Show #020: I Am Curious Green/Orange

pennantsThe twentieth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

In this episode: Geek Madness kicks off with a bang; Paul’s lamentable decorative tastes, and a callback to his fractional homosexuality; Storm’s color-name blindness and pennant fever; and the relative comedic merits of various projectiles, especially foodstuffs.

Audience participation alert! Don’t forget to vote in Geek Madness and spread the word; also, let us know how you decorated your bedroom walls as a youngster.

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Show #020: I Am Curious Green/Orange (Some content NSFW)


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  1. Posted December 16, 2008 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    Umm… If you had a signed Barry Manilow photo over your bed as a kid, you were/are far more than 4% gay. I think 11% to 14% might be a more accurate figure… I’m just sayin’.

  2. Rich
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    On the being hit by food thing: it’s schadenfreude. It generally applies when it’s seen as either trivial (e.g. pie in the face doesn’t hurt) or well-deserved (e.g. a jackass tailgates you before flying past, a few minutes later you see him getting a ticket), or both.

  3. Posted December 16, 2008 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    A joyous Janucember to you both!

    In the 70s, I had a poster of the King Tut sarcophagus, and a poster collage of Donny and Marie. (You may or may not remember that I posted a comment a while back about my wonderful Donny and Marie play set. I was a huge fan.) My older sister’s half of the room was covered with pictures of Lee Majors, Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood.

    I had my own room in the early 80s, and since I was a preteen, my bedroom was of course filled with many rainbows and unicorns. Somewhere along the way, I acquired a poster of Heaven Can Wait and hung it up. Why? I don’t know. I also had an awesome Tolkein-themed wall calendar, which I think stayed up long after it was useful. (I might even still have it.) And, because I was an utter Tolkein dork, I drew my own illustration of “Farewell to Lorien,” with Galadriel waving good-bye and her entire song written out in elvish.

  4. Posted December 16, 2008 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    P.S. Now I know where the Goobers and Raisinets jingle came from!

  5. Posted December 16, 2008 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    I haven’t listened to this podcast yet, since I can’t use the internet from home at the moment. But I’m really curious about this colour-name blindness thing, because I always used to get orange and green mixed up (just the names, I have no problems distinguishing the colours), and I never had a problem with other colours. Maybe it’s because orange is kind of a green word.

  6. Colton David
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    What I Had/Have on My CHildhood Wall:

    Nightmare Before Christmas poster

    LOTR Posters

    Indianna Jones Posters (( I loove Drew Strusan ))

    An Empty Space Where a Paul & Storm Poster Would Go

  7. Posted December 16, 2008 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Not being able to distinguish the words orange and green is not boring! That is absolutely fascinating! I mean, orange not only refers to the color – there is the fruit that is a constant reminder! It boggles my mind.

    When we were young, my sister’s and my room was pretty basic girly. I know we had pink walls at one time, but I think that was actually when we were older, or maybe even after I moved out. Anyway, At some point in the early 80’s our parents let us write and draw all over the ceiling with markers. The only things I remember that was up there were crude drawings of Opus and Bill the Cat. My sister had him saying “BLECH”, except she misspelled it “BLEACH”. That was right above my bed for a few years.

    I decorated my little corner by my bed with my white bean bag chair and a heart shaped pillow with my name on it, Beatles posters, and since I didn’t have (because they didn’t exist) any Weird Al or Dr. Demento posters, I put little nails in the wall and put the albums on the wall by letting one corner fall between two nails, so they hung tilted to the side – lined up were my 3 Dr. Demento albums and 3 or 4 of Al’s.

  8. Posted December 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    “Too Efficient and it Loses its Character” is the name of my emo band. And the name of the upcoming tour.

    I voted for the Professor, I don’t know. The fact that he’s able to, say, build a radio out a coconut, but not fix the ship baffles me to end.

    I believe topics are under a Creative Commons. You provided attribution.

    “Steady Rotation of Stains” is the name of my other emo band and the CURRENT tour.

    Right now I just have a few little things on my wall. I have a hole in the wall from when my temper wasn’t so controlled. It’s nut a full hole, per se, like you can’t see the room over, but it’s significant enough that it’s not flat. Not like the world, I guess.

