Five years ago, the Internet changed forever. It wasn’t really a landmark development – no outstanding advancement in modern technology, or a breakthrough in medical science. It was simply a humble picture of a dress with a simple question; what colour is this?
And it kicked off a global slight panic with the discovery that hey, not everyone sees things the same way. Truly mind-blowing stuff, people.
Far greater than the routine squabbles about location-based language (it’s a potato cake, don’t argue), the argument that tore the Internet apart was about what the fuck the colour of this dress is.
— Colleen Grimes (@collgrimes) February 27, 2015
For some, they saw white and gold. For others, like me, it’s more blue and black. Sometimes I see blue and gold. I think. The colours literally change the more that I stare at the picture.
The argument bubbled its way to Hollywood, with plenty of celebs weighing in on what colour the dress is.
white and gold
— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) February 27, 2015
IT'S A BLUE AND BLACK DRESS! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 27, 2015
(That’s a classic Ryan and Kelly argument right there, I swear it.)
I asked my brother. He agreed with me saying gold and white. Now all he sees in blue and black. What is this sorcery!!! I still see g/w
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) February 27, 2015
The dress is Teal. ????
— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) February 27, 2015
What color is that dress? I see white & gold. Kanye sees black & blue, who is color blind?
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 27, 2015
I am so blown away. I know this is becoming a thing but I SEE A BLUE AND BLACK DRESS! I don't get it
— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) February 27, 2015
It all comes down to the science of sight. Speedy researchers worked on figuring it out from a scientific perspective and published their findings a couple of months after the dress destroyed the Internet. As per Live Science, they determined that it’s all about how our eyes perceive colour in daylight.
They found that people who saw the dress as white and gold probably assumed it was lit by daylight, so their brains ignored shorter, more blue wavelengths. Those who saw the dress as blue and black assumed a warm, artificial light, so their brains ignored longer, redder wavelengths. And finally, those who saw the dress as a blue and brown colour probably assumed neutral lighting.
Science aside, I can assure you it’ll spark up plenty of debates again this week as we look back at the exact moment offices, workplaces, group chats, classrooms, and any significant gathering of people absolutely went to pieces over a god damn dress.
But hey, at least one person got it right: Chrissy Teigen.
Image: Tumblr / Twitter / @OodoriSummer
Fuck the dress it's heinous
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 27, 2015