Me (& Walmart) vs The World


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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36 Responses

  1. Avatar Glyph says:

    What’s interesting is the context cues you talk about. Before I scrolled down far enough to see the shoes, I might have said gray.

    But since the shoes are clearly brown, the pants are clearly green, because who wears brown shoes with gray pants?Report

  2. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I would call those pants a kind of green-gray but closer to the green family. They are a very dark Army green.Report

  3. Avatar aaron david says:

    I would call those pants Feld-Grau.Report

  4. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    The world is already difficult enough to navigate thanks to those who falsely insist that there are more colors than exist in MS Paint’s sixteen-block preset palette. Now they’re going to start using the wrong words to describe those colors?

    It’s nothing new — there are many profound differences of opinion on the point when “blue” becomes “green” or vice versa. What color is the sea?Report

  5. Avatar Damon says:


    I thought everyone used color names like “stone” and “moss” now a days 🙂Report

  6. Avatar dhex says:

    greys can have a green undertone to them, or brown, or blue. so you’re not entirely wrong.Report

  7. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Is it possible that the pants in the same picture are not the same color as yours?

    Both of my kids have slight/partial color blindness, and this happens a lot. We’ll be out, and someone will talk about their shirt being purple and one of the kids will say, “See? Whenever I call my color shirt purple you always say it’s red!”

    And I’ll have to point out that their shirt at home *is* red, and that the shirt that they are looking at now *is* purple.Report

  8. Avatar James Hanley says:

    “Those color-blindness tests. You know, the number in one color surrounded by another color. They make it so that it’s hard to see with those weird effects.”

    I almost fell out of my chair laughing. That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time, Will.Report

  9. Avatar Christopher Carr says:

    Traffic lights signalling go in Japan are “blue”.Report

  10. Avatar Vikram Bath says:

    At the risk of incurring Burt’s wrath, might I suggest the pants could be described as olive?Report

  11. Avatar zic says:

    Hues that have a lot of black in them are tricky. There’s a house in my neighborhood a friend kept talking about, “the blue house,” only it’s charcoal gray; she sees the blue in that gray, more then most of us.

    There’s an online test to order hues that might give you some more knowledge of what hues (shades) you see well, and where you have ‘holes’ in your vision.

  12. Avatar Smedley the Uncertain says:

    For years my wife suggested I wear one of the Navy blue sports jackets in my wardrobe. I insisted I had only black jackets. Last year I had a cataract removed from one eye and discovered I had two ‘new’ Navy blue jackets to wear.Report