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What Color Is The Dress?!

Marissa Messiano | PopWrapped Author

Marissa Messiano

03/18/2015 9:37 pm
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What Color Is The Dress?! | the dress
Media Courtesy of tumblr
  The Internet has gone into panic mode... over the color of a dress on Tumblr. The Tumblr user, Swiked, posted a picture of a dress with horizontal lace stripes, asking other users to help her determine the colors of the dress. She claimed that she and her friends couldn't agree on whether it was blue with black lace, or white with gold lace. Twitter wars immediately ensued, with users choosing sides between #whiteandgold or #blueandblack. Some users even claim that the dress has changed colors on them while they look at the image! While some think that this photo is just simply proof that color is subjective, there is a scientific reason as to why people who look at the image see different sets of colors.
The explanation is that your eyes have retinas, the things that let you interpret color. There’s rods, round things, and cones that stick out. The 'cones' see color. The 'rods' see shade, like black, white and grey. Cones only work when enough light passes through. As for [the people who] see black, it’s called additive mixing. Blue, green and red are the main colors for additive mixing. This is where it gets really tricky. Subtractive mixing, such as with paint, means the more colors you add the murkier it gets until it’s black. ADDITIVE mixing, when you add the three colors eyes see best, red, green and blue, (not to be confused with primary colors red, blue and yellow) it makes pure white. SO.... —Blue and Black: Your retina’s cones are more high functioning, and this results in your eyes doing subtractive mixing. —White and Gold: Eyes don’t work well in dim light so our retinas rods see white, and this makes them less light sensitive, causing additive mixing, (that of green and red), to make gold.
So is it science, or is there a troll out there on Tumblr who is just messing with the Internet for fun?? Let us know what team you're on! [yop_poll id="68"]

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