rare, only affecting 1 in every 30,000 people worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
During the 2007 baseball season, the Los Angeles Dodgers added an infielder named Chin-Lung Hu. After Hu singled in his third at-bat in a game on September 23, Dodgers announcer Vin Scully said, "Shades of Abbott and Costello, I can finally say, 'Hu is on first base.'" en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/W…
Harlequin is a shade of green that's between green and yellow (closer to green than yellow) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In c. 1998, a NY entrepreneur created Ebon-aide, a "bandage exclusively designed for people of color" which came in shades called black licorice, coffee brown, cinnamon, and honey beige. The company folded in c. 2002. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The US military owns a private resort at Walt Disney World called Shades of Green shadesofgreen.org/home.ht…
Groot is also known by: "His Divine Majesty King Groot the 23rd, Monarch of Planet X, custodian of the branch worlds, ruler of all the shades" marvel.wikia.com/Groot_%2…
There were once tan-colored M&Ms but they were replaced with blue M&Ms because the Mars candy company decided that having two shades of brown was unnecessary content.time.com/time/spe…
The sky can appear to be any color of the rainbow; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet as well as shades of Gray, Black and White. Green is the rarest and is usually only seen in extreme weather (i.e. tornados). youtube.com/watch?v=isrHU…
Today I learned about the Halloween genes called spook, spookier, phantom, disembodied, shadow, and shade genes that are expressed during fruit fly development. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Language can prompt speakers to pay attention to certain features of the world. Russian speakers are faster to distinguish shades of blue than English speakers, for example. And Japanese speakers tend to group objects by material rather than shape... sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
The retinas of Robins contains Cryptochrome, a protein which allows them to see magnetic fields. The magnetic fields are visualised as patterns of light and shade and perhaps colour, onto the visual imagery. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Today I learned about Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier that stayed at his master's grave for 14 years until his death. Shades of Seymore! dogheirs.com/larne/posts/…
There is a rare form of colorblindness called achromatopsia that causes the individual to see in black, white, and shades of grey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ach…
A small section of the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is disputed between Copts & Ethiopians monks. At least one Coptic monk sits on the spot to express this claim. On a hot day he moved his chair 20cm into the shade. This was interpreted as a hostile act & 11 people were hospitalised atlasobscura.com/places/i…
The phrases "Yas" and "throwing shade" originated in 80s LGBT cultural huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
There's No Such Thing As Black Hair. It's Just The Darkest Possible Shade Of Brown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In 2013, the London Fire Brigade released a campaign titled "Fifty Shades of Red," which discouraged men from performing sex acts with toasters and other household appliances. theguardian.com/commentis…
John Kay, front man for Steppenwolf, at age 4, escaped with his mother from East Germany, through barbed wire and a tunnel & He always wore his trademark shades because he was legally blind from achromatopsia achromatopsia.info/john-k…
Universal sued the porno parody of the Fifty Shades movie, because it would "cause Plaintiffs irreparable harm by poisoning public perception of the Fifty Shades Trilogy" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fif…
50 Shades of Grey saved a small town in Maine by requiring enough paper to keep the mill open. policymic.com/articles/12…
If you eat an excessive amount of carrots, your skin will turn an orangish/yellow shade. blogs.scientificamerican.…
The birth of the the dauphin (the heir to the French throne) Louis-Joseph in 1781 set a fashion trend using a new shade of brown, "caca-dauphin", the color of the baby's bowel movements. theconversation.com/forni…
Dakota Johnson's pubic hair was CGI on Fifty Shades of Grey. io9.gizmodo.com/the-lates…
There is a tribe in Africa who break the color spectrum into different sections in their language, allowing them to easily distinguish between shades of green we see as identical but become baffled trying to distinguish blue from green. youtube.com/watch?v=jlOv-…
The function of stabilimenta (intricate web-decorations) made by orb-weaver spiders may be to attract ultra-violet sensitive insect prey. Their purpose is still subject to debate in the scientific community. Suggestions include bird scarers, mating signs, sun shades, camouflage & stabilisers. bbc.co.uk/nature/19639387
In 2013, the London Fire Brigade released a campaign titled "Fifty Shades of Red", discouraging young men from performing sexual acts with toasters, as they had received numerous calls in response to the acts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toa…
Many languages do not have separate words for blue and green, they are considered different shades of the same color en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…

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