Unusual and Fun Facts About Colour

We take colour for granted most of the time – but do you know these fun facts about colour?

  • The human eye can distinguish approximately 10 million different colours.
  • Babies are born without the ability to see colour. They initially see the world in black and white and develop colour vision as they grow. At about 1 month, your little one can detect the brightness and intensity of colours, and over the next few months may start to see several basic colorus, including red. Your baby’s colour vision is fully developed by about 4 months, when they’ll be able to see lots of colours and even shades of colours.
  • There is no colour in the dark. Colorus are perceived through light, and in the absence of light, everything appears black.
  • The colour white is not considered a colour in the world of physics. Instead, it is considered the presence of all colours or the absence of colour.
  • The colour yellow is the most visible colour in daylight and can be seen from the farthest distance.
  • The colour red can make your heart beat faster and increase your blood pressure.
  • The world’s favorite colour is blue, according to multiple surveys conducted across different countries.
  • Some cultures do not have specific words to describe certain colours. For example, the Himba people of Namibia have no word for blue and struggle to differentiate it from green.
  • Colour-blind people can still see colours; however, they have difficulty distinguishing between certain shades or hues. Also known as colour vision deficiency, it affects a significant portion of the population. The most common type is red-green colour blindness. Men are much more likely to be colourblind than women because the genes responsible for the most common, inherited colour blindness are on the X chromosome.
  • The Mona Lisa’s lips have no visible colour. The painting is known for its subtle gradations and the absence of strong, vibrant colours.
  • The colour black is often associated with mourning and sadness in Western culture, while in many Asian cultures, white is the colour of mourning.
  • Indigo is considered one of the seven traditional colours of the rainbow, along with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
  • Turquoise gets its name from the gemstone of the same name, which is often blue-green in colour.
  • The colour silver is associated with futuristic and technological concepts due to its association with machines and sleek designs.
  • Pink was traditionally associated with boys, while blue was associated with girls in Western culture until the mid-20th century.
  • The colour purple has been historically associated with royalty and luxury because it was once very expensive to produce purple dye.
  • The colour orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around. The word “orange” was first used to describe the colour in the 16th century.
  • The world’s oldest known pigments are believed to be a shade of red and were discovered in a 100,000-year-old cave in South Africa.
  • Colour therapy, also known as chromotherapy, is a holistic healing practice that uses colours to promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • Different colours can affect appetite. For example, red and yellow are known to stimulate hunger, while blue suppresses appetite.
  • The colour of food can affect our perception of taste. For example, studies have shown that people perceive food as being sweeter when it is presented on a pink plate.
  • These fun facts highlight the fascinating and diverse aspects of colour perception and its influence on various aspects of our lives.

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