In 2009, a global cabal of artists, designers, and scientists called the International Colour Association decided to create a day to honour—er, "honor"—color in all its forms. International Colour Day is now celebrated every March 21, since that's the spring equinox, the day when light and darkness are in perfect balance. All month, we're going to have Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings with us, debunking a full spectrum of chromatic claptrap. Your trivia knowledge will soon be in the pink.
The Debunker: Is There a Chemical That Makes Pool Water + Pee Turn Blue?
Odds are, you do it too. According to a 2015 poll by the Internet media company Travelzoo, fully 64 percent of Americans admit to peeing in the swimming pool rather than getting out and walking to the restroom like civilized people. With all these people turning the piscine into a total piss scene, you'd think someone would have wondered by now: where are the telltale plumes of dark blue, from the urine indicator in the water? We've seen this stuff at work in movies like Grown-Ups and Take This Waltz, right? Everyone knows public pools have a secret chemical that turns a different color in the presence of pee.