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10 Facts about Pink

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Pink looks from the S/S13 collections
Pink looks from the S/S13 collections

To celebrate our day of pink to coincide with Valentine's Day, here we present 10 key facts about the colour, from its etymology to its cultural significance, alongside key pink looks from the spring/summer 2013 collections...

To celebrate our day of pink to coincide with Valentine's Day, here we present 10 key facts about the colour, from its etymology to its cultural significance, alongside AnOther's favourite pink looks from the spring/summer 2013 collections.

1. The use of the word for the colour "pink" was first recorded in the late 17th century.

2. The colour pink is named after the flowers called pinks, flowering plants in the genus Dianthus.

3. Cherry blossoms only have a pink color when they bloom in the springtime. Because of this, pink is the colour most commonly associated with springtime in Japan.

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

"Diane Vreeland once said "Pink is the navy blue of India"

5. In 1993, artist Gioia Fonda created a conceptual piece in the form of a week long holiday called pink week. The intention of pink week is to liberate the colour pink from all dogma and simply celebrate pink as a colour.

6. A Pink Lady is an alcoholic beverage made with gin and grenadine syrup that may include other ingredients.

7. In Thailand, pink is associated with Tuesday on the Thai solar calendar. Anyone may wear pink on Tuesdays, and anyone born on a Tuesday may adopt pink as their color.

8. Since 1893 the Financial Times has used a distinctive salmon pink color for its newsprint, mainly as a way to distinguish itself from competitors. In other countries, the salmon press identifies economic newspapers or economics sections in "white" newspapers.

9. Pink noise, also known as 1/f noise, in audio engineering is a signal or process with a frequency spectrum such that the power spectral density is proportional to the reciprocal of the frequency.

10. Diane Vreeland once said "Pink is the navy blue of India".

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