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The colour pink does not exist

Posted on Saturday, 10 March, 2012 | Comment icon 22 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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It's the colour of flamingos, roses and much more - but is there really such a thing as pink light ?

According to scientists, no, there isn't. Pink is a combination of red and violet, colours that occur at opposite ends of the spectrum. When you look at an object that is pink you are seeing certain wavelengths of light reflecting back at you rather than the light itself being pink; in essence pink is a made up colour - your brain is creating it through the translation of light bouncing off of objects.

"It's the favourite of little girls the world over, associated with femininity, springtime and romance."

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Comment icon #13 Posted by missymoo999 on 10 March, 2012, 20:39
What will Hollywood stylists do without pink !?!? And do the flamingos know ?! Actually ,the flamingo gets its coloring from something called astaxanthin. Flamingos are born white.Something they eat contains astaxanthin,which is dark red,and it stains their feathers as they grow,from the inside out. I say pink exists ! and damn the scientists. Next they will say chartreuse doesn't exist,and i will just die of chagrin !
Comment icon #14 Posted by EndOfGreen on 11 March, 2012, 7:31
Hmm, I think this might be true. You can't exactly say if it is true or not really... :L
Comment icon #15 Posted by JayMark on 12 March, 2012, 17:09
Anyways, from another point of view, we could say that nothing exists. Think about it, what we really see are just informations that are converted into electrochemical acitvity inside the brain and interpreted as reality. Same for other 4 senses. So do any color exist or are they simply interpretations of the brain? And how does the brain convert all this electrochemical activity in what we call consciousness? I think consciousness is what everything is really about. But that's my point of view. As John Eccles, Nobel Prize winning neurophysicist already said: "I want you to know that there are... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by 95-Nasty on 13 March, 2012, 12:32
Well, my daughter will be very upset, her favourite colour is pink! Try telling a 3 year old that pink dosnt exist.
Comment icon #17 Posted by CURIOUZ on 16 March, 2012, 9:54
Comment icon #18 Posted by Eldorado on 16 March, 2012, 12:53
If we teach a young, that the RED is called Green..Then what will happen??????? Think about it! They will crash every car and/or bicycle they own?
Comment icon #19 Posted by JayMark on 16 March, 2012, 14:13
I JUST HAVE A ONE QUESTION FOR ALL OF YOU BRAINY PEOPLE. I.E. DOES THE COLOR EXIST AT ALL? I MEAN ANY COLOR.. I THINK IT IS ALL RELATIVE TO THE INDIVIDUAL SENSOR AND PROCESSOR AND EXPERIENCE.. If we teach a young, that the RED is called Green..Then what will happen??????? Think about it! Diffrent colors are simply photons of the visible light spectrum with diffrent wavelenghts. There is a few pure colors (specific wavelenght) and the rest is a combination of those. So red (pure red), by difinition is light with a wavelenght of 700nm while green is of 530nm. So if you tell a kid that red is gre... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Eihpospiritamer on 25 March, 2012, 13:27
Okay, maybe it doesn't exist "scientifacly" but what if pink isn't a colour but just the name? What if pink is the name of the mix between red and violet? Because think of the colours blue, yellow and red. They're the basic primary colours, but the mixes between them have names, e.g. the mix between yellow and blue is green, red and blue is purple, red and yellow makes orange and so on. And yes, pink is not in the official basic colour wheel, but purple and red is. So I think pink is just a name of a mix.
Comment icon #21 Posted by someoldguy on 7 April, 2012, 3:46
Wait a minute! I thought pink was a combination of red and white, not violet!
Comment icon #22 Posted by space11498 on 9 April, 2012, 13:11
If this site is already given then sorry Magenta Ain't A Colour

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