When you see the color pink, you might think about any number of things: the panther nemesis of Inspector Clouseau, Floyd’s first name, the last name of Clara Oswald’s boyfriend in Doctor […]
How To See Impossible Colors
This is an article about colors, written by a person who is colorblind. Impossible, you say? So did this writer. In the course of protesting this assignment, however, it was pointed out […]
Bees Snacking on M&M’s Produce Multi-Colored Honey
If you are feeling a bit blue, there’s nothing like a little honey to cheer you up. What do you do if the honey itself is blue?
Coffee, Crypts, Bones, and Friars — the Origin of the Cappuccino
What do coffee, crypts, bones, and friars have in common? No, they aren’t the ingredients for a misguided Halloween party theme. They are, instead, the basis for what may be one of […]
Listen to the Song Written to Usher in the End of the World
In the movie Bill & Ted Face the Music, all of space and time is unraveling, but one song manages to correct the catastrophe and restore order. Alexander Scriabin was a composer […]
Improve Your Memory With These Helpful Mnemonics
Who hasn’t wished to have a better memory? Whether you struggle with recalling the names of people whom you just met, have difficulty with how many “c”s and “m”s to include in […]
Weight Reduction Through Optical Illusion
Watching one’s weight is especially important during the holiday season. Lots of fad diets and dietary products promise miraculous results but ultimately prove to be mere illusions. There is, however, one illusion […]
The Pink Poop Pandemic and the Breakfast Cereal That Caused It
What do monsters eat for breakfast? When Mary Shelley described Frankenstein’s monster, her words were remarkably descriptive. She did not, however, disclose what kind of breakfast cereal the freak of nature might […]
The Colorful Connection Between Television and Black and White Dreams
Think of the most vivid dream you can remember. Was it in color? If so, there’s a good chance you did not spend much of your childhood sitting in front of a […]
Hippo Milk is Pink — and Ten Other Fun Facts about the Hippopotamus
Before you gulp down that glass of strawberry-flavored milk, you’d better make sure that you haven’t grabbed a beverage intended for a baby hippopotamus. The two milks may look identical, but the […]
Look at the Substance That is Too Black to See
Henry Ford boasted that customers of his Model T could have the automobile in any color, as long as it is black. As it turns out, there are a lot more options […]
Won’t You Be My Colorful Neighbor?
Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood had a colorful career and a colorful honor to go with it. In 1996 he was honored by the Binney & Smith factory in Easton, Pennsylvania when he […]
Rhymes With Orange
It is commonly said that no word in the English language rhymes with orange. This amuses the people in Wales who live near the hill named Blorenge.
Salute the Flag and Duck for Cover
While every country is willing to defend its flags with arms, if necessary, only two countries back that up with firearms on their flags.
A Carnation By Any Other Name (or Color or Number) May Not Smell as Sweet
If you think you can’t go wrong with a gift of flowers for the one you love, think again. While flowers tend to be universally regarded as a gift of love or […]