The Color Scheme of a Modern-Day Traffic Light

Here’s something to ponder: two of the three lights in your average, modern-day traffic light are primary colors. Red and yellow.

So why the fuck isn’t the third one blue?

If it was just red and green, that’s be fine. As we’re reminded every December, those are complementary colors that fit will together, but not if you include yellow, because then dogs are cats, up is down, and Hollywood is the best source of trenchant political analysis.

I know it would be confused if, all of a sudden, the “go” lights suddenly turned blue, but it would be a more constant and aesthetically pleasing color palette.


It is from ideas such as this that madness is born.


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