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Oddities of colour

Alison in Wonderland

Yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, black. This is the colour order in which you need to eat jellybeans, otherwise I come out in instant hives (a lumpy red rash that you might know as netelroos of galbulten, not to be mistaken for the Dutch social networking site Hyves). Until recently I thought I was alone as far as colour-related oddities go, but I’m happy to report that I’ve discovered a friend with a highly developed case of synaesthesia. This is where you see numbers as colours, so he remembers telephone numbers as grey-red-green-grey-black-yellow etc. He swears it serves him well because he has two means (number and colour) by which to remember numbers. He is doing a PhD in maths, after all. And unlike hives, it doesn’t make him scratch like a dog with fleas.


Alison Edwards



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