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Colors:

David Smallberg asks:

Every day, millions of people see six colored items in the order blue, red, yellow, blue, green, and red. What are they?

Brock (mail):
The six letters in the Google logo.
9.10.2009 12:20pm
CDU (mail) (www):
Is it ok if we Google the answer to this one?
9.10.2009 12:20pm
Laura(southernxyl) (mail) (www):
No wonder I couldn't think what this was. I use dogpile.
9.10.2009 12:30pm
Color Blind:
And everyday, people like me do not see six colored items in the order blue, red, yellow, blue, green, and red...
9.10.2009 12:34pm
Carlos Urite:
I guess these are the people who don't have a handy search box right in the header section of their browser? Should we tell them?
9.10.2009 12:43pm
Spartacus (www):
But what is the significance of this color scheme?
9.10.2009 12:45pm
johnd:
For significance, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RYB_color_model


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RGB_color_model
9.10.2009 12:50pm
Soronel Haetir (mail):
My guess was going to be TV test patterns. Do stations still use that?
9.10.2009 12:52pm
RV:

I guess these are the people who don't have a handy search box right in the header section of their browser? Should we tell them?


Nor do they use an iGoogle theme, apparently. Strange people.
9.10.2009 1:02pm
Bruce:

But what is the significance of this color scheme?


Hey, interesting, I never focused on that.
9.10.2009 1:05pm
Kevin R (mail):
I guess these are the people who don't have a handy search box right in the header section of their browser? Should we tell them?


Only if they don't actually use it, since the logo appears on the search results page after using the browser's search bar.
9.10.2009 1:15pm
Sigivald (mail):
A Finnish stoplight.
9.10.2009 1:16pm
Just a Reader (mail):
The visible light spectrum, but a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Also known as additive and subtractive primary colors. The combination of the colors in RGB colorspace produce black. The combination of colors in CMY colorspace produce white.
9.10.2009 1:37pm
Hey Skipper (mail) (www):
Ummm, the NBC Peacock?
9.10.2009 1:44pm
Laura(southernxyl) (mail) (www):

Carlos Urite:
I guess these are the people who don't have a handy search box right in the header section of their browser? Should we tell them?


Actually, we're the people who didn't let Google take over our browser. If I type a word into my address bar, Dogpile does the search.
9.10.2009 1:46pm
Anderson (mail):
The pills they take to get through the day?
9.10.2009 2:12pm
Anderson (mail):
(P.S. -- "Dogpile"? Eeww.)
9.10.2009 2:13pm
dangerous lack of something something:
seriously, dogpile? I'm suprised you found any internet at all with that ole thing... :-)
9.10.2009 2:17pm
Fub:
Sigivald wrote at 9.10.2009 1:16pm:
A Finnish stoplight.
Thread winner!
9.10.2009 2:23pm
Laura(southernxyl) (mail) (www):
Dogpile uses Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.

And it puts up patriotic pictures on days like Flag Day.
9.10.2009 2:37pm
egd:
Spartacus (www):

But what is the significance of this color scheme?

Probably this:

"There were a lot of different color iterations," says Ruth Kedar, the graphic designer who developed the now-famous logo. "We ended up with the primary colors, but instead of having the pattern go in order, we put a secondary color on the L, which brought back the idea that Google doesn't follow the rules."
9.10.2009 3:58pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
As of now, this page is the only Google hit for the phrase "Finnish stoplight."
9.10.2009 4:05pm
Stormy Dragon (mail) (www):
And it puts up patriotic pictures on days like Flag Day.

For an extremely superficial definition of patriotic.
9.10.2009 4:53pm
BGates:
For an extremely superficial definition of patriotic.

Could you point to one of the pictures you found superficial?
9.10.2009 4:59pm
Sarah (mail) (www):
I think it's sort of sad that I went to Google, pasted in the colors in that order... and only after the results popped up did I notice what colors the Google logo are in.

Which is still better than Yahoo... there are times I don't see their logo on their front page even when I'm looking for it specifically.
9.10.2009 6:08pm
Laura(southernxyl) (mail) (www):
Stormy Dragon, why don't you favor us with your personal definition of "patriotic" so we can all use the word correctly going forward.
9.10.2009 7:35pm
Joan in Juneau (mail):
Would never have gotten that one as I use ixquick search engine
9.10.2009 7:58pm
Anatid:

Also known as additive and subtractive primary colors. The combination of the colors in RGB colorspace produce black. The combination of colors in CMY colorspace produce white.


You have this backwards. With RGB, you start out with the absence of light (black) and add colors until they combine to "white" light, which equally represents all colors in the spectrum. With CMYK, you start out with the absence of color (white) and add colors until they are all equally and fully saturated (black).
9.10.2009 9:19pm
Upend, Coming:
Shoot I use igoogle.

so I start with green :(
9.10.2009 11:46pm

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