The Backpage: 17,527 major irritants

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 11:59pm
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Step into Bridgestone Arena for a Predators playoff game and one color is inescapable: gold.

Arrive at your seat, and there is a (very well-sponsored) T-shirt waiting for you just in case you didn’t wear your gold home sweater. (BTW, thanks for making it extra-large, guys. This isn’t always the slimmest fan base in the world — present company included.)

But seeing all that gold made us wonder ... what does it all mean?

We reached out to Cheryl Gulley, chairwoman of the interior design department at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, to get her expert opinion.

The short version? It’s irritating.

“Most people will say things like it is a happy color or sunny color. But that is not always the case,” she said.

“A yellow with full saturation — not diluted by adding white, etc. — can be perceived as forceful. Actually, it can become an irritant. We sometimes call this ‘center-line yellow,’ the same intense yellow that is painted on roadways and used for caution tape. It is a color to be avoided for kitchens, nurseries or customer service areas due to the irritation that can result.

“My hope is that it proves to be an irritant to all that play the Predators.”

We do, too, Professor.

So, welcome to Nashville, you Phoenix Coyotes. We’re going to irritate the bejeezus out of you.

2 Comments on this post:

By: MusicCity615 on 5/2/12 at 7:21

Nice article Steve Cavendish!


By: sharko20 on 5/2/12 at 9:26

The only color on the Coyotes mind is silver..............