10 Weird Paints from the Past, Present, and Future & How They are Made

10 Weird Paints from the Past, Present, and Future & How They are Made


Nowadays we take colors for granted, but historically
they’ve been hard to come by. Pigment-makers have long gone to great lengths
to find new hues, and many paints have pretty weird origins. Even today we’re looking to broaden our
pallette. Meanwhile, we’re exploring entirely new
approaches to paint-making that don’t involve pigment at all. From our distant past to our not-too-distant
future, here are 10 of the weirdest paints we could find—listed in chronological order. 10. Han Purple Purple has long been associated with luxury,
not least because of its rarity in nature. Tyrian (or Phoenician) purple—painstakingly
extracted from sea snails boiled for days in lead vats—was so heavily restricted to
the elites of ancient Rome that even the word purple became synonymous with the emperor. Hence the saying “donning the purple”
for becoming the ruler of Rome. It wasn’t until 1856 that a chemist finally
stumbled (by accident) upon a synthetic alternative, which according to the fashion of the time
he called ‘mauve’. Immediately, it was seized upon by the rich
and famous, by Empress Eugénie in France and by Queen Victoria in Britain. Purple was similarly exalted in the East. Han purple was no less synonymous with nobility
in ancient China than Tyrian purple in ancient Rome. But this Chinese purple was a pigment, not
a dye, and it had a far less variable hue. It is thought to have been created as early
as 800 BC, but the most famous examples of its use date back to around 220 BC when it
was used to paint the Terracotta Army and murals in the tomb of the first emperor Qin
Shi Huang at Xi’an. After that, it disappears from the historical
record entirely. And it wasn’t until the 1990s that scientists
synthesized a new batch, the first in almost 2000 years. The process to make the copper barium silicate
pigment was so intricate, though, that they couldn’t believe it was discovered by accident;
surely the Chinese had been taught. For one thing, it involved the grinding of
precise quantities of various materials. And for another, it required heating to between
900 and 1,100 degrees Celsius. But it differed substantially enough from
Egyptian blue to rule out cross-cultural knowledge-sharing. Perhaps, since it contains barium, Han purple
was a by-product of the glass-making process—discovered by Taoist alchemists trying to synthesize
white jade. This would certainly explain its appeal to
the immortality-obsessed Qin Shi Huang in particular, since white jade was linked to
health and longevity. In any case, there’s more to Han purple
than meets the eye. Researchers have found that under certain
conditions (temperatures close to absolute zero and magnetic fields higher than 23 tesla,
i.e. more than 800,000 times that of Earth’s), the pigment “loses a dimension.” Magnetic waves travel along two-dimensional
planes within the material, instead of propagating three-dimensionally. This was a surprising discovery—intriguing
for quantum physicists and, according to some others, potentially explaining how our Reptilian
overlords shapeshift and how interdimensional travel might work. 9. Carmine Red The first ever pigment may have been ochre,
clay rich in reddish hematite. It was this widely available substance that
allowed our prehistoric ancestors to leave behind cave paintings lasting millennia. It’s still used as a pigment today, but
since the Paleolithic we’ve found other sources of red: cinnabar, madder, and vermilion
to name a few. A resin lacquer known as sandarac or ‘dragon’s
blood’ (which it was literally thought to contain) was also popular in the Middle Ages. It was used for painting anything infernal,
whether the fires of Hell, impure blood, demons, or the Devil himself. Some time later, when the Spanish plundered
the New World, a new source of red was discovered. Female cochineals (a type of insect that eats
prickly pears) were dried by the Aztecs and Maya and crushed to extract red carminic acid,
or carmine—a red more stable and more intense than any that were known in Europe. Carmine was eagerly lapped up by royalty and
artists alike. And it remained in vogue centuries later,
when it captivated Vincent van Gogh. In a letter to his brother Theo in 1885, he
said he was “very excited by” the color, describing it as “warm and lively like wine.” Carmine is still in use today, despite its
somewhat grisly origins, not just in paint and dyes but in cosmetics, shampoos, and even
food. As PETA advises in an article titled “Makeup
Enthusiasts: Stop Smearing Dead Bugs on Your Face,” products containing the pigment may
list it as “CI 75470,” “cochineal extract,” “crimson lake,” or “natural red 4.” Despite the popularity of carmine, however,
researchers are still on the lookout for “a great all-around red,” since pigments of
this color often lack safety or stability. According to those in the business, the next
red could be worth billions. 8. Orpiment Orange Throughout history—particularly in the Levant
and Asia right up until the 20th century—volcanic orpiment was a major source of orange pigment. Gathered from sulphurous fumaroles (natural
gas vents around active volcanoes), the mineral was heated by fire to turn it from yellow
to a flaming orange. It looks almost golden, which is actually
how orpiment got its name—from aurum (Latin for ‘gold’) and pigmentum (for color). For the same reason it captured the attention
of alchemists. Preparing the pigment was an arduous process. After hand-selecting the crystals and manually
removing impurities, the mineral was painstakingly ground to a powder. Any layers that wouldn’t come apart had
to be twisted and broken by hand. Only then could the powder be chemically separated
from the sulfur and heated for use in orange paint. Suffice it to say, there was a lot of manual
