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: What Color Did Ninjas Wear?
Writing these "Debunker" columns, I often feel like a professional buzzkill. Is there something you think is cool? The red telephone between the President and the Soviets? Porcupines shooting their quills? Pirates making treasure maps? Yeah, none of these things ever happened. So I couldn't be more relieved to tell you today: ninjas were real. In medieval Japan, they were master spies, saboteurs, and assassins. The skulking across rooftops, the disguises, the darts and throwing stars—it's true. All of it.