Soothe Yourself With "Drunk Tank" Pink

The hues in your crayon box aren’t just good for filling in coloring books. Researchers have long found that people often have physical reactions to certain shades. Blue, for instance, is said to suppress appetites. Conversely, red stimulates hunger—so it may not be a coincidence that you’ll find the bold color in logos for Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, Arby’s, and KFC. Orange is supposedly an energy booster, while purple is thought to encourage sleep.

And then there’s Baker-Miller Pink. Also known as Schauss Pink, this color is probably what you think of when someone mentions Pepto-Bismol. Named after the two U.S. Naval Officers who experimented with the psychological effects of the color, the shade was made by mixing one pint of outdoor semi-gloss red paint with one gallon of pure white indoor latex paint. The officers then used it to coat the walls of a cell at a Naval Correctional facility. The results, they said, were impressive: Just 15 minutes of exposure reduced the potential for violent and aggressive behavior.

With results like that, even football teams got in on the act. University of Iowa football coach Hayden Fry notoriously had the opposing team’s locker room painted this shade back in 1979. Fry’s motives weren’t entirely to “calm” the opponent, however—he noted in his autobiography that pink is “often found in girls’ bedrooms, and because of that some consider it a sissy color.”

Despite critics who declared the tactic sexist, the Hawkeyes doubled down on the approach in 2005 when they added pink metal lockers, carpet, sinks, showers and urinals.

The University of Iowa football program isn’t the only organization to give Drunk Tank Pink a try. The city of St. Louis, Illinois, painted their public buses pink and saw a dramatic decrease in vandalism and assaults. The Washington State Penitentiary tried the Naval Correctional facility’s tactic, putting violent inmates in pink rooms to reduce aggression.

And hey, if it works in prisons and correctional facilities, it may work for you. The next time you need to calm down or de-stress, try thinking pink.

Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture

The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is taking a unique approach to waste management, Inhabitat reports. Under the direction of The New Raw, a Rotterdam-based design studio, recycled plastic is being used to make public benches that capture a lot of the area’s charm while providing solutions for the 51 pounds of plastic refuse each Amsterdam resident tosses away each year.

The initiative is called Print Your City! and encourages those materials to be repurposed via 3D printing to make new, permanent fixtures. The New Raw calls it a “closed loop” of use, where the plastic is used, reused, and materialized in the same environment. The bench, dubbed XXX, seats two and rocks back and forth with the sitters' movements, offering a metaphor for the teamwork The New Raw is attempting to cultivate with the general public.

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Print Your City!

“Plastic has a major design failure,” says Panos Sakkas, an architect with The New Raw. “It’s designed to last forever, but it’s used only for a few seconds and then easily thrown away.”

The goal is to collect more plastic material in the city to use for projects that can be designed and implemented by citizens. In the future, 3D printing may also support bus shelters, waste bins, and playground material—all of it recyclable.

[h/t Inhabitat]

Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs

Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]


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