Fact Friday – Purple

A while we watched some weird B grade movie and in it there was a lady trying to calm a kid down by telling him interesting facts. One of them was that the seat she was sitting on wasn’t just any purple, it was imperial purple and I can’t remember all of it but what stuck with me was that back in the day they would get this color from a marine snail! I ended up googling it and it’s freaking true.

Tyrian purple, also known as Phoenician purple, Tyrian red, royal purple, imperial purple or imperial dye, is a bromine-containing reddish-purple natural dye. It is a secretion produced by several species of predatory sea snails in the family Muricidae, rock snails originally known by the name Murex. In ancient times, extracting this dye involved tens of thousands of snails and substantial labor, and as a result, the dye was highly valued.

I’m so glad they don’t have to kill sea snails for the color anymore because looking at my royal purple bedroom walls I would feel really freaking bad if they did!

Okay so finding more interesting facts about purple wasn’t really easy, that’s pretty much the best one to be honest but I had to share it hahaha so these facts are ones that Fysh thought were pretty cool.



Five Fabulous Facts :

  • The first recorded use of the word ‘purple’ in the English language was in the year 975 AD. The word ‘purple’ comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from Latin purpura, in turn from the Greek πορφύρα (porphura), the name of the Tyrian purple dye manufactured in classical antiquity from a mucus secreted by the spiny dye-murex snail.
  • Carrots used to be purple (also red, white and yellow) Orange carrots were bred by the Dutch in the 16th century to honour the royal House of Orange.
  • In 2003, a very odd species of frog was found in the Ghat hills in India. Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis (which means “nose frog from Sahyadra”) is a 3in-long dark purple, shapeless blob with a pointy snout. It spends its time buried underground feasting on termites, surfacing for only two weeks a year to mate. The males make a loud noise like a chicken. The purple frog is unique: its closest relatives live on the Seychelles, but it split from them more than 130 million years ago.
  • Porphyrophobia is the fear of the color purple.
  • It’s not true that there’s no word rhyming with purple: there’s curple (a strap on a horse’s saddle), hirple (walk with a limp) and turple (to fall over).


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