Brain and Body

10 of the Wildest Things About Color

December 14, 2015 | Kelly Tatera

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The rainbow actually contains more hues than there are stars in our sky, we just can’t see them.

Color is undeniably a beautiful part of the human experience, but everyone experiences it a little bit differently. Incredibly, there are even some people in the world, called tetrachromats, who can see thousands of “invisible” colors that the rest of us can’t see.

In a video made by Youtube user, geobeats, the narrator shares 10 fascinating facts about color, starting with the fact that men and women see color very differently. Women are better adapted to detect slight differences between colors, while different hues tend to simply blend together for men.

Geobeats also describes how rainbows actually contain hundreds of thousands more colors than the common ROYGBIV acronym taught in school. In fact, they contain more color hues than there are stars in our sky! We just can’t see them.

Did you know that people can actually be afraid of colors? It’s a condition called chromatophobia, and the fear can either represent a phobia of all colors, or a fear of just one color, which then has its own specific phobia name. For example, cyanophobics are struck with terror when they see blue, and chlorophobics can’t bear to look at green.

Those who are afraid of the color pink might be surprised to learn that the color pink doesn’t actually exist. Our brains perceive the color we see as “pink,” but in fact, all we’re seeing is white light without the green part of the spectrum.

What color grabs attention quicker than all colors in the world? Hint: You might think it’s red, but it’s not. Or when it comes to color, what do about 70 percent of supermarket meats have in common? (The answer might gross you out.)

The answers to all of these burning questions and more fun facts are all packed in geobeats’ fascinating video. Check it out below.




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