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: Was the "Hotline" of the Cold War a Red Telephone?
Of all the emergency hotlines in geopolitical history (Seoul–Pyonyang, Islamabad–New Delhi, Commissioner Gordon–Batman) none is more iconic than the direct Cold War-era link between Washington, D.C. and Moscow. You know, the gleaming red telephone on the desk of the Oval Office. You've seen it in movies and spy novels going all the way back to Fail-Safe in 1964. But prepare to be disappointed: the so-called "red telephone" was never in the White House. And it wasn't red. And it wasn't a telephone.