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Brighter pinks are youthful, fun, and exciting, while vibrant pinks have the same high energy as red; they are sensual and passionate without being too aggressive. Toning down the passion of red with the purity of white results in the softer pinks that are associated with romance and the blush of a young woman's cheeks. It's not surprising that when giving or receiving flowers, pink blossoms are a favorite. Pink is the color of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted. For women who are often overworked and overburdened, an attraction to pink may speak of a desire for the more carefree days of childhood.

How the color pink affects us physically

Bright pinks, like the color red, stimulate energy and can increase the blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. They also encourage action and confidence.

Pink has been used in prison holding cells to effectively reduce erratic behavior.

Pink around the globe

The pink ribbon is an internationally recognized symbol of hope and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

In Japan, the color pink has a masculine association. The annual spring blooming of the pink-blossomed cherry trees (the Sakura) is said to represent the young Japanese warriors who fell in battle in the prime of life (the Samurai).

Jaipur City is a foremost tourist attraction in India because of its superlative forts, grandiose palaces, vivacious temples, multicolored bazaars, pulsating streets, and its distinguished pink color to which the city owes its oft-used name "The Pink City".

The Chinese had not recognized the color pink until they had contact with Western culture and the Chinese word for pink translates as "foreign color."

Marrakesh is another city associated with the color pink. It is sometimes refered to as the "Rose City" because of its salmon-pink colored buildings and the red clay of its terrain.

Religious & mythological associations with pink

Pink signifies happiness and joy in Catholicism.

Political associations with pink

A pink triangle is frequently used to represent gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. The origin of the pink triangle goes back to when Nazis labeled their prisoners in concentration camps. Men who had been jailed because of supposed homosexuality had to wear the pink triangle on their clothing. In more recent times, this symbol is a sign of pride.

Interesting information about pink

In 1947, fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli introduced the color "hot pink" to western fashion. She dubbed the shade "Shocking Pink," though today the color is more well-known as "magenta."

Pink encourages friendliness while discouraging aggression and ill-will.

Since the color pink is said to have a tranquilizing effect, sport's teams sometimes use pink to paint the locker room used by opposing teams.

Some studies of the color pink suggest that male weightlifters seem to lose strength in pink rooms, while women weightlifters tend to become stronger around the color.

Pastries taste better when they come out of pink boxes or served on pink plates (it only works with sweets). Pink makes us crave sugar.

Popular phrases that include pink

Tickled pink: to be happy

In the pink: in good health -- this phrase hasn't always had this meaning.



Pinking shears: scissors with serrated blades

A pink elephant: term to describe hallucinations during intoxication

Pinkie finger: the smallest finger on the human hand

Pink slip: notice that employment is ending

Pink collar: refers to a particular class of jobs once only filled by women

Quotes about pink

"Pink is the navy blue of India." --Diana Vreeland

"I fell off my pink cloud with a thud." --Elizabeth Taylor

Songs with pink in the title

"Mr. Pink Eyes" by The Cure on the "Lovecats" single

"Pink" by Aerosmith

"Pink & Blue" by OutKast on "The Love Below"

"Pink Cadillac" by Bruce Springsteen

"Pink Cashmere" by Prince on The Hits 1

"A Pink Dream" by The Cure on the "Mint Car" single

"Pink Elephant" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies

"Pink Houses" by John Cougar Mellencamp

"Pink Maggit" by Deftones

"Pink Panther Theme" by Henry Mancini


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