Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Theme Thursday: Pink

I'm tickled pink to be returning to Theme Thursday after a bit of a hiatus. And, per my m.o., I'm going to bring you some pleasantly precious pfacts about Pink.

So, a quick aside: yeah, I do a lot of trivia on my TT posts but it's because I adore Trivia! Actually, I think it runs in the family. Growing up, we never got cable; my mother was NOT going to PAY for television! But we did watch Jeopardy! Rather regularly. I learned how to do the crossword puzzle from my mom and my entire family is font of useless bits of knowledge. I wonder if it's because my mother was a reference librarian so we always had to "look things up." Of course, we do like to share what we know.

Yepper, dinner at our house...always a blast. Oh, and don't play any of us in Trivia Pursuit. My mother, I swear, would win the game on the first roll of the die.

But I digress and I know you're all patiently waiting for these pfascinating pfacts!

The word Pink was first used as a noun to describe a color in the late 17th Century. It described a yellowish pigment which was mixed with blue colors to yield a greenish color.

Assigning Pink to gender began in the 1920's. Pink, though, was associated with boys because Pink is related to red, thought of to be a masculine color. Blue was associated with girls because it was deemed a more delicate color and related to the Virgin Mary.

In Japan, the color Cherry Blossom Pink is associated with the vagina so soft core porn movies there are called Pink Movies.

Most flamingo species are pink in color due to the pink pigments in their diet.

Seeing pink elephants is a euphemism for hallucinations caused by the DTs. This concept was used in Disney's Dumbo when he becomes drunk and see a parade of Pink Elephants.

In Thailand, Pink is associated with Tuesdays on the Thai Solar Calendar. Anyone may wear pink on Tuesdays.

Pink triangles were re-claimed by the LGBT community as a positive symbol. Originally, it was the color of the patch that gays wore in concentration camps during World War II.

Alecia Beth Moore, better known as Pink, was born in Doylestown, PA, just up the road from where I live. I don't know her though.

In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio says: I am the very pink of courtesy. Meaning, he is the perfect embodiment of courtesy. Oh, and yeah, Shakespeare was the first to use pink as a metaphor.

Must end with a video. This one is especially for my sister, who is not only another treasure trove of trivia but who also reads my blog, is a Bruce Springsteen fanatic, and blogs at


  1. intriguing...i would never survive in a game of trivial pursuit with happy tt!

  2. Loved all the pink facts. I'm kind of a research nerd myself. Nice TT.

  3. Who knew there was so much to know about pink and "Pink." One of my best friends grew up around where The Boss did. She has some of his very first albums...vinyl.

  4. Loved all these fascinating pink facts!


    mine is up.
    thanks for the input!

  6. Here's one: Marlboro cigarettes originally came in pink boxes because they were intended to be marketed to women.

  7. This was fun to read. Particularly Shakespeare using pink as a metaphor. I feel prepared to go to a cocktail party and dazzle with my new pink knowledge. (First time to play TT, thus, first time to check out your great blog!)

  8. Pit me against your mother! Feathers will fly, I can guarantee it! Excellent pinkisms (haha you said vagina . .I know I'm a child!) Not a great fan of Springstein. I know a travesty for someone my age but my he was pretty when he was younger. Or maybe he looks better cos I'm older . .

  9. I think I played Trivial Pursuit a few times and then gave up. Trivia must not be one of my strong points although I do like to watch Jeopardy every day.

    I like all my new pink knowledge that I just learned although with the way my brain works or doesn't work, I will probably forget all of this by tomorrow. Suffering from CRS does not help one to remember much. I even forget who I am sometimes then I look in the mirror and really don't know who I am. CRS sucks.

    God bless.

  10. I feel so pink smart now. Thank you!

  11. Thanks, I am tickled pink, my darling sis, for plug. Loved the vid, too. Ronda, I'm old, so I think I have all his vinyls until he went to CDs. Plus at least one or two bootleg vinyls. Kate, you are marvelous as always at TT. I must remember to join you in this but I might embarrass myself. Love ya!

  12. I'm in the pink after reading this!

  13. Happy Saturday!
    Happy mother's Day!
    I signed up to follow you.

  14. I'm tickled pink that you visited my blog, and let's hear it for reference librarians! Happy Mother's Day to her and to you!

  15. Cool. Wanna come over? I love to play Trivial Pursuit, and I can't get anyone to play with me. ;-)

    But, seriously, flamingos eat pink stuff?

    My post for Pink, close to my heart, is up here.

  16. Pink has become my new favorite iPod play of late...loved all the pink facts.