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500 Shades of Grey

This photo is a picture is the cover from the writer’s copy of Fantastic Novels Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 5, January 1951 

Mystery! Intrigue! Scandal!  But it’s only Tuesday you say.  What could possibly be worth all the fuss?  Oh, but that’s the story of today's “color.”

It’s the land of in between and all around.  It’s the color of “blurred lines” (without Miley Cyrus) and silver screens.  It’s the color that runs 500 shades deep that are visible by the human eye.  Yes folks today on Preval’s color series, we are going to embark into that “grey” area.

Perhaps it may be a bit morbid to admit but there’s always been something about the color grey that has appealed to me.  Was it the countless nights spent watching reruns of “I Love Lucy” or “The Three Stooges” or was it the horror scenes done in black and white?  There’s always been something drawing about grey.

All funny business aside, grey represents elegance, intellect, knowledge and wisdom.  The amount of grey matter coursing through your brain helps shape and define who you are- from a musician, a skilled airbrush painter, a philosopher to… and the list goes on.  According to scientific studies done in Madrid, various personality deficits and mental disorders may be attributed to the lack of grey matter.  Could the character “Abby Normal” in Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” perhaps therefore have been suffering his own lack of grey material?  

The concept of grey even being a color at all is debatable.  Science would lead us to believe that grey is more of a perception rather than a reality.  Per

“A “color” where light is concerned must appear on the spectrum, which black and white do not. Because white is all the colors of light combined and black is no light.  Grey, on the other hand, is less well defined, as it is only perceived. In other words, grey is not a part of the light color wheel. Grey is how we perceive objects in dim light. Cones perceive photon energy and are responsible for our perception of color. Rods perceive light intensity. In dim light, where not enough photon energy is present to see color, our rods can still function to perceive differences in light intensity and we see the world in shades of grey.”

Which shade of grey will make your perceptive dreams become realities today?  Let us here at Preval help make it a reality.  One photon at a time.  It doesn’t matter if you’re normal or your first name is Abby.

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