What Color Is My Hoodie?

Grey? Blue? Purple? It can look different, depending on the context. Let's talk about color perception, color temperature, and the history of laundry.
Atmospheric opacity image from ESA/Hubble (F. Granato): www.eso.org/public/images/atm_opacity/ - image licensed under CC by 4.0 - creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
The optical illusion is original, but based on the work of David Novick: twitter.com/novickprof/status/1139342022551191553
More on Illuminant D65: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminant_D65 - the references in this article go into the full technical detail
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  • Please contain all your "color" vs "colour" comments in this thread. Good luck.

    Tom ScottTom ScottAylar önce
    • Colour

      My NameMy Name4 gün önce
    • Color is American English and colour is British English

      SentrositySentrosity5 gün önce
    • .

      Wintry PvPWintry PvP10 gün önce
    • Colour

      Ichi.Ichi.26 gün önce
    • COLOUR

      INKYINKY27 gün önce
  • Purple tint omg! Amathyst sky is grey & purple!

    EttGlasVattenEttGlasVatten19 saatler önce
  • Light blue

    Zac's Football SkillzZac's Football SkillzGün önce
  • I like how all of this started from the simple question, "What color is my hoodie"

    ChloZenTimeChloZenTime2 gün önce
  • Purple

    N krpt krN krpt kr2 gün önce
  • hmm, yes yes... I'll pretend to see the difference with my colorblind eyes :D

    Jonathan PoirierJonathan Poirier2 gün önce
  • Me who’s wears glasses that blocks out certain colors

    A New Good NameA New Good Name3 gün önce
  • Thats why in TV studios the cameras get calibrated with the help of a "benchmark" grey card and a oscilloscope to precisly read out the values.

    Bokaj LlenschBokaj Llensch3 gün önce
  • green

    Wolfyjaw PotatoWolfyjaw Potato3 gün önce
  • Oh gosh that glitching between "color temperature" and "colour temperature" set off my fight-or-flight response 😅

    Kathryn AKathryn A3 gün önce
  • Light blue

    K BK B5 gün önce
  • Was anyone else expecting something about that dress mystery where people saw it as blue or gold?

    Billy FoxBilly Fox5 gün önce
  • Why does this remind me of that one CptD video?

    Robin TannerRobin Tanner5 gün önce
  • Funny cuz I use color temperature in my art, I use bluish or cool colors for usually dark shaded areas while I use yellowish or warm colors for light areas

    Alvin DarbyAlvin Darby6 gün önce
  • test

    Astron BaitsAstron Baits6 gün önce
  • 0:45 “We need to talk about how color perception works And also about the *history of laundry.”* Me, audibly: “OHHHH GOSH”

    StealthlockStealthlock6 gün önce
  • I'm getting the blue or gold dress vibes

    JavabasilyJavabasily7 gün önce
  • 2:54 Seems as though there was an After Effects war XD. Kidding, got a good chuckle out of that though

    theGyyrdtheGyyrd7 gün önce
  • Your slowly turning into Vsause Lmao

    BruhBruh8 gün önce
  • Tom makes the type of videos that nobody asked for but everybody needed

    ObersturmbannObersturmbann8 gün önce
  • Nice video and Hoodie gang boi :)

    12shzarmai 5512shzarmai 558 gün önce
  • Since the reply feature isn't working right now, I'll post a reply to Tom's post this way: you may think, it's a pointless debate, as regional spellings are fine when they can be understood no matter which one you use, but i'd argue it's not pointless, because it is a harmless, enjoyable activity for linguistic prescriptivists, and that is an inherently good thing (providing happiness to people) In conclusion, Heck you if you say Color, it's Colour!!!

    DucklesDuckles9 gün önce
  • well by the thumbnail alone, id say your hoodie is thinking with portals.

    Raging_AzzholeRaging_Azzhole9 gün önce
  • the only reason i type color instead if colour is because u.. im lazy af and cba to type u

    TimeTime9 gün önce
  • According to the thumbnail, your hoodie is 'Reverse-French-Flag' colored

    Kevin The Rad CatKevin The Rad Cat9 gün önce
  • How old are you

    Monkey manMonkey man10 gün önce
  • 2:57 was that to appeal to both brits and Americans

    Joab PellingJoab Pelling10 gün önce
  • Tom: "what color is my hoodie?" Hoodie company: gray Us: gray Camera: orange The same camera: blue Calibrated color sensor: purple

    Skill28oySkill28oy10 gün önce
  • I think I saw something about this on a tv show a few years ago, It showed two colors separated from each other, but when they were put together, they were actually shown to be the same exact color

    Feenickz5Feenickz511 gün önce
  • 0:51: Me still at school:

    ElctricElctric11 gün önce
  • ok so i’m not crazy the lights due change at night

    King MaxwellKing Maxwell12 gün önce
  • Redn't

    MarusikMarusik12 gün önce
  • Barely anyone though noticed that Tom spoke in the same voice while the train was passing instead of stopping or voicing it in editing.