handling involved—which was unfortunate given that it was high in deadly arsenic. 7. Mummy Brown In days gone by, the pulverized parts of ancient
cadavers were smeared onto skin and even taken by mouth. By the 16th and 17th centuries, ground up
Egyptian mummy flesh, or mumia, was as widely available in European pharmacies as, say,
aspirin is today. According to the “father of empiricism”
Sir Francis Bacon, it was good for the “staunching of blood.” And Robert Boyle, one of the founders of modern
chemistry, noted it was used to treat bruises. It was also prescribed for headaches, stomach
upsets, broken bones, coughs, uterine infections, wounds, hysteria, dysentery, diarrhoea, measles
scars, general aches and pains, and pretty much anything else. Mixed with a heady concoction of benzoic,
black pitch, and poisonous Ruta graveolens (rue), it was also used to treat epilepsy. As genuine Egyptian mummy supplies struggled
to keep up with demand, dealers began to make fakes—treating the corpses of executed convicts
with bitumen and leaving them to dry in the sun. The best candidates for counterfeit mummification
were eerily specific: young, virginal maidens and 24-year-old men who died of a violent
death but nonetheless remained in one piece. Fortunately, the practice of eating the dead
gradually fell out of favor—not least because of unpleasant side-effects: heart and stomach
pain, vomiting, “stinke of the mouth,” and possibly even plague. But mumia was used as a pigment in paint right
up until the 20th century. Also known as ‘mummy brown’, ‘Egyptian
brown’, or caput mortuum, it produced a cross between raw and burnt umber. It was too variable for many artists’ tastes,
but the Pre-Raphaelites seemed to adore it—despite perhaps not knowing what it was. The English painter Edward Burne-Jones was
horrified when he found out. Immediately upon being informed, he rushed
to his studio and ceremonially buried his tube of mummy brown in the earth—“according,”
hoped the young Rudyard Kipling, who was present, “to the rites of Mizraim and Memphis.” 6. Indian Yellow Academics have noted the inherent racism of
white European artists using paints mined or manufactured by black and Asian colonial
slaves to studiously differentiate these “lesser” races from their own—especially when those
paints contained cow piss. Indian yellow, or purree, was popular between
the 18th and 19th centuries for recreating browner skin tones. Euphemistically described as “organic”
by exporters, it was assumed to be vegetable in origin. And it wasn’t until 1883 that its true origin
was exposed. According to the civil servant who traced
Indian yellow it to its source (a village in Bihar), it was no more than the urine of
cows. Collected by gwalas (milkmen), it was heated
over a fire, strained through a cloth, and shaped into balls for drying in the sun. Once the secret was out, the pigment was ultimately
banned. It was dirty, unhygienic, and quite possibly
toxic as well. But it was also unhealthy for the cows, since
in order to get the right shade of yellow, their diet was restricted to mango leaves. Nowadays Indian yellow is synthetic. 5. Radium Green Glow-in-the-dark paint was all the rage in
the 1910s and ‘20s, but in those days it was made out of radium. This green-glowing radioactive element was
only discovered by Marie Curie in 1898, so it was still pretty new and exciting—not
to mention misunderstood. Even Curie carried vials of it in her skirt. She thought it was “beautiful,” she said,
and apparently she wasn’t alone. 3,000 times more glowy than uranium and over
a million times more radioactive, radium-226 (the most stable isotope) has a half-life
of 1,600 years. It’s also extraordinarily rare. When the application of radium salts was found
to shrink tumors in the human body, people embraced the deadly element as a panacea for
“radiant health.” It was sold in water, soda, candy, face creams,
powders, lotions, and soaps—and was also added to spa baths. It wasn’t until later that people started
dying. As The Wall Street Journal reported in 1932
in a story about the steel mogul Eben Byers, “the radium water worked fine until his
jaw came off.” In paint, it was marketed under the brand
names Undark, Luna, and Marvelite. Originally intended for military watch dials
to help soldiers tell the time in the dark, it soon became fashionable among civilians. Of course, the factory girls who applied the
paint to clock and watch dials had no idea of its dangers; they were told it was totally
safe. And they thought nothing of sucking their
brushes to straighten the bristles, getting the dust in their hair and clothes, and even
painting their fingernails and teeth. Inevitably, they became very ill. One young woman complained of weight-loss,
joint pain, and feeling like a tired old woman. The following year, her dentist was dismayed
to find her jaw splintering away and was forced to remove it. But the constant bleeding that followed killed
her a little while later. Anemia and leukemia became common, and skeletons
effectively dissolved. Jaws, hips, ankles, and so on simply crumbled
away. Those who worked directly with the paint were
even carcinogenic themselves, exhaling deadly radon gas. But the factories refused to accept any blame
until the evidence became irrefutable. Although some of the surviving workers—dubbed
the “Radium Girls” by the press—brought lawsuits against the United States Radium
Corporation, the company’s lawyers stalled for time in a bid to run down the clock on
the statute of limitations. Meanwhile, the plaintiffs could barely walk
or talk, let alone work, while living without half of their faces. Ultimately, the US Radium Corporation was
forced to settle for $10,000 to each victim, along with a $400-a-year pension and full
medical care for the rest of their short, agonized lives. 4. Singularity Black The whole point of black is the absorption
