Color: it's no accident

I've just been having a little discussion with a student about the fact that Aristotle and the scholastics thought of color as an accident -- which does not mean a train wreck (especially since there were no trains back then), but an aspect that does not partake of the essence or "substance" of a thing. For a cat to have four legs is part of the definition of "cat," but for it to be black or white or orange or gray is not.

Which brings me to this interesting fact: Did you know that Pantone 292, the color made famous by the Magnetic Fields' song "Reno Dakota," is the blue of Auntie Anne's pretzels? I bet you didn't. I bet you also did not know that Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields has created and named his own Pantone color, Carolyn Eve Green, Pantone 7498? (Or so this website says; the Pantone site seems not to agree.)


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