    Wait, Storm looks like that one bin Laden son, the one with the leather jacket and the dreadlocks.

    I think the shoe is funny, only because you can make the Austin Powers references like “Who throws a shoe? Honestly!” Also a shoe, just the way he threw it, it had that thing where it had that kind of spininess to it.

    “Collateral Liquid Damage Potential” is yet another of my emo bands and tours.

    Lasagna would funny if it were cooked, but like not hot. Because it would burn, and that’s no fun.

    As far as lobsters, have you seen Coulton’s Twitter about them: Lobster Roll’d

  9. Jack F
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    My bedroom walls: my brother still makes fun of me for my bicentennial display (mostly stuff I got at the 7/4/76 parade in Philly). Also, a ridiculous amount of Beatles stuff (including an impressive collection of 45 sleeves) and later (after I got a job in a theater) lots of 80s movie posters. [My favorite posters then: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (with 2 leggy young ladies) and Cheech and Chong’s Nice Dreams (featuring 3 bikini clad beauties). Guess I had to note that so no one uses my Beatles stuff as a reason to calculate my percentage.]

  10. Heather
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    I used to get Kids Discover when I was little. Each issue would was on a different topic, like volcanos, lightning, sharks, dolphins, waterfalls, ancient Greece/Rome/Egypt, etc. In each issue was a 2-page poster of whatever the main topic was, and I used to put the really interesting or really awesome-looking ones up on my walls.

  11. Mrs Flibble
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I almost fell out of my chair when Storm said he mixes up the words for green & orange since I have always had the same problem with green and purple. In my case, I think it all stems from a childhood belief in the color: grapel. Since grapes come in green & purple, I somehow merged them in my mind, I reckon. I still have problems to this day with mixing up those two words.

    Childhood wall: Chalkboard (black, not green)

  12. Katie
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    I have orange-green color-name blindness, too! I’ve never met (or heard of) anyone with the same affliction…I just thought I was an idiot when it came to this very specific thing. What is even worse: green (as in the real green) is my favorite color. That is unfortunate because I often answer “orange” and now I have a lot of random things that are orange…bummer. Storm, I appreciate you sharing this ’cause now I am not alone…now it is the two of us. We’re practically a society.

  13. Posted December 18, 2008 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    The three of us, Katie. πŸ™‚ We are a society.

  14. Robin
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    During my tween years, my walls were practically wallpapered with posters of New Kids on the Block and various other pinups from the teenybopper magazines. I, uh… I have no excuse other than that I was young. And they were pretty. (I have a weakness for the pretty.) Well, that and it was covering up the hideous green paint that my parents refused to paint over.

    By the by, being hit in the face with a pie could be deadly to one of my roommates, if it was topped with meringue. He’s rather allergic to eggs.

  15. Posted December 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I don’t remember what was on my walls when I was really young (possibly a poster of Ravishing Rick Rude, or was that on a ringbinder? Either way, I blame my sister), but I remember having a poster of My Own Private Idaho which somebody gave me. I still know nothing about that movie except that it has River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves in it. I later cut out the photo of Keanu (or was it River? I can’t remember) and sold it to a girl in my class who was a fan of that actor.

  16. Peter
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I found the orange/green thing to be interesting, not because I’ve ever had that problem, but because I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that the only way to describe any given color (outside of abstracts like, “It’s warm.” or “It’s soothing.”) is in ralation to other colors. Like, if you suddenly ran into a sentient dog or something, who would naturally only have seen in black and white for its whole life, you would only be able to tell them what colors are like, but not what they LOOK like.

  17. Posted December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    My room as a kid was always “going to get painted soon” so the walls were a bit of a peeling whiteish wreck. I didn’t mind – I was allowed to write on them! Thus my childhood wall decorations were pictures, stories, and stuff written by my friends. I made every friend who ever came over sign my wall.

    A bit of a sad epilogue, though – we had a house fire when I was 15, and the water from the fire hoses washed away a lot of the stuff on my walls, as I had been using water-soluble markers. A lot of years of neat stuff, gone with nary a trace.