of all visible light, reflecting nothing to the eye to be seen. So if you’ve “seen” black paint, then
either you didn’t really see it or it wasn’t really black. True black paint has been virtually non-existent
until only recently when Surrey NanoSystems introduced Vantablack. This “superblack” uses vertically aligned
carbon nanotubes—a billion for every square centimeter—to completely absorb all light. According to its creators, the nanotubes are
arranged like “blades of grass … all sticking upward on their ends.” They have also been compared to a field of
wheat in which, “instead of the wheat being 3 or 4 feet high, it’s about 1,000 feet
tall …. very, very long compared to their diameter.” Light enters and the photons can’t escape,
bouncing around inside until they’re absorbed and dissipated as heat. Even ultraviolet and infrared are captured
in this way. When the human eye looks toward Vantablack,
there’s nothing whatsoever to be seen. Although the spraypaint version, known as
Vantablack S-VIS, has a more random, “spaghetti-like” arrangement of nanotubes and therefore absorbs
less light, it’s only infrared that escapes—and that’s invisible anyway. Painting with Vantablack is basically subtractive. Even the contours of three-dimensional objects
are lost; all that’s left is a seemingly two-dimensional silhouette, as though your
vision itself has been Photoshopped. The designer Anish Kapoor was so entranced
by the paint that he bought exclusive rights to its use—effectively banning other artists
from using it. “It’s the blackest material in the universe
after black holes,” he said, incorrectly. Unfortunately all he’s used it for so far
is a fairly mediocre men’s watch priced at $90,000. In his defence, though, Vantablack is not
so much a paint as a proprietary process relying on Surrey NanoSystems’ equipment. So all he’s really done is contracted the
lab for his work. But Singularity Black is another nanotube
paint that anyone can purchase for use. Made under contract for NASA, it actually
predates Vantablack. It’s not quite as good, and it’s capable
of dissolving through the skin, but at least it’s available to all—at least if you
can afford it: $525 buys just enough to coat nine square inches. 3. Burf Pink This paint name, for the hexadecimal color
code 223, 173, 179, was actually devised by AI. The algorithmic neural network also came up
with ‘Ghasty Pink’ for 231, 137, 165 and ‘Kold of Tale’ for 222, 120, 174. Besides the pinks, it also dubbed a kind of
washed-out teal ‘Stoner Blue’, an ominous blood color ‘Farty Red’, and a buffish
tortilla just ‘Turdly’. The AI in question had been fed a list of
7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors in the R, G, B hexadecimal format, tasked with analyzing
the data for rules to name colors on its own. You can’t buy ‘Burf Pink’ or any of
the others—not yet anyway, not under those wonderful names. But if it’s pink you’re after, you might
want the pinkest pink out there. In response to Anish Kapoor’s Vantablack
hoarding, paint-maker Stuart Semple released a new pigment of his own—“The World’s
Pinkest Pink”—and specifically banned Kapoor from ever using it. (In an undeniably classy comeback, Kapoor
Instagrammed a photo of his middle finger, coated in Semple’s pink pigment, with a
caption that read “Up yours #pink”.) While we’re on the topic, it’s worth noting
that some claim pink doesn’t exist. We don’t see it in rainbows, they say, which
means no band of wavelengths mix red and violet. This of course would make pink even rarer
than black. But others say they’re just talking rubbish,
that all colors are inventions of the brain. Still, it’s an interesting factoid nevertheless. 2. Bioluminescent Blue In 2016, an Australian gallery showcased a
number of works that used bioluminescent blue paint. The solution contained the marine bacteria
Aliivibrio fischeri, whose natural glow the Hawaiian bobtail squid uses to camouflage
its shadow while hunting. However, the paintings (which included images
of a viperfish, the moon, and, for some reason, Donald Trump) were basically painted blind. Since the nutrients on the agar dishes that
served as each “canvas” could only support the bacteria for a time, the bioluminescence
of colonization had to coincide with the exhibition’s opening. When the solution was being applied, it was
effectively like invisible ink. Unfortunately, these works weren’t promoting
new paint so much as a way of testing antibiotics; A. fischeri glow when they’re alive, so
a lack of the glow means they’re dead. However, we could see bioluminescent paint
becoming more commonplace in the future. Bioluminescent plankton, for instance, are
known to emit a glow when disturbed—hence the blue illumination on some tides. It’s thought these organisms may be co-opted
as a low-impact, low-cost way to light up the cities of the future. If so, we may see them on buildings, in lamps,
and in streetlights. First, though, researchers will need a way
to make them glow without disturbance. In the meantime, there’s Stuart Semple’s
“glowiest glow pigment” Blue Lit—made from “some of the planet’s finest light
emitting pigments and rare earth activators,” according to the artist’s website. 1. WallSmart White This one’s just a concept for now, listed
among the likes of “Google Nose” (a nanosensor-based smell-augmentation device), “Energy Belt”
(which converts fat into energy to charge a cell phone), and the “Latro Lamp” (an
automatic light powered by CO2-consuming algae). But the WallSmart idea is pretty feasible:
Loaded with nanoscale LEDs, it’s a paint that changes color on demand. Once on the walls, it would in theory be controlled
by an app—the WallSmart app—as seen in the video above. You could change the colors of your walls
for an occasion or set them to match the time of day, your mood, your guests, and so on. It’s not clear what color they would be
by default, or with the system switched off, but white seems an obvious choice.

