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What color is February?
Purple 16%
Yellow 8%
Green 0%
Blue 16%
White 8%
Red 0%
Brown 0%
Black 8%
Grey 8%
I have no soul and cannot fathom what you are talking about 33%

Votes: 12

 Shapes, colors and textures

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Aug 06, 2001
The Scene
Three people are sitting in a room having a conversation. One is a homemaker, one is a nurse, and one is an ill-defined "professional". In an adjourning room is an engineer and a mathematician.

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Homemaker ...and always in color.

Professional What about shapes? Do you see the year as a shape?

Nurse Oh yes. It's like... an oval.

Professional Yeah! Long during the winter and summer with a tight radius at spring and fall!

Nurse No, the opposite! Spring and fall are the long parts.

Homemaker You're crazy! It's just a line, one to the next.

Nurse A line? Oh go on. It's round, but flatter for spring and fall.

Professional How about color for months? What color is February?

Homemaker It's yellow.

Professional Yellow? But that's a warm color! February is a pale purple.

Nurse No, it's white. All that snow and cold.

Homemaker You're both wrong. It's yellow.

More argument follows. The engineer enters the room.

Professional, to engineer What color is February?

Engineer What?

Professional February. What color is it?

The engineer looks confused.
Engineer I have no idea what you're talking about.

Nurse You don't see the months as colors?

Engineer How can a month be a color?

Professional They just are. February is purple...

Homemaker Yellow!

Professional ...June is green, September is yellowish-brown. The months have colors. How about years? What is the shape of a year?

Engineer Huh?

Nurse He's too technical. He can't think like that.

Professional No soul...

Homemaker Ask [the mathematician] See what he says.

Homemaker calls to mathematician. Mathematician enters room.
Homemaker, to mathematician Do you see months as colors or think the year has a shape?

Mathematician What? What do you mean?

Nurse When you think of months and years, do they have shapes and colors?

Mathematician, to engineer Do you know what they're talking about?

Engineer No idea.

Professional How about numbers? Does 5 have a texture?

Mathematician A texture?

Professional Yeah, what does 5 feel like?

Mathematician Feel like? It doesn't feel like anything. It's just a number.

Nurse, homemaker and professional shake their heads in pity. Engineer and mathematician look thoroughly confused, but seem to be convinced that the problem is with the other three. They understand pure logic. The rest is meaningless.


Februaryis black... (none / 0) (#1)
by westgeof on Wed Aug 22nd, 2001 at 01:08:30 PM PST least on my monitor. Nearly every word on this screen looks black to me, though I bet I could make them gray if I turned up the brightness knob...

As a child I wanted to know everything. Now I miss my ignorance.

Transcend all opposites (none / 0) (#2)
by Anonymous Reader on Wed Oct 17th, 2001 at 09:00:20 PM PST
Some people associate things with sensations of some type.

This phenomena is called synesthesia (senations moving together) (see: For instance, when I hear music, I see colors according to the timbre and pitch of the instruments.

Just because one doesn't have or realize that one has synesthesia doesn't mean they don't have a soul (however you define it) anymore than you don't have one for not seeing beyond the apparent opposites to the truer levels of understanding.

BTW, February is Blue :P


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