10 May 19: Colour-blindness confusion

I heard the best colour story the other day from my friend @wine.nomad

She once had a boyfriend whose job it was to sell tassels to go on the mortarboards of graduating students from the University of Ohio. The colour depended on which subject you’d taken (engineering = orange, medicine = green, nursing = apricot, dentistry = lilac (I reckon I’d have chosen my subject by colour. Purple means I’d probably have been a lawyer).

After graduation, furious and embarrassed students filed in to the shop, telling him they’d been sold the wrong colour tassel. Turns out he was colourblind and couldn’t differentiate between them.

Fascinating how colour can cause confusion and irritation on such a grand scale.

Martha, The Colour File x

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