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Chit chat for chai


Karishma brings you seven things you could really do without, but are better off knowing.

Her warning: You may not like what you find. And you may not believe what is in fact, fact. 

But share them with your children. Step into someone else’s shoes. Imagine.

“The purest and the most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.”John Rushkin


Orange: The fruit was named orange before the name of the color. The word orange as a fruit has appeared in the English language as early as the 13th century but the earliest reference to orange as a color was found much later in the 16th century.

Yellow: In the 17th century, painters used Indian yellow made from the concentrated urine of cows that lived on nothing but mango leaves.

Violet: Violet was the color of the first dye made by man. The recipe was discovered by William Henry Perkin in 1856, was called “Mauveine” and was made out of coal tar.

Green: Green is the color used for night vision goggles because the human eye is most sensitive to it, and able to distinguish the most shades within it.

Red: Spanish matadors began using a small red cape, or muleta, in bullfighting around the 1700s. But as it turns out the color red isn’t what causes bulls to attack. Bulls don’t have any color preference; they’ll charge whichever object is moving the most.

Indigo: Indigo was the color of the royals during the Elizabethan era and provided information about the status of the man or woman wearing it. Royalty, nobility and members of the council were allowed to wear indigo.

Blue: American President Martin Van Buren can be credited with introducing blue to the decorating scheme in 1837; there has been a “blue room” in the White House ever since.



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2 Responses to Chit chat for chai

  1. Rishi December 10, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Yellow – Grossss…but fact is fact…

  2. A_Khanna December 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    My favorite column!

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