My SO often helps me pack orders on busy days, and we’ve had quite a few words about what color a color actually is. What color is aubergine, he’ll ask. Purple, I answer. Well then why don’t you call it purple!? What the heck is aubergine?
A good many chuckles have passed in the warehouse on this topic. We use the colors that the manufacturers assign, and even I scratch my ahead occasionally on the choice of color name.
The other day we were looking at a printed catalog and I pointed out a list of colors that I couldn’t make out because they hadn’t included swatches. The conversation went something like, “Well, I know a tiger lily is a flower, but I’m really not sure what color it is. Have you seen one?” So after another silly round of what color each color is and where these color names come from, he suggested a contest. So here it is.
Glen’s contest: Match the color names to the color swatches, for example 1A, 2B, etc. Leave your answer as a comment here or on our Facebook page with some way to get in touch with you (e-mail, phone, Facebook handle) and the person with the most correct answers will receive one of our new organic panties when they come out in June (or July). Last day to enter is Sunday, May 25, 2014.
In the very likely event that more than one person ties for the same number of correct answers, we’ll draw randomly to decide who wins. Anyone can play for fun, but you must leave a way for us to contact you if you want to win the prize.
PS – We originally started with 20, but we couldn’t even get it right… lol.
I was planning to start off the formal series with the history of the bra (which dates back more than 4000 years!). But in my research, I came across such a wide array of bizarre information that didn’t really fit anywhere in the series that I decided to start with a list of fun facts.
- Approximately $16 billion dollars are spent annually on bra purchases worldwide. That’s $16,000,000,000.
- The average woman in America owns 9 bras.
- On October 27, 1999, two women were reportedly killed when lightning struck the underwire in their bras. This wasn’t the first report of bras attracting lightning. In 1982, the Rome News-Tribune reported a similar incident, and there are references to 1991 underwire strike as well.
- According to National Geographic, women’s breasts average from 10 ounces to 20 lbs.
- Annie Hawkins-Stone holds the Guinness Record for having the largest natural (no implants) breasts at size 102ZZZ and weighing in at approximately 56 lbs.
- The worlds longest bra chain comes in at 166,000 bras. This may seem like a trivial record, but several organizations around the world, including GirlGuiding NZ are using their attempt to break the longest bra chain record as a way to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. You can donate unwanted bras to them and at the end of the record they will send all of the good condition bras to women in need in Africa, Haiti and the Pacific Islands.
- Despite rumors that wearing an underwire bra can cause breast cancer, scientists, including the director of medical content for the American Cancer Society, say that’s simply not true.
- Researchers are designing and have patented a bra that can detect breast cancer in the very early stages of development.
- Japan’s Triumph International lingerie company has some outrageous bra ideas and has come up with anti-smoking bras, heated bras to prevent colds, and bras that turn into shopping bags.
Photo Source: Japan Today
Check back next week to learn the long history of the bra.
Be an Eco-Superhero!
Choose your own eco-Superpower and win a shopping spree.
Faerie’s Dance occasionally lists products on WorldofGood.com, an eBay company, when we’re clearing out leftovers or just trying to get our name out. We just saw their new Eco-Superhero contest and thought it was too much fun not to pass along.
Here’s the gist, hit the Eco-Superhero contest link and tell the world what eco-superpower you’d like to have and how you would use it to do good and help the planet. The top five entries will win a $250 gift certificate to WorldofGood.com. The deadline for entries is May 5, 2010.
This sounds like so much fun, I personally will be entering. (I already have my superpower in mind, although there are several good superpowers I’d really like to choose from…LOL) I can’t wait to see the creative responses from eco-conscious folks.
A while back I had heard that there was a new process of making fabric from spent coffee grinds. The fabric was purportedly mixed with recycled PET to make “coffee polyester”. I was so excited by this idea (being a coffee
addict lover myself), that I’ve been on the lookout for coffee clothing ever since.
At the Go Green Expo, I finally found coffee nirvana. I saw shirts made from 100% coffee polyester that honestly didn’t feel all that good, but were adorably cute with coffee beans printed on them, and nice fashion pieces that were 60% coffee polyester, 40% tencel that actually looked and felt good. The prices were reasonable and I was all set to go!
I sat down with the manufacturer to talk process. Exactly how is coffee polyester created (and why do the t-shirts feel like 1970’s polyester suits)? It turns out that recycled PET is combined with… here it comes… 2% coffee grinds and then respun into yarn. So “coffee polyester” is actually 98% polyester with a sprinkle of coffee. I was looking for a double espresso and instead got a Grande latte with 1/2 shot. So those nice 60% coffee polyester, 40% tencel shirts actually contained just 1.2% coffee.
The process is fairly clean and dyed with low-impact dyes. Since all the polyester is recycled it’s not a bad choice environmentally. But would anyone actually want one? What’s your opinion? Is a little coffee better than no coffee? Please leave a comment or answer our poll on the top right sidebar to share your opinion.