Scientists uncover the source of colour

Funny story written by IainB

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Crayons are the source of colour

Theoretical physicists have long since understood that the universe is comprised of electrons, neutrons and protons, but have been scratching their head for decades as to what makes different things different colours. After decades of searching, they have located the new particle that imparts colour: Crayons.

"We're excited by this discovery," said Violet Crayola, head of theoretical physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "We have discovered that crayons come in a whole spectrum of colours. There's red crayons, blue crayons, even gold sparkly crayons."

For those colours that don't exist with a unique crayon, the crayons can mix together to form every other colour.

"We've found fifteen different shades of green crayons," said Crayola. "But by adding some yellow crayon, or blue crayon, then the other shades of green can be made."

Since the discovery of crayons, Crayola and her team have discovered that crayons feel slightly waxy and smell vaguely of turpentine.

"We also know that they don't taste very nice to adults," she said, "but kids can't get enough of them."

Despite finding all the colours of the rainbow, the hunt is now on for the elusive black and white crayons.

"We've been searching for ages to try and find the black and white crayons," said Crayola. "But so far without success. We even tried in the fridge and under the sofa. White doesn't seem to be able to be made out of the other colours of crayons either.

"When we mix all the colours of crayons we've so far discovered," said Violet, "we get a kind of brown. This leads us to believe that black is not an absence of crayons, but a crayon in it's own right. We call it dark crayon. White crayons, however, may be an absence of crayons. We're not sure yet."

So while the vast spectrum of colours we see everyday has now been finally explained, it's not black and white, as we still don't know where those crayons are.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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