Here are 46 Interesting Facts About Colors.

1-5 Interesting Facts About Colors

1. Color blind people tend to have better night vision and can sometimes see the luminosity of colors that normal-sighted people can’t. With this ability, and the fact that they perceptive colors differently, the U.S. Army discovered that the colorblind could see ‘camouflage’ colors that are hard to see with normal color vision. This gives them the unique ability to see hidden enemies better at night. – Source

2. Crayola’s “Flesh” color was renamed Peach in 1962, reflecting the fact that flesh comes in many different colors. It was considered racist to imply that flesh is or should be of that color. – Source

3. Some women are tetrachromatic, a genetic mutation that causes them to have four color cones in their eyes instead of the normal three cones. This allows them to perceive about 100 million colors, as compared with the roughly one million colors most of us can see. – Source

4. The color orange is named after the appearance of the ripe orange fruit. Before this word was introduced to the English-speaking world, the color orange was referred to as Geoluhread meaning yellowish red. – Source

5. The colored dots found on aluminum soda cans near the nutrition information consist of all of the colors used in the can design. If a can makes it through production and its red dot, for example, is faded or absent, then laborers will be able to trace the problem to the single machine applying red color, without shutting down all of the machines. – Source

6-10 Interesting Facts About Colors


6. The most common color for highlighters is yellow because it doesn’t leave a shadow on the page when photocopied. – Source

7. Germany’s racing color is silver because, in 1934, one of their cars was barely overweight, so they just scrapped the paint off leaving the silver body. The car won and the color stuck. – Source

8. The Sun is actually white. When viewed from space or a high altitude, it appears in its true color of white. When viewed from a low altitude, atmospheric rendering makes it appear to be yellowish. – Source

9. Night vision goggles use green phosphor because the human eye can differentiate more shades of green than any other color, allowing for greater differentiation of objects in the picture. – Source

10. There are colors that are too complex for the human eye called “Impossible Colors.” – Source

11-15 Interesting Facts About Colors

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

12. Redheads require up to 20% more anesthesia to be knocked out (compared to people of other hair colors). – Source

13. A June 1918 article from the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department said, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” – Source

14. On the set of Sweeney Todd, the fake blood was colored orange to render correctly on the desaturated color film used. – Source

15. The colors of fire hydrants give a reasonably accurate picture as to how much water flow and pressure they can provide.- Source

16-20 Interesting Facts About Colors

Purple Cloth

16. In the Middle Ages, those who dyed blue fabric and red fabric were members of different guilds and were forbidden to dye any other colors than those of their own guild. Therefore purple cloth was rare.- Source

17. An Israeli chemistry professor has invented an “anti-date rape straw” that detects date rape drugs present in a drink and alerts the victim by changing color – Source

18. Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal, have excellent day and night vision, but they have two-color or dichromatic vision. Their color vision is somewhat similar to red-green color blindness in humans, where certain colors, especially red and related colors, appear as shades of green. – Source

19. Most people dream in color, but for those who grew up watching monochrome television, there is a good chance that they dream also in black and white. – Source

20. Chedder cheese is only orange because they dye it. Originally, the color of cheese changed with the season due to the cow’s diet. Farmers started dyeing it to eliminate seasonal color fluctuations. This escalated to the current day orange color. – Source

21-25 Interesting Facts About Colors


21. Crayola’s most senior crayon molder, Emerson Moser, when he was retiring after 37 years and molding approximately 1.4 billion crayons, revealed that he was actually color blind. – Source

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

23. Pencils have been painted yellow ever since the 1890s. The world’s best pencil graphite came from China. In China, the color yellow is associated with royalty, so American pencil manufacturers started painting their pencils yellow to indicate they contained high-quality Chinese graphite. – Source

24. In the 1980s, a team in New York, showed that an enzyme from green coffee beans could remove the B antigen from red blood cells, turning any blood type into group O, the universal donor. – Source

25. Your veins look blue because subcutaneous fat only allows blue light to penetrate skin all the way to veins, so this is the color that is reflected back. – Source

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Last Update: March 8, 2021