Some Things Have Their Color for a Reason

Some Things Have Their Color for a Reason


It’s half-past too-early AM, and to wake my
tired body up, I unlock my phone’s home screen to check my social media. That’s when my
sleep-deprived brain notices something I’ve never spotted before: most social media icons
on the screen are blue! Blue? Weird, but it seems some things are the color they are for
a reason. Well just “Color My World” why don’tcha? Here’s my quick list. 1. Yellow Traffic Light
At the beginning of the 20th century, streets were becoming increasingly more crowded with
people and cars. It was getting dangerous, and then William Potts, a Detroit police officer,
suggested the first modern-type, 3-color traffic lights. He got this idea from railroad signal
lights: red, white, and green. But since yellow is more visible, it soon replaced the white
light. 2. Green Dollar Bills
With the number of counterfeiters growing in the middle of the 18th century, dollar
bills needed some protection. That’s when a special green ink was developed. If someone
tampered with it, this immediately messed up the bill’s black ink. And since then, even
after more secure methods of protection were invented, the dollar’s color has never changed. 3. Yellow and Light-Green Highlighters
Highlighters are filled with a special semi-transparent fluorescent ink that can glow in dim light.
They can be different colors – blue, pink, purple, orange – but the most popular ones
are yellow and light-green. The reason is that they don’t prevent you from seeing the
text after black-and-white photocopying. Photocopiers perceive yellow and light-green marks as very
pale, almost white, and don’t print them. 4. Green Pool Table
The modern game of pool is the descendant of trucco or lawn billiards. This game was
a variation of ground billiards and became popular in 17th-century Europe. People equipped
with heavy balls and large cues played the game – any guesses? – right, on the lawn!
And since grass is green, they later started to cover pool tables with green felt to preserve
this tradition. 5. Blue Jeans
Like highlighters, jeans now come in all kinds of colors – but blue is the classic. In
its early days, denim was colored with a natural indigo dye. Unlike other dyes, which penetrated
cotton fibers, the blue one stuck to the thread’s surface. So the more people washed jeans,
the more stylishly faded they looked. Later, natural indigo dye was replaced with a synthetic
one, but the signature blue faded effect remained the same! 6. Blue Social Media Icons
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype, Telegram – all have blue icons. People associate
the color blue with safety, peacefulness, and trust. To the point that it even lowers
a person’s heart rate! It encourages us to use these platforms to calmly share our
thoughts and photos. Plus, blue isn’t an aggressive color (like red – which speeds up your pulse!),
so instead of feeling cautious, you can concentrate on communication or reading content. 7. Yellow Bananas
When a banana first sprouts, it’s always green thanks to chlorophyll (the green plant pigment)
in its peel. But as the fruit ripens, chemical reactions inside its peel break the chlorophyll
down. Its levels drop, the fruit loses its bright green coloring, and yellow pigments
become more visible. Same thing happens when leaves change in the fall – they lose the
green, and other warmer pigments are simply revealed! 8. Soccer Penalty Cards
Until the 70s, there were only verbal warnings in soccer. But it led to plenty of misunderstanding
and truly confusing situations when players didn’t know they’d received a warning. That’s
when bright penalty cards appeared. Yellow ones were used to caution players who were
guilty of light foul play. And more aggressive red cards meant rule violations so extreme
that players had to leave the field. 9. The Yellow Pages
In 1883, a printer in Wyoming was working on a phone book (remember those?) when it
ran out of white paper. The person operating it didn’t think twice and used yellow sheets
instead. It caught on, and since then, business listings have been printed on yellow paper
and called “the yellow pages.” And non-commercial listings are on white sheets, a.k.a. “the
white pages.” 10. White Planes
White is the most popular color for painting aircraft. For one, this color reflects sunlight
most effectively, which doesn’t let the plane heat up too much. All kinds of cracks, dents,
and other damage are more visible on the white background, meaning the fault can be spotted
and repaired as fast as possible. And finally, it’s cheaper to buy white airplanes because
it’s the color they have after production. Easier to sell them too – nobody wants to
repaint a big bright pink jet! Speaking of pink… 11. Pink Flamingos
Flamingos are born gray but later turn pink because of their diet. They eat a lot of tiny
shrimps and a certain type of algae – which are both packed with a special pigment. When
the flamingo’s liver processes this pigment, the pink molecules travel throughout the bird’s
body, painting them the flamingo’s trademark color. 12. The Yellow River
The Huang He is China’s second-longest river and the seventh-longest in the world. Its
total length is greater than the distance between Los Angeles and New York! As for the
nickname and unusual hue, the Yellow River carries billions of tons of yellow silt. 13. Red Carpets
In Ancient Greece, purple and red were the colors of nobility because both were expensive
and rare. Only wealthy people could afford to buy and wear such bold colors. No wonder
the first mention of “red carpets” dates back to 458 BCE! Red fabric dye remained more expensive
than other colors until the 18th century, and red clothing screamed of its owner’s status.
Later, synthetic dyes came out, but red was still associated with a luxurious life. 14. Red Stop Signs
The very first stop signs didn’t have any specific color or shape, and it confused drivers
and sometimes led to accidents. Then stop signs with black letters on a yellow background
appeared. The first choice was actually a red background, but all red dyes tended to
fade over time. Stop signs weren’t reflective, and yellow was the second-best choice to make
them noticeable. But in the mid-20th century, a red porcelain enamel that didn’t fade was
invented. With this problem out of the picture, stop signs became red with white lettering. 15. Blue Sky
All light coming from the sun gets scattered in the atmosphere. But the blue light travels
as smaller, shorter waves. That’s why it gets spread even more than other colors. It makes
you see the sky as bright blue on a clear sunny day. But at sunset, all you see is pink,
red, orange, or yellow. That’s because the sun is at another angle, and its light must
travel through more of the atmosphere. More scattering of the spectrum’s red side happens,
and you see breathtaking warm colors. 16. Oranges
This fruit can grow in different climate zones, and its color depends on where it ripens.
If it grows in a cooler place with changing seasons, its skin turns orange as soon as
the temperature drops. It happens because chlorophyll breaks down when there isn’t
as much sun, and your eyes can see the orange pigment. (Same thing with bananas, remember?)
But if an orange grows in an always hot and sunny climate, chlorophyll remains intact,
and the fruit stays green! 17. Bread Tags
Bread tag colors aren’t random – they indicate the day the bread was baked on. In most cases,
the tag color scheme goes like this: Monday is blue, Tuesday – green, Thursday – red,
Friday – white, and Saturday – yellow. This makes it easier for grocery store employees
to remove stale bread from the shelves and replace it with freshly baked loaves, since
they don’t need to read the tiny print on the tag. To remember the colors, keep in mind
that they go in alphabetical order. Not Roy. G. Biv, unfortunately… 18. Basketball
The first basketballs were brown because they were made of brownish leather. But a brown-colored
ball was difficult to see for both players and fans since the wooden court is brown too.
That’s when they decided to make them a bright unmistakable orange. Impressed with
how this hue changed everything, the authorities adopted the new ball, and it became a standard
for all basketball organizations. Hey, if you learned something new today, then
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100 thoughts on “Some Things Have Their Color for a Reason”