    DirtyCameraRailfanDirtyCameraRailfan12 gün önce
  • From red shirt to grey hoodie

    leoleo12 gün önce
  • Grey

    Big IronBig Iron12 gün önce
  • White

    Big IronBig Iron12 gün önce
  • Red

    Big IronBig Iron12 gün önce
  • It looks like grayish White

    FalconTMFalconTM13 gün önce
  • grey

    TanksAlotTanksAlot14 gün önce
  • Going by those trains, you're not in the countryside at all, you're near Wimbledon in London

    civ27civ2714 gün önce
  • White

    JomJom15 gün önce
  • its rgb

    what datwhat dat15 gün önce
  • Loved the colour/ clor flicker! Brilliant!

    Tharinda BasnayakeTharinda Basnayake16 gün önce
  • Colo(u)r temperature

    Manthan MishraManthan Mishra16 gün önce
  • Gray

    tim kohlertim kohler17 gün önce
  • I can't say color in the pinned comment, s u s

    Alex ExleyAlex Exley18 gün önce
  • Light blue

    ??18 gün önce
  • I want that calibrated color sensor

    Alexis ColladoAlexis Collado18 gün önce
  • "if im filming under a blank, grey sky, it can make the shot a bit dull" well its a good thing you dont live in the uk

    ya boiya boi19 gün önce
  • why train

    SvartezSvartez19 gün önce
  • So, according to that colour sensor... your hoodie isn't gray. Or at least not exclusively. According to the manifacturer of the paint that was referenced by the sensor's software, your hoodie is... "[a] deep purple [that] has a generous gray undertone suggestive of storm clouds on a distant horizon."

    DesignatorDesignator19 gün önce
  • I think li and ul are block element as ti takes all the width and prints in each rows

    AkashAkash19 gün önce
  • Friendly reminder: Brown does not exist.

    NoTraceOfSenseNoTraceOfSense20 gün önce
  • Red, it’s always red

    ScoutswellScoutswell20 gün önce
  • I saw you in Regent's Park yesterday wearing this very hoodie! Love your videos

    Rebecca146Rebecca14620 gün önce
  • colououour?

    Big ChickenkingBig Chickenking20 gün önce
  • seeing the slight red in amethyst sky: what the

    Sexy LemonSexy Lemon20 gün önce
  • The part about looking dirty is probably why Lego discontinued their original grey colors and replaced them with bluish-grey.

    eioshen boboieioshen boboi20 gün önce
    • Gee, just copy someone else's comment.

      Christopher DibbsChristopher Dibbs9 gün önce
  • Rip colour blind ppl including me

    CinimodCinimod20 gün önce
  • The title isn't misleading will watch again

    GamerGamer21 gün önce
    • I can’t believe you colour hooligans

      eioshen boboieioshen boboi20 gün önce
  • and another factor... I have f.lux on as well as blue light filtering glasses. "amethyst sky" looks brown.

    Eric DubéEric Dubé21 gün önce
  • i love watching toms videos in noiay environments because all his videos has subtitles

    Arcitek GDArcitek GD21 gün önce
  • 0:50 bold of u to assume i learnt anything from school

    bocoy noiubocoy noiu21 gün önce
  • Thanks for using the right color/colour in the title

    Stovve On the sunStovve On the sun21 gün önce
  • The video edit and Tom's performance in this video is flawless!

    AshfaaqAshfaaq21 gün önce
    • Imagine staring out of your window on a train journey and seeing Tom just chilling with his cameraman on a hill with a grey hoodie.

      bocoy noiubocoy noiu21 gün önce
  • Looks grey to me somethimes when i blink it goes to very very very very very very very very 0.0000000000000000000000001 blue

    Marc EdwardMarc Edward21 gün önce
  • Tom, you’re the only person who can make “The History of Laundry” interesting. Bravo 👏

    Michael LynchMichael Lynch22 gün önce
  • When you changed the lighting at 3:00 it turned pink, not yellow. Also, I would like a color calibrator like that. What is it called and how much are they? Google is being unhelpful.

    Abbie BAbbie B22 gün önce
    • @NT_23 I'll accept peach.

      Abbie BAbbie B19 gün önce
    • It's more of a peach colour. Definitely not pink

      NT_23NT_2320 gün önce
  • Forgot i had my blue light filter on.. 2:39 you have no idea tom

    saturnday 1saturnday 122 gün önce
  • What I take from this video is that blue is scientifically the best color

    Merica MaverickMerica Maverick22 gün önce
What Color Is My Hoodie?