Consider yourself an expert on paint? You may know less than you think. Even experts are surprised at these little-known — often odd — facts about paint and paint color. How many of them come as a surprise to you?
1. The color purple became associated with royalty because at one time only aristocrats could afford the expensive pigment. During Roman times, it took 4 million crushed mollusk shells to create one pound of purple pigment.
4. The first interior painting was done roughly 40,000 years ago in what is now France by prehistoric cave dwellers, who employed stencils in some of the work and even “spray-painted” by blowing paint through hollow bird bones.
7. In a reversal of gender roles, it’s male Wodaabe charm dancers in Niger who apply facial paint color to attract the opposite sex.
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