  1. Well then how come Cherry Kool-Aid doesn't cost all that much? I guess if I drink Cherry Kool-Aid and those single serve Kool Aid singles then I'm rich rich rich rich! And cherry pop I'm rich to that stuff you buy at the dollar store to wow!

  2. "For a reason"? But everything happens for a reason, so saying "for a reason" doesn't mean much. Maybe you should try "for a purpose" instead.

  3. "The dollar's color has never changed"? That's a huge line of bullcrap! The bills from the recent 2 decades or so have had a lot more color added to them since then! They're prettier now!

  4. Isn't it funny (peculiar) that blue is a calming color, and it is the color most associated with males, and today males–especially WHITE ALPHA males–are perceived as threats?

  5. I have seen pool tables that weren’t green my ex-girlfriend had one that was brown and I have even seen pool tables that were blue and others that were red

  6. The reason why Facebook is blue is because Mark Zuckerberg is Red-green colorblind, and blue is the color that he sees best

  7. Pool tables come with many color felts. Red has become very popular in the past few years but I have seen tan, rust, and green as well.

  8. Actually red paint is the most resilient. That is why they use it on the Golden gate bridge and almost every barn ever constructed.

  9. You are so wrong about green color for the pool table
    It's because so comfortable for eyes and since it's long and you have lights on the table the green doesn't reflect the light

  10. Me: hears why flamingos are pink.
    Also me: how many shrimps do you have to eat before you make your skin turn pink? Eat too much and you’ll get sick. Shrimps are pretty rich!

  11. The one about blue may be true. But for Facebook it's not. Mark Zuckerburg is green red color blind that's why it's blue.

  12. 1: traffic lights are yellow because it’s more visible than white…

    2: dollar bills are green because of tamper resistant ink…

    3: yellow and green highlighters are that way because they won’t be picked up by copy machines when scanned…

    4: Pool tables are green because the sport originated on grass…

    5: Blue jeans are blue due to a die that gives them that faded look after multiple washes…

    6: Social media icons are blue because people consider it a safe color…

    7: Bananas are yellow due to chemical breakdown of chlorophyll…

    8: Soccer penalty cards were used because it’s easier to tell a player about a penalty…

    9: Phone books have yellow pages because the guy making the first phone book ran out of white paper…

    10: most airplanes are white because it reflects sunlight, allows defects to be visible, and is cheaper…

    11: Flamingos are pink based off of their diet…

    12: the yellow river carries yellow silt…

    13: red carpets and dies used to be made with rare ingredients that only the wealthy could afford…

    14: stop signs are red because white was confusing and a new fade resistant enamel came out…

    15: Sky is blue because blue light scatters more…

    16: Oranges turn orange due to breakdown in chlorophyll…

    17: bread tags are color coated based off what day of the week they were made…

    18: basketballs are orange because it’s easier to see.

  13. Huang He is not pronounced as Huang HE, it's more like Her but don't pronounce the r too much, just like how you would say her in british english.

  14. In Australia we still have the yellow pages but are that thin that they get delivered into our letter boxes now. Unlike in the olden days, where they were too think to fit into the mail box

  15. Intellectual: understands use of color
    Volleyball umpires: Let us paint the court orange to make the ball difficult to see

  16. Thanks for an explanation.
    – I didn't know much about colors of cards in soccer, that there're yellow and red cards now, because there were confusing verbal warnings before them. 😉 🙂

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