9 May 18: The yellow buttercup mystery

Good morning my colour-loving chums.

Hands up who used to play the buttercup under the chin game? The story goes that if you like butter, your chin skin appears yellow when you hold a buttercup under it. Researchers from the University of Cambridge carried out a study and found that the reason this happens is founded in science. They discovered that the petals of buttercups have not just one but two layers of cells which give the flower extra glossiness (hence the reflection onto skin). The result? A flower that bees just can’t get enough of and a game that has entertained kids for generations. How I LOVE a good scientific explanation. Have a great day.

Martha, The Colour File x

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