Isaac Newton set out the colors of the rainbow we memorize today. However, he originally didn’t include orange or indigo. He only added them later because of his occult belief that there must be 7 separate colors, just like there are 7 notes in a musical scale and 7 days of the week.
The town of Larkhall, Scotland, hates the color green so much that their Subway is painted black instead.
Pantone 448 C, the “world’s ugliest color” according to research, is used by many European countries on their tobacco products to dissuade people from smoking.
A woman from Northern England has 4 functioning color cones (most of us have only 3) and that due to this she can see 99 million more colors than the average person.
Some humans can be tetrachromats, which gives them the ability to see more colors than a normal human, like Concetta Antico, an Australian artist who can see 100 times more colors than a regular human.
There are only 2 countries in the world whose flags contain neither red, white, nor blue: Jamaica and Mauritania.
The reason we say “redhead” instead of “orangehead”” for hair color is because English didn’t differentiate between the colors until the 1540s, long after the term was coined.
Purple is known as a ‘royal’ color because back when they relied only on natural dyes, purple came from sea snails and was the hardest dye to extract and produce so only royals could afford it. To put into perspective just how expensive it is, an ounce of gold is currently worth around $1,200. An ounce of Tyrian purple dye is worth roughly $100,000.
Men and women see colors differently. In general, women are better at discriminating among colors while men excel at tracking fast-moving objects and discerning detail from a distance.
The walls of the house in The Addams Family were actually a bright pink. This is because, on black and white film, pastel colors like green and pink showed up as a light, dingy shades of gray.