Factoids Part 4
More amazing facts about color. You'll find unusual snippets of information from the world of nature, vision, psychology, business, and even the food we eat.
According to poetry experts, nothing rhymes with either of the words "orange" or "purple." You are welcome to prove them wrong.
Fish in the North Sea have sunburned skin and blistering as a result of the thinning ozone layer. British researchers report that young fish are the most affected due to their lack of scales that would otherwise deflect the sun's harmful rays. Ian McFadzen, a research ecotoxicologist with England's Plymouth Marine Laboratory said the fish have no protection against the rays and that they have not needed to evolve one until man influenced the atmosphere.
Golden rice could save children's lives
Scientists in Switzerland have created a genetically engineered strain of rice that could save millions of children's lives. Unlike white rice, golden rice produces beta carotene, an important source of Vitamin A, which is crucial for resistance to disease and healthy vision. Approximately 124 million children in the world don't get enough Vitamin A. Of these, about a half a million go blind and 1-2 million die due to lack of Vitamin A. Note: Dr. Ingo Potrykus, the German is the inventor of the golden rice.
In 2005 a new variety called Golden Rice 2 was announced which produces up to 23 times more beta-carotene than the original variety of golden rice. Neither variety is currently available for human consumption. Although golden rice was developed as a humanitarian tool, it has met with significant opposition from environmental and anti-globalization activists.
The next time you're in pain, don't pop a pill. Look at a plant instead.
The color of peace, stability and prosperity - A white omen
In 2010, another white elephant was captured in Burma.
*** Most white elephants are only nominally white - they often look reddish-brown in the sun, and light pink when wet.
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Tint your tongue blue! How did they do that?
How did they do it? It's a water-soluble "FDA approved" additive that activates your saliva, which in turn changes the color of your tongue.