  18. Ann
    Posted December 31, 2008 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s not exactly on par with a signed Barry Manilow picture, but…

    I was digging through my parents’ attic over the holidays and there, buried in a box, I found my autographed picture of MacGyver! Oh yeah, that puppy was tacked to my wall for many a year and damned if I hadn’t thought I’d lost it years ago!

  19. Gillian
    Posted January 24, 2009 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    So unrelated to the podcast proper, on the topic of the end song of the day, “Goober Peas”…if you’d believe it, when I was in 7th grade, which was 12 years ago, our choirs (of which I was a member) put on a Civil War-themed concert. The 8th graders got to be the North, and the 7th graders were the South…and what did the 7th grade boys get to sing? “Goober Peas”! When I heard it, I nearly cried happy tears out of the memory of middle school boys attempting to sing. πŸ™‚

  20. Posted May 19, 2009 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I just heard somebody in a meeting referring to the green circles on her slides as orange circles. It doesn’t seem like she noticed.

  21. MsGill
    Posted September 5, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy to hear that someone else has the orange/green color name issue. I’m an educator and it really does not go over well when you can’t get your colors correct! It is the strangest thing… I can see orange and green as different colors and call them the right names, but sometimes I’ll say that something is green when it is actually organge and visa versa. What is that about?? It drives me crazy!

  22. kayla
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    oh my god!! i mix up the names of green and orange again! i just found this page through googling it. ive never met anyone with this condition either, i thought i was crazy. and my favourite colour is green too! does anyone know why??
    yeah im not colourblind, i see them as different, and i know green is green and orange is orange, but i mix them up sometimes…. what is it? is it that the look of the colour green matches the sound orange and vice versa! wowww! so glad i found this. its nice to know you arent alone!

  23. harry
    Posted January 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    I too mix up green and Orange. Meet a young kid today that called his bike Orange when it was green. I asked him if he did that all the time and he said yes. Googled it and found this. Thought I was alone with this. Lol

  24. jon
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    SWEET! my daughter and i do the SAME THING!

    yay let’s join a club. orange definitely is a green word πŸ™‚

    you do this with other stuff? a friend hipped me to “Synesthesia” — that may explain some of it?

  25. Frank
    Posted October 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    i totally have the orange and green problem, i cannot believe anyone else does. i would be interested in finding out the background of anyone who does, i wonder if there is something we all have in common?

  26. Amie D.
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I only mix up ORANGE and GREEN… no other colors. I thought I had a brain tumor or something. Ok that’s dramatic, but it happens very often, although not every single time. The fact that there are other people that do this is a wee bit odd, yet I am comforted. Please feel free to contact me if anyone has info on our “condition” at Thanks!

  27. Roger Notmyrealname
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I’ve always mixed up the words green and orange. Not the colors; I see them perfectly find and know what they are. I remember doing this since kindergarten. Now, 40+ years later, I do it less frequently, and I still do it. Until I found this page, I’d never heard or seen anyone else do this. Amazing that after all these years I find out that there are others!

  28. Trisha Halberstadt
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I have the ORANGE and GREEN naming problem too! I just googled this, because my husband thinks I’m nuts!

    email me if anyone know why?!

  29. Kristen
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow!!! I have the same problem… I thought I was just weird, until I found out my 11yr old daughter does it too!! Then I googled it found this blog! I’m so happy I’m not the only one. I would love to find the reason behind it though πŸ™‚

  30. Cat
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    So happy to hear other people have this very same Orange and Green mix up problem. I thought, like many of you, I was just being silly and not thinking thoroughly enough before answering but I never do it with any other colours. Can anyone answer the question though, why does it happen?!?

  31. Posted May 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m bilingual in Spanish…have the orange/green issue mentioned here in BOTH LANGUAGES!! Thank you for sharing everyone, I don’t feel as “strange” any more!

  32. Posted July 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a whole lot of other people who say the wrong thing for green/orange. Weird.

  33. Kathleen C
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting to see that others have the same orange/green problem, I thought it was just me. So, wondering if anyone has any explanation for this?? There must be some sort of common thread.

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