100 Comments

  • caro james says:

    Blacker than the blackest of Black. Loving it.

  • Maeve McCann says:

    The reason there are no flags with purple in them is because it was so expensive and rare

  • Lexx1976 says:

    What about Trump-orange? Remains a mystery I guess

  • Virginia Tyree says:

    8 16 19 Hey Simon, Shell, & the Team, Thanks for the post! Anyone that thinks colors would be boring, too bad. Han-purple is very fascinating. I noticed indigo wasn't include; would've been fun to include it. Years ago I was asked to find mineral-paint for an artist to make a Tankan painting (Buddhist subject). I went to the local China town, & visited EVERY shop (100). Of course, the last one had them; so very beautiful. Glad the video was suggested by Shell. Be well. v

  • throatgorge2 says:

    0:35 rare how? Blue ain't rare. Red ain't rare. What happens when you mix blue and red?

  • apple bee says:

    This video really makes the saying true, your channel is so interesting I could watch you make paint dry (;

  • Dallas Stanley says:

    Gotta say the update did not lie, this one is genuinely more interesting than the title let on

  • Lorelai G says:

    Something possibly mundane, surprisingly interesting!! Though really, I'm not surprised 😊

  • Barry Werdell says:

    I used to work at the paint department at Fred Meyers (Krogers) one day a person came in and wanted "Barn Red" paint. I couldn't find the formula on the computer so I asked my department manager. He explained that for true "Barn Red" paint you can't just take a white base and add red coloring. To make "Barn Red" you must start with a Red Base and add Red Coloring until it intensify s.

