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Clever Hexadecimal Colors
What's your favorite color? Is it maybe red, green, or blue? Okay, they are pretty nice colors, but you must admit that coffee, badass, and façade are so much nicer. The only problem is that they are not colors at all. Right? Right??
Right, but at the same time wrong. Well, "coffee" isn't a color, but if you turn it into a hexadecimal color code, it is! For example, "coffee" turns into #c0ffee, "badass" into #bada55 and so forth.
Don't know what hex(adecimal) colors are? Fear not. I'll tell you what they are. I'll also tell you how to make your own funny hex colors. Then, be sure to share your creations in the Guestbook at the bottom of this page.
The gorgeous photo above is by Ranjith Shenoy
Definitions of the words (excluding "lolcat") from Dictionary.com
What the Hex? - What are hex colors?
If you are ever working with HTML and colors, you will eventually run into so-called hexadecimal (hex) color codes. They are used to specify colors.
Basically, you just need to know that
- the [hex color] code has to be 6 or 3 characters long
- you can use numbers 0-9
- you can use letters a-f (and A-F; they are not case sensitive)
- the code has a hash symbol (#) in the beginning
- the hex color code of pure white is #ffffff (or #FFFFFF or #FffFfF; the letters are not case sensitive)
- #ff0000 (pure red)
- #000000 (pitch black)
- #abc123 (ugly, limeish green)
- #c0a is the same as #cc00aa (gaudy purple)
Now comes the fun part. Because you can use letters (a-f), you can make hex colors that actually mean something, e.g. #facade (façade is an actual word).
To make this even more funny, you can think some numbers as letters. Like this:
- 0 = o (the number 0 looks like the letter o)
- 1 = l (lowercase L) or I (uppercase i)
- 2 = Z
- (4 = A) (not needed because you can use the letter a (and A))
- 5 = S
- 7 = T
If you are eager to learn more about hex colors, these websites are good for that:
Would you like a cup of coffee?
coffee / #c0ffeeHey, this is truly interesting: coffee isn't black but light cyan! What have you really been drinking when you have been drinking pitch black "coffee"? :D
coffee: A beverage consisting of a decoction or infusion of the roasted ground or crushed seeds (coffee beans) of the two-seeded fruit (coffee berry) of certain coffee trees.
Not your typical cat
lolcat / #101ca7Have you ever seen a white cat? A black one? Grey? Maybe, they are not so rare, but how about a blue cat? Anyway, this lolcat is dark blue!
lolcat: "A photo of a cat with a funny caption in lolspeak." Read more.
Stop bossing me, lady
bosses / #b055e5Hey you, lady in that purple suit. Stop bossing me around. :P
boss: A person who employs or superintends workers; manager.
faÃ§ade / #facadeBuildings are too often boring black, grey, yellow or something like that. I would like to see a pink building/façade at least once. That, if something, would be beautiful!
façade: The front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative one.
Poll: Basses vs FaÃ§ade - Which one is prettier?
Quick, which one is prettier color?
What color is your office?
office / #0ff1ceForget boring offices and gloomy walls. Brighten up your office with the official office color: irritating, gaudy cyan.
office: A room assigned to a specific person or a group of persons in a commercial or industrial organization.
Hey badass, why are you so green?
badass / #bada55Why are you so green? Green with envy, maybe? Or are you seasick?
badass: Distinctively tough or powerful; so exceptional as to be intimidating.
There are dozens of possibilities to create funny hex colors. Try to create a funny hex color and share it below. Can you come up with better color than #c0ffee?
Here is some additional fun with hex colors:
Convert your birthday into a hex color.
If possible, try to convert your name into a hex color.
Use your imagination.