Everything You Wanted To Know About Orange
One day, you were walking down your street, and you suddenly had an urge, greater than anything before... you had to know more about oranges. And not just the fruit, but the color and everything it has stood for throughout the endless centuries. That's why you are here, right?
Probably not, though if you want to learn about orange in general, this is it. Hopefully you have some time on your hands, because if you don't you will probably find this pointless. But if you are at all curious, please carry on...
The color orange itself hasn't been of much symbolic importance in the past few centuries. It seems that the only relation to the color in history is that the national color of the Netherlands is orange. However, orange has made quite a leap in terms of importance in our society (If you consider that a leap from nothing to something is sort of significant). Orange is used in the U.S. as the color of choice for construction workers, or any other job/hobby that requires visibility. It is also required in certain states that you wear orange if you are hunting.
Here are a few more facts about the color orange:
1) Despite the way it looks in photos, the Golden Gate Bridge is painted in a form of orange called International Orange.
2) King Henry VIII was the first person to use the word orange as a color. Before then, it was more commonly known as yellow-red.
3) Orange is derived from the Sanskrit language, and then to Spanish as the word naranja.
Oranges, even though they have become a sort of generic fruit, are actually the result of a mix of two different plants. It has been found that oranges probably originated somewhere in Asia, which is why oranges are often nicknamed the "Chinese Apple".
Oranges also have many medical properties, and have been used by sailors for a long time to prevent scurvy (due to the large amounts of vitamin C in the orange) on long journeys over the sea. It has also been found that oranges may possess anti-carcinogenic properties.
After certain amounts of processing, the orange can be used in many different products, the most prominent being orange juice. However, there are some other products and uses, which include:
1) The pure orange oil is toxic to bugs, and has been recently used as a bug repellent.
2) The peel of the orange contains most of the orange oil in the entire orange, and can be crushed to be used in a variety of applications, including aromatherapy, perfume, and as flavoring in different foods.
3) Orange blossoms are used to make orange blossom honey, which tastes very much like oranges.
Other Random Facts About Orange
1) There is not a single word, along with purple, in the English language that rhymes with the word orange. (Although there are some half-rhymes, a few being lozenge, syringe, and hinge)
2) Orange is a color used in aerospace to mark testing equipment.
3) The color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around.
4) The mascot of the Syracuse is an orange.
5) Many navel oranges are clones of each other, due to a technique called grafting, where branches of one tree are cut and then fitted to another tree. This produces oranges that are identical to the tree from which it was cut.
6) The Orange Blossom is the state flower of Florida.
7) The orange is technically not a fruit, it is a berry.
Hopefully, you weren't too bored with that, and you might have even added something to your "Random Useless Facts Collection". As you can see, oranges may play a bigger role than we imagine, perhaps more than any other fruit/color we have.
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