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Ever wondered why wedding dresses are white, bubble gum is pink, and prize ribbons are blue? We found out the answers to those and other colorful head-scratchers.
Why Soccer Balls Are Black-and-White
Turns out the sports staple was made for TV. For the 1970 World Cup in Mexico—the first of its kind to be broadcast live on television—Adidas created the iconic black-and-white paneled ball, intended to catch the eyes of viewers better than a single-colored one would as it moved across black-and-white TV screens. The black pentagons also helped players and referees recognize the swerve and flight of the ball.
Why the Purple Heart Is Purple
When the Continental Congress forbade George Washington from promoting soldiers during the American Revolution, the revered general got crafty. On August 7, 1782, he established the Badge of Military Merit:…
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