Last night if you were anywhere near the internet you were no doubt swept up in the controversy surrounding #TheDress.
As if I need to explain, but just in case, here’s what happened: A poorly lit photo of a dress (above) from a British retailer (the dress costs 77 QUID off the rack!) was posted to Tumblr asking the question, what colors are this dress? From there, a uniquely all-encompassing online debate erupted over whether the dress was white and gold or blue and black. And to be clear, this was EVERYWHERE last night. Buzzfeed, the internet’s home for desperately clawing for every click they can possibly get, reported that their post about the dress broke traffic records on their site with more than 670,000 people viewing the article at once.
Since we here at Funny Or Die are logical folks, the first place we turn to for answers is science. Just the facts, ma'am. Let the degenerates debate it out; we’ll rely on cold hard data.
The folks at Deadspin went directly to the Photoshop eyedropper tool to see what it had to say. Turns out it says the dress is varying shades of blue and BROWN, if you can believe it.
As the author of Deadspin’s post, Kyle Wagner, says, “Pretty much everyone is wrong, which seems about right.”
Next, we start talking to the geeks, the nerds, the neuroscientists. Wired.com was able to scrounge up a color and vision expert whose phone I’m sure was ringing OFF THE HOOK last night. Here’s what he had to say.
— Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College
What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis. So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.
So there you go. The article goes on to explain that the way you interpret the colors of the dress is all about the context, the background that you see the dress projected onto.
“Most people will see the blue on the white background as blue,” Conway says. “But on the black background some might see it as white.”
Next we turn to social media. First, as is customary, we honor the celebrity reactions to #TheDress.
What color is that dress? I see white & gold. Kanye sees black & blue, who is color blind?— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 27, 2015
I don't understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it's a trick somehow. I'm confused and scared. PS it's OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 27, 2015
That fucking dress is BLACK and BLUE! Is everyone else on drugs?— Frankie Muniz (@frankiemuniz) February 27, 2015
If that's not White and Gold the universe is falling apart. Seriously what is happening????— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 27, 2015
Also — Big Surprise! — people were making jokes.
The colors are you're all fucking idiots— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 27, 2015
Kram and Mr Pitt cant agree about color of dress MR PITT: Its blue! You have to UNFOCUS your eyes! pic.twitter.com/wttMjgcDhH— Seinfeld Current Day (@Seinfeld2000) February 27, 2015
Okay then, what color is THIS dress? Are you sitting down? It's actually three muffins! pic.twitter.com/Cj7MJASBm6— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 27, 2015
The fight over what color the dress is seems as meaningless as every religious war except its over something that actually exists #TheDress— Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) February 27, 2015
Luckily, we live in a day and age where Domino’s can tweet about the dress too.
This is awkward, it's actually white and red. pic.twitter.com/DpCKsBkPiI— Domino's Pizza (@dominos) February 27, 2015
Lost in all the hubbub is how pretty the dress is, fashion-wise. My girlfriend is a fashion expert (she has a fashion DEGREE from college), and this is what she had to say:
— My girlfriend on G-Chat just now
It’s a horrible dress
For what it’s worth, the retailer has chimed in (but really, how can you believe what they have to say? They’re just trying to sell dresses. DON’T BUY THEIR LIES!).
Finally, this Vine actually does shed light on the whole issue.