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  1. Peter at |

    When I clicked on the story via Neatorama, I did not expect to see my photo used as an example of the color gamboge since it is not the best example of the color.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      I rather liked it. Can you provide any better examples?

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  2. Avarana at |

    United Nations blue looks a lot like Corn Flower Blue:
    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cornflower_blue

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  3. Adam at |

    That's 9 weird colors I haven't heard of, Falu red is general knowledge in Sweden. :)

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  4. Onkl Mawks at |

    How about fluorescent grey???

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  5. Deepu Balan at |

    Really interesting piece of info… Hearing these color names for the first time. thanks for sharing.

    -Deepu

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  6. JUKABUCA at |

    This is ridiculous, i could choose any color and be like, this color is JJulia.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      What are you waiting for? Actually, I would use your name, Jukabuca. Feels like it should be a deep purple. You have our support.

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      1. onebadasswhiteboy at |

        (EPIC)

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  7. jason at |

    haha Caput what happen to the good old colors like blue red and green

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  8. Biz at |

    Well, it would be difficult to find the names for the millions of colors of the light specter. It is no wander that every now and then some new "shizu-mizu" kind of color name appear. :-)

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  9. Peter in Denmark at |

    The reason Falu red (also known as Dalar-red, "red of the valleys", named after a distrikt in Sweden) is so suited to preserve wood is that it has a high iron content.

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  10. username at |

    yellow has long been my favorite color, but I do think gamboge will now take its place :) beautiful little list. Thank you!

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  11. Why? at |

    I see a penis in #8…wtf….

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    1. Pan at |

      Oh, sorry not everyone shares your delusion that animals don't have genitals.

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      1. Why? at |

        Wow…clever one Pan.

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        1. Navi at |

          Lmao

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  12. Daniel at |

    Well since being a swede And a house painter I've heard "Falu red" before :)

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  13. Tina at |

    Razzmatazz? How is that uncommon? It was a crayola color! :)

    Love the rest though!

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  14. jezzika at |

    hahah here in aus, razzmatazz is the name of stocking brands! theres no pink there! haha

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  15. Shacylah at |

    lol what color does my name sound like "shacylah" im the first and only in the world –its pernounced Sha-Key-luh

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Light Shacylah?

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      1. Shacylah at |

        yes like does it sound like a kind of red or maybe a pink ?? idk what do you think??

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        1. HAROLD at |

          i think mabye like a sky blue

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  16. Donna Frasca at |

    Great post, interesting colors – some are new to me too and I don’t like that crazy beet looking thing! Wasn’t Zanadu a movie with Olivia Newton John? I think it bombed.
    Thanks!

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  17. Marc at |

    Aw, those are nuthin'! There used to be a dye pigment called "Uranium Yellow." Can't get it any more for some reason; I understand the color positively glowed. You can get an artist's pigment called Indian Yellow, but it's unlikely it's manufactured in the traditional manner: from the urine of cows fed an exclusive diet of mango leaves. In the 19th century there used to be a very popular grayish brown pigment called "Mummy." It fell out of favor when the news got around that it was actually made from ground-up Egyptian mummies. There was quite a brisk trade in mummies for that very reason.

    Until recently paint manufacturers have no obligation to reveal the contents of their pigments. I know I'd been painting with Flake White for ten years before I found out it was carbonate of lead. The full chemical names of the popular Thalo colors are phthalocyanine blue and phthalocyanine green. For some reason the manufacturers chose not to call it "cyanide blue." Vermilion contains mercury. The obsolete colors realgar, orpiment and Emerald Green all contained arsenic (Emerald Green was so poisonous it was sold as an insecticide).

    With the exception of the earth colors, virtually all artist pigments are poisonous to a greater or lesser degree. When you think of watercolorists pointing their brushes with their mouths, it makes you shudder. Caveat pictor!

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  18. Jon H at |

    Names are nice and can be romantic, fun, whatever, but I think colors should always be labeled with their spectrum frequency. Every color has it's own frequency. And every person's retina is slightly different. "Color blind" people don't see in black and white, they just can't discern the difference between certain colors. So every person will sense a color slightly differently. Using frequencies puts a definitive (as opposed to subjective) label on a color. The formula to achieve that frequency does not need to be revealed (unless it's harmful in some way).

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    1. Jon H at |

      Of course, I have OCD and like precision. But it makes sense to me.

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      1. InappropriateStarches at |

        I like that idea. It would make it MUCH simpler for people learning coding as well…. but then Pokemon wouldn’t be as fun. Would you rather get your 6th bade in #eeaa11 Town, or Saffron City?

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  19. B at |

    How about International Klein Blue? Invented by and named for noted modern artist Yves Klein: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Klein_

    It is, according to Klein, the color of the "void."

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  20. S at |

    falu red is famous in sweden

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  21. Tina at |

    My bike is United Nation's Blue!! :P

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  22. michaela at |

    "razzmatazz" is in the crayola 64 colors box. i knew that one =]

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    1. Josh at |

      me too

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  23. Peter Johnson and Th at |

    You forgot Jay-Z Blue lol

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  24. Anon at |

    Ever heard of ‘Hooker’s Green’
    Made combining ‘Prussian blue’ and ‘Gamboge’

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  25. Kolin the novice Art expert at |

    Ive heard about half of them colors!

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  26. Lisa at |

    we call Falu red “Sweedish cottage red”, i think it used to be made out of blood from deers (or mooses). At least thats what they use in the danish national park “dyrehaven”, to paint the fence

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  27. Katie at |

    Wow! Thanks… I had to list three different, interesting co,ours for my 11+ tuition, and THANKS SO MUCH, YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!

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  28. Jack Pineda at |

    RAZZMATAZZ IS MY NEW FAVORITE COLOR!

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  29. JTN at |

    Now I know what to name my pokemon, thanks.

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  30. Undisclosed at |

    I noticed it mentioned that Swedes wanted a neutral color… Haha

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  31. InappropriateStarches at |

    Haha I’ve heard of arsenic, razzmatazz, fallow and UN blue. Malachite soubds like a neopets colour, maractite which is an eerie neon blue-ish green.

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  32. Bugz Bunny at |

    Razzmatazz is a weird color name …

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