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2013-05-12 06:32:41 PM  
Farmers need to know physics? I thought animal husbandry was enough.
 
2013-05-12 06:36:25 PM  
Science reporting: dumb people trying to be smug and condescending by misquoting smart people.
 
2013-05-12 06:39:35 PM  
 
2013-05-12 07:11:23 PM  

Speaker2Animals: Farmers need to know physics? I thought animal husbandry was enough.


animal wifery is also important...
 
2013-05-12 07:26:33 PM  
The red ones go faster.
 
2013-05-12 07:27:29 PM  
I drove through Iowa and I'll tell you, they have no red barns in all of Iowa. So much for your science!
 
2013-05-12 07:56:36 PM  

Barfmaker: I drove through Iowa and I'll tell you, they have no red barns in all of Iowa. So much for your science!


Intelligent design. You sure it wasn't Kansas?
 
2013-05-12 08:19:14 PM  
Mine was yellow with green stripes and slate shingles.  The working class people did the red ones.
 
2013-05-12 08:21:15 PM  

SilentStrider: The red ones go faster.


Especially if they're stuffed to the rafters with hay and get struck by lightning.
 
2013-05-12 09:35:50 PM  

plmyfngr: Speaker2Animals: Farmers need to know physics? I thought animal husbandry was enough.

animal wifery is also important...


You mean like Catherine the Great?
 
2013-05-12 10:01:13 PM  

SilentStrider: The red ones go faster.


No, the red ones are moving away from you. Watch out for blue barns.
 
2013-05-12 10:18:20 PM  

SilentStrider: The red ones go faster.


Don't forget the speed holes.
 
2013-05-12 11:00:21 PM  

teto85: It's all star stuff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPkpBN6bEI

[cdn1.thefamouspeople.com image 300x250]


Every time I see Sagan I have to watch this. (pops)
 
2013-05-12 11:02:47 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: teto85: It's all star stuff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPkpBN6bEI

[cdn1.thefamouspeople.com image 300x250]

Every time I see Sagan I have to watch this. (pops)


cdn1.thefamouspeople.com

Every time?
 
2013-05-12 11:11:13 PM  
If this barn is blue, you are going way too fast.
 
2013-05-12 11:11:26 PM  
Cant have Carl without this
 
2013-05-12 11:13:52 PM  
cdn1.thefamouspeople.com
EVERY TIME
 
2013-05-