  • Katie Kane says:

    Lots of plants gave pigment to Native populations. Red from Bloodroot, yellow from Yellowroot, orange from asclepias flowers. Glad they've found out how to make these without decimating plant populations. Bloodroot, sanguisorbia, was also used in toothpaste, sensodyne, as it has antimicrobial properties. Fascinating plants!

  • Amanda B says:

    Vantablack sounds like the newest Rolls Royce luxury sedan exclusively sold to business tycoons

  • Ganieda Morgan says:

    "I'll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour." 💖 Wednesday Addams

  • Jahvonte Johnson says:

    Who invented clothes…even the cavemen wear skirts ….where tred originated from??

  • George Weilenmann says:

    Love the reptilian trolling

  • Nicola H-H says:

    Anyone else have a slight crush on Simon Whistler?

  • Shane Pelling says:

    Thank you for not dumbing the channel down. You might be leaving some money on the table in the short term but I think you will have a much more loyal fan base.

  • Ervin Abrahamian says:

    They're running out of ideas, next we'll be watching paint dry

  • LambentLark says:

    It couldn't POSSIBLY be that Indian yellow was named because it was only produced in INDIA. Nope, it has to be because the white devil wants to marginalize the brown people for playing in piss.

  • Dean Sinclair says:

    this video is way more interesting than i thought. like a lot.

  • Paul H says:

    Pluto was a planet, it's been reclassified as a dwarf planet. Saying that this means it's no longer a planet is like saying a dwarf human isn't a human. Do you want to get punched in the nuts? Because that is how you get punched in the nuts.

  • bottomrat oya says:

    Vincent VanGoff? Really? I mean really?

  • Suga Jones says:

    Nano paint 🎨 was the coolest

  • gumshoesoul says:

    Walmart Blue. (current)

  • Stephen Clementson says:

    Of course there's a pink…it's on my monitor, and it's composed of all three primary colours, but with a bias at the red end of the spectrum.

  • Louis Edwards says:

    Has anyone ever heard of "Blackwatch Green" or Chrome Orange?

  • Whyteferret says:

    A great book about the factory works with radium: “The Radium Girls.”

  • mr ed says:

    Botox injections cause bone deterioration, many things we use now we're finding to be horrors! It will never end!

  • Steven Stewart says:

    This vid is fekin sweet ta bro 🤜🤛

  • Lisa 86 says:

    I never thought I’d enjoy a video about colours, but then again I’m a painter and enjoy the array of colours. Also cochineal was used in McDonald’s strawberry milkshakes for a time, as my brother would tell me that he had to tell people it wasn’t vegetarian

  • Goth Empress says:

    I'm glad you brought up the Radium Girls and I watched your other video on them previously (along with many other documentaries on them.) What a disgusting display of humanity that situation was, but they deserve to be remembered.

  • CrazyBear65 says:

    I'm gonna steal me some of that black paint and paint my ceiling with it, then spatter some titanium white on it for stars, drop some acid, and kick on the blacklight…

  • Rebbeca Chunn says:

    Watching this cool video about color…even though I'm colorblind. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  • billyyank says:

    I'm curious to know how white dyes and pigments were made, especially in ancient times. White light is the combination of several colors, but how were white pigments produced? Mixing the same colored pigments together only gives a mucky brown color.

  • TheNinthDoctor says:

    Was finishing up my lunch when I got to the radium green. …Had to stop eating for a while.

    Also, clearly there need to be more stories about haunted paintings from the eras where mummy brown was used. Yikes.

  • Ashly DeBoard Art says:

    Loved this one! Right up my alley 😂… The history of blue would make an awesome "today I found out" JS!

  • Éric Roberge says:

    Why not in "chromological" order? 🙂

  • Reahastar Kitty says:

    I have a silly question that I have often thought about, who decided what colors were called what, most of just take it for granted that the name we call something like Red is just the way it is, but I want to know why we call the color we perceive as red is called red, who made that decision and when?

