Friday 29 April 2016

“Sharks prefer chomping on yellow things”—& Other Colour Myths

Artist extraordinaire James Grasdal is putting the finishing touches on the 13th book in the Superman Duffy comic series—MYTHCONCEPTIONS. Which, you may have guessed has a little something to do with common “myths.” I love myths! So for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge, I’m going to “bust” as many of them as I can—every day (except Sundays) on the blog, throughout April.

Not familiar with the A to Z Challenge? Get the details here, and then hang on, because I’m about to blow your mind with my myth-inspired posts.  P.S. Comment on the blogs throughout the month for a chance to WIN a complete set of the SupermanDuffy comics, including lucky #13, MYTHCONCEPTIONS.
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MYTH: Sharks prefer chomping on yellow things.

Let’s think about this for a second. If this myth were true, there would be no yellow surf boards. No yellow bathing suits. Yellow fish would be extinct in the ocean. Right? RIGHT?!

E-r-m. Turns out, sharks are slightly more attracted to high-contrast colours such as orange and YELLOW. The famous “Mythbusters” guys even did a show on this phenomenon!

I guess I get it. I mean, what’s not to like? Yellow is, after all, the colour of canola when it’s in full bloom. One of my favourite things about summer is driving (or running) alongside blooming canola fields.

Even though this myth is KIND of true, here are some UNTRUE myths that people actually believe about colour:
·      Yellow causes babies to cry.
·      Blue should never be used in a kitchen or around food.
·      Pink is for girls.
·      Red makes you hungry.

I think today I’ll wear my pink shirt to school and store my lunch in a blue Tupperware container. Take THAT, colour myths. But if we go on vacation this year, I’m leaving my yellow swim trunks at home…just to be safe. <grin>

Gotta jet, but I really hope you come back tomorrow for my LAST post of the 2016 #AtoZChallenge. Whew. Can you BELIEVE it? What a great month! Thanks for sticking through it with me.

~ Chase Superman Duffy

1 comment:

  1. And here I thought sharks were only attracted to red. :)