Yes, it’s pink; and there may well be fluffy bunnies. But it’s resolutely not going to be a pale insipid wishy-washy green. There’s quite enough of that sort of nonsense around. Just because it’s spring is no reason for people to abandon good sense and wear terrible colours (though May Day approaches: excuse for blazing fiery red!).
So here’s some links that have amused me in the last while–some are more recent, some are well-used pre-loved recycled classics. For even darker things can be green: dark green.
- The perils of dihydrogen monoxide
- Baffled by the beauty experts? So is a nobel prizewinner (*cough*sorry* The Telegraph, 2005-12-06)
- and some gems from Ben Goldacre:
- Attack of the wrinkled ladies (2007-05-05)
- Homeopaths are at their most honest when… (2011-02-16)
- Write the MHRA label for homepathy (2011-02-17)
- Snopes.com: Urban legends reference source
- Tom Weller, Science Made Stupid
See also: Bad Science, The Beauty Brains, Cynical-C, Jezebel (search for “beauty”), and many others on that “keep your brain switched on/wits about you” angle on thinking before one consumes. All in all, in the grand scheme of things, part of “refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle.”
To balance things out, reinject some happiness into affairs, and end on a seasonally-appropriate note:
On a less happy note, 22 April is a good excuse to revisit some other classics of a less happy nature: Greenpeace’s comment on the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty (warning–if this is your first time, possibly not suitable viewing when eating or about to go to sleep); its subject (with some laudable feminist attributes, to be fair, albeit in the service of marketing) here.
Back to happy notes. In the words of that great green hero:
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