  • Richard Deese says:

    Thanks! There may be no pink in rainbows, but there's no brown either – not to mention white, tan, black, & a whole host of other common colors. On the other hand, indigo is in the rainbow, but nobody on the entire planet (apparently) has ever, ever used it for anything. I doubt the average person in the street could even describe it. All we really have instead, are 10 gazillion shades of dark blue. Oh, yeah – and blue-violet. Hmm. Anyway, thanks again. 𝓡𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲 𝓣𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲.

  • Bose de-Nage says:

    You forgot electroluminescent paint that emits light

  • Zaph Hood says:

    You don't think the leader of the free world is a suitable subject for a painting? How so?

  • Arno nümuss says:

    Radium doesn't glow green. Radium provides beta radiation, which excites a green phosphor, which is painted on top of the radium, or mixed with the radium.

  • Don Fields says:

    I noticed your "post" about why we should watch this particular episode, i hadnt seen it yet but had it on my list to see. I suggest a bit of creativity in the title to entice your fans. After all its no lie, there is alot of interesting info here, its just the title does make it seem potentially bland. Punny? Great vid, title needs some pizzaz sp?

  • Skakòfils Anònims says:

    Reptilian overlords?

  • Rabo Karabekian says:

    Chameleon paint.
    Paramagnetic Color Changing Paint

  • Adolf Hochhaltinger says:

    As far as I know the purple-colored togas of ancient Rome's nobles had a disgusting smell. Traces of the sea creatures it was made from remained in the dye and in the purple clothes and made them smell like a fishmonger.
    As we see nobility had it's price, even 2000 years ago.

  • David Stevens says:

    #5…one of the examples of when I wish YouTube had a "skip to the next number" feature for presentations. Otherwise, really interesting.

  • Lisa Bowers says:

    It's outrageous is that company lied to the Radium Girls, telling them the paint was safe. At the same time, lab workers were required to wear lead aprons and use ivory-tipped forceps to handle the radium. They were forbidden from holding the radium with their bare hands.

    And, the women were kept separate from the lab, so they had no idea that lab workers were wearing protective gear. The Radium Girls were quite literally kept in the dark.

  • Lisa Bowers says:

    The changing colors of WallSmart White reminds me of the the lady painting her fingernails on Total Recall. Someone needs to make this a thing!

  • Mark Tulsa says:

    I hear the Trump administration is rolling back the ban on radium in every day household goods. The radium girls are back in business. MAGA!

  • OneHairyGuy says:

    The title of this video didn’t seem like it was going to be interesting. Who knew paint 🎨 was very interesting !!

  • typograf62 says:

    Caput mortuum is also the name of a pigment made from iron oxides, a residue from the production of sulphuric acid. A very useful and cheap pigment. No mummies harmed.

  • Diane Ellis says:

    Great video Simon 😸. As an artist the story of color and pigment fascinated me. I really like that Trump was done with bacteria lol 🙀🙀🙀🙀❤️❤️❤️😸

  • Carl Williamson says:

    "until his jaw came off"

  • Gareth Pendlebury says:

    "It worked fine until his jaw came off!" Dead 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Aaron Burr Atwood. says:

    They should rename the phrase the term “snake oil” to “mummy powder”! Here, take this.

  • metamorphicorder says:

    I almost lost my wine when he said cadaver powder was applied to skin…. then it got worse.

  • Ria Agarwal says:

    What would make Indian yellow unheigenic? The urine is booked and seived

  • Anne D says:

    Geez.. gives me a whole new respect for synthetic materials!

  • Simon Blackham says:

    Autistic kid…
    "… if there was a colour darker than black I would paint my room with it; then I would paint some of it black to brighten it up a little!"

  • fryingscotsmanful says:

    I did not expect that to be interesting, should had more faith in you guys I really enjoyed it ty

  • Devlin Morin says:

    New D&D character. Painter looking for new colors. Party has to close a portal to hell with legions of devils marching out. Painter notices the hellfire brimstone in hell is a different shade from normal brimstone. So walks into the portal to get some.

  • Naming THEM says:

    So tired of hearing about "racism" always in reference to whites…
    black people are some of the most racist people I've ever met
    They are the primary perpetrators of hate crimes in America percapida

  • diGritz1 says:

    When you consider Pharmaceutical companies can trace their origins back to things like Mumia it's not hard to see why, for the most part, we consider them blood sucking vultures.

  • sandramorrison99 says:

    PRETTY KOOL!!!

  • DavidFMayerPhD says:

    Orpiment is arsenic sulfide.

  • Areyousaying idontknowmyname says:

    Not sure if you have heard of it. But a couple of guys in Australia have made a paint that contains solar panel affect. Apparently still a thing.

  • Reddragon Hawk says:

    Van go… van gof and then you question pronounceability for something else ….wtf

  • sandy roberts-anderson says:

    Fascinating

  • Laura Parsons says:

    Very interesting😊

  • Christian Lainesse says:

    Black 3.0 (currently soldout) and Black 2.0 are much more available and affordable

  • Siiri Cressey says:

    They painted their TEETH?!

  • Johanna Kerns says:

    Very interesting. Glad you mentioned the Radium Girls, although sad that arsenic green wasn't given a mention. It was popular in the 1800s and was indeed made of arsenic.

  • Martin D says:

    "Is human leather a thing?" Al Gore texts his mummy through the reddo-net

  • Jay Artz says:

    Do a top 10 ways to mispronounce "Van Gough"

  • Robert Nett says:

    Soooo this is literally a video where we watch paint dry 😀

  • Kathryn Geeslin says:

    And with all the horror stories throughout history, especially recent medical and business history, we still have people insisting we don't need regulations because businesspeople are totally honest and it's unnecessary red tape, same for doctors and "alternative medicine" based on "alternative facts".

  • Alexander Rüffer says:

    vantablack? pffft
    The New World's Blackest Paint (Black 3.0) vs the Brightest Flashlight
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PSaGS5i1Yw&t=461s

  • PKV1611221 1611221 says:

    Fascinating

  • Steve Staley says:

    How about electro luminescent paint

  • Tacklecentral Fishing says:

    This video is like watching paint dry.
    But funner.

  • waterandafter says:

    Indian Yellow looks like it would come from turmeric.

  • ASMR for ASD says:

    Simon, you forgot Yin Mn blue paint.

  • spencer ellis says:

    Today i found out that if you say "moist" in a video you are likely to get demonitized…..crazy

  • SuperMich66 says:

    aahhhh, my mummy dust !!!!!!!!!

  • Captain327 says:

    I thought I saw the blackest black once, but when I looked closer I saw that actually it was just very very very very very very very very very very dark blue.

  • fgfgfgf drtduud says:

    there's also 'paint' with elements of holography giving it a specific look

  • Reggie Lavoie says:

    Check out Lumilor, pretty cool stuff. Electro luminosity paint.

  • Calisa Hardy says:

    Color me amazed! This is pretty darn cool…

  • DingoBoy says:

    I expected this to be a boring video based on the title. Wrong. That was quite interesting. Should never skip an episode…

  • Dean Jefferies says:

    Hats off to the topic today!! Must have been really stoned when you thought of this one…. great video

  • Henri de Feraudy says:

    One way to get a pigment is to use small sheet-like particles of transparent high refractive material where the thickness of the material is quite uniform and is close to the wavelength of the colour one wants to obtain. The colour is obtained by interference between the reflection of the light at the two principal sides of the sheet. This is what can give butterfly wings their colour.
    This is not suited for all applications as the color depends on the viewing angle.

  • Henri de Feraudy says:

    How about a video on 10 great people with horrible spouses. To start the content I'll propose Norbert Wiener.

  • Adam Hickey says:

    fac·toid

    /ˈfakˌtoid/

    noun

    NORTH AMERICAN

    a brief or trivial item of news or information.

    an assumption or speculation that is reported and repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact.

  • Robert Syrett says:

    Quinacridone red is lightfast and intense, is it the next billion dollar red?

  • Still Deubell says:

    Most interesting video I've seen in forever. 👏😮

  • SCuba Do says:

    There is a Netflix show. The radium girls. Its very sad. Of course

  • Jade Loren says:

    If you guys like paint sea paints is amazing and can be used to paint a lot of stuff (just shouting it out because I follow the owner on Facebook she’s super sweet and we use her paint all the time)

  • ocfos88 says:

    The radium girls were encouraged to lick the brushes, not doing it by themselves.

  • Luubelaar says:

    Turdly … LMFAO!!!

  • Cornell Waters says:

    Thank You 🖌️

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