Happy King’s Day: 5 facts about orange
On April 27 the Netherlands gets a little crazy and extremely (more than usual!) orange: it’s King’s Day (formally Queen’s Day). It is the birthday of Willem-Alexander – the King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. To celebrate the Netherlands gets bathed in the national colour – orange (oranje). People paint their faces, hair is dyed orange, even food and drink becomes a colour that on any other day of the year, would be met with a perplexed expression.
You cannot help but smile! It is a visual feast and a riot of colour that spans the entire ‘Lowlands’, with festivities, live music, parties, street markets, and an electric atmosphere that is impossible to miss. To enjoy the biggest street party of the year, there is no better place to head to than the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, where thousands of party loving Amsterdammers will be flocking to the many beautiful streets, canals, and parks with one goal – to spread the #orangelove.
To get you in the mood, here are 5 facts about orange that you may have not known:
- Orange can make you more beautiful! According to latest research, consuming carrots along with peppers can give you a healthy glow. Research found that consuming a pepper (doesn’t have to be orange!) a day for six weeks along with 150ml of carrot (this is orange!), you start to develop a healthy glow, due to the carotenoid pigment found his these two vegetables.
- You do not have to pay royalties to French multinational telecommunications corporation, Orange, every time you buy anything orange. However, and unbelievably, brands can indeed register a colour, meaning that a brand has sufficiently demonstrated that a colour as become synonymous with their brand in the mind of the consumer. Such a case is Cadbury’s victory over Nestlé in 2011 over exclusive rights to use the distinctive purple-coloured chocolate wrapper. However, U.S. Courts refused similar rights to Orange. If they were still around, surely Picasso and Monet surely would have trademarked their signature melancholy blue!
- Brazil may have floundered in their own backyard in the World Cup 2014, but as a country they are world champion orange growers, producing about 1/3 of the world’s production, approximately 455 million boxes! The majority of production is concentrated in the state of São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, and home of the famous Corinthians football club –the only billionaire soccer club in Brazil.
- Manchester, United Kingdom author Anthony Burgess’s dystopian classic novel A Clockwork Orange – a celebration of youth violence, famously made into a film by Stanley Kubrick – who later withdrew the film from British cinemas – has nothing to do with oranges. In fact, the name derives from an old Cockney expression “queer as a clockwork orange,” meaning something strange.
- One of the most famous and most photographed bridges in the world, the art deco Golden Gate Bridge suspension bridge in San Francisco, isn’t gold at all. In fact, it is painted International Orange (Golden Gate Bridge), which is a shade of orange that is 77% saturated and 75% bright. Its colour came about by chance, and was due to the architect Irving Morrow, the Golden Gate’s consulting architect, noticing the striking reddish-orange primer painted on some of the steel. He then championed the unusual colour, and persuaded the Department of War, the permitting agency at the time, that the bridge should be painted this colour, rather than the standard grey, black or silver of the time.
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