Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank #68 - Red


What is red to you?  When you see the color or read the word what pops into your head?  Its an easy enough word to write about.  Below you will see a few interesting facts about the color red. Read through them and let it stimulate your pen.

Red is the color for beauty in many languages.  Red is the highest arc of the rainbow.  Red is the first color you lose sight of at twilight. The longest wavelength of light is red.

Bees can't see the color red, but they can see all other bright colors. Red flowers are usually pollinated by birds, butterflies, bats, and wind, rather than bees.

In Chinese culture colors corresponded with the five primary elements, the directions and the four seasons. Red was associated with summer, fire and the South.  In Japan red is the color of Shinto sanctuaries.  In Sweden, Falun red (red based on the pigment from the Falun mine) was reserved for the privelaged class.

In China red is associated with good luck and fortune.  In Greece Easter eggs are dyed red and the Greek expression "Piase kokkino" (touch red) is said when two people say the same thing at the same time. It is believed that the event is an omen that the two will have an argument in the future, which can only be broken when the two touch the closest thing that is red .  In England, red phone booths and red double decker buses , are national icons.

In India, a red mark on the forehead is said to bring good luck.  Red is the color most associated with the Soviet Union during communist reign.  Over the past decade, scientists have reported the successful use of red light as an effective in the treatment of migraine headaches and cancer.

In the United States, beginning with the 2000 presidential election, red has been recognized to represent the Republican Party, and "red states" are states that tend to favor the Republicans.

Eric the Red is the Norweign Viking credited for colonizing Greenland... he earned his nickname from his bright red hair and beard

Red carpet treatment: giving privileged treatment to an important person.  Red in the face: to become embarassed.  Seeing red: to be angered.  Red flag: a warning of danger.  Not worth a red cent: having no value.  Red letter day: a memorable, joyful day.  Red tape: excessive formalities in govermental process.  In the red: a term to describe an economic loss.  In the financial arena, red symbolizes a negative direction.

Feng shui recommends painting the front door of a home red to invite prosperity to the residents.
According to "The Language of Stained Glass" at Armstrong Browing Library at Baylor University: When

Dante spoke of the Seraphim - the first of the nine choirs of Angels - the color that "glows" was the pure orange vermilion which his fellow citizens and brothers-in-spirit (the painters, illuminators, and glassmen) knew as red. So, it may be said that pure red is the color of divine love, the Holy Spirit, courage, self-sacrifice, martyrdom, and all the warm impulses that belong to the great-hearted everywhere.

Red is the color that means "severe" in the color-coded threat system established by presidential order in March 2002. This system quickly informs law enforcement agencies when intelligence indicates a change in the terrorist threat facing the United States.

We hope all these odd facts about red have caused you to think.  We cant wait to see what you will pen today.  

Come back for Mr. Lynky around lunch

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41 comments:

  1. Okay, I'll come back for Mr. Linky, but for anyone who just can't wait: RED

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  2. Wow, this is a wonderfully comprehensive and interesting background on the color red.Thanks so much. I so need inspiration today - using so much PERSPIRATION working that my Muse seems to be having a very long nap!

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  3. Well, I think my poem is "red-dy"... Sorry for the pun. :)

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  4. There are SO many ways in which red seduces thought!!!

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  5. I had fun with this one ~ http://dthaase-lines.blogspot.com/2011/09/read-this-and-it-will-be-read.html

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  6. try to share one, where is the linky box anyway?

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  7. It was funny the theme was red. Today's been pretty red. Not in a good way at all.

    http://diamondsmadeofglass.blogspot.com/2011/09/thursday-think-tank-2-red.html

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  8. Mr Linky Box seems to be hiding!

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  9. I guess I should have asked what time zone 'lunch' refers to, because it's 3:30 p.m. here now.

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  10. Poets United,

    In England it is not too far off bedtime!!!!

    Eileen

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  11. Red was my favorite color as a youger person. Now the mysteries of Blue fascinate me.

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  12. I am beginning to thinky
    that something quite hinky
    has happened to Mr. Linky

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  13. You couldn't have put it better, krouth.
    I'm thinking Mr. Linky fell asleep at lunch.

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  14. He fell asleep at lunch
    at least that was Lilu's hunch
    so now without a link
    I am beginning to think
    He won't show until tomorrow at brunch

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  15. Red is my favorite color!

    Um...lunch went long, did it?

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  16. Poets United,

    I had hoped to post my poem, before leaving for holiday. Mr Linkey did not arrive in time!!
    Please find my poem 'Walking Tall' at my Blog.

    http://eileentoneill.blogspot.com/2011/09/walking-tall.html
    Thank You,
    Eileen

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  17. I just entered mine (I think/hope it did) anyway. Thank you!

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  18. I apologize for the delay. My day got away from me and if it were not for Mary I may have forgot all together. This making folks think and wait may not work out if I can't get my Act together. Again I am sorry for the delay and will do my best to be a little more prompt with this.

    Silly and forgetful

    Robb

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  19. I loved all your thoughts, I went with a purchase I made. Whoah, so much history in this gem, I chose to use~ Thanks for red inspiration~

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  20. An old one but it's a perfect fit :D

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  21. I have posted one ~ great prompt ~

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  22. Robb,
    Life happens we all know this; please don't worry!
    We understand!

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  23. Thanks for all of the interesting red facts!
    As Ella said, life happens so I completely understand :)

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  24. This prompt took me back to some happy years.

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  25. Red is the all new colours in season, yelling out with pride and confidence

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  26. I did a lot of thinking on this one after reading all the detail in your post!

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  27. this is an old one - but fits the prompt to the T.hope u like it:)

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  28. the Tired Monk has his guitar out...plugged in...the amp is rumblin'

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  29. I asked my Facebook friends and family to share their favorite reds, then I put them all together in this poem. It was a neat idea, I may do that again!

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  30. So many ways to go with this. Good prompt - thanks!

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  31. Great prompt, the kind that can run away with one if not careful (don't worry, I kept it short). Off to a meeting now, I'll dive into reading when I get back.

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  32. Hopefully you will like my "Red" poem. I look forward to reading all of yours. :)

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  33. I've always associated red with passion and danger - often the two go hand in hand.

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  34. What? No new prompt for 6 October? I'm crushed!

    :-)

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