Karen’s Link of the Day: Color perception and names and a whole lot of data about it.

Randall Munroe, the guy behind XKCD, put up a survey on March 1st, asking people to name colors. It was pretty simple, a block of color appeared on your screen and you entered what name you would call it and then moved onto the next color. About 222,000 people participated over a period of about two months. Randall posted the results today and .. well, I’ll just quote his post.

“Overall, the results were really cool and a lot of fun to analyze. There are some basic limitations of this survey, which are discussed toward the bottom of this post.  But the sheer amount of data here is cool.”

By the way – they are no longer collecting data from the survey, but you can still take it here if you want to see how it works.


Men and women aren’t all that different in naming colors in the red-orange zone. In blue-green, women named a few more variants of green and blue than men did.

No one can spell fuchsia (There is a remarkable amount of data on the many ways people got it wrong)

Randall Munroe really really likes making maps.

Science does not prevent rickrolling attempts or jokes about “your mother”.

Last, am I the only one who wants Crayola to make a “Velociraptor Cloaca” colored crayon?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 00:22 by Frito · Permalink
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  1. Written by Brooke
    on 2010-05-07 at 08:26

    I was completely amazed a few months ago when someone pointed out I had misspelled fuchsia. I thought it was fuscia… all these years…

    I'm glad they posted the list of bad answers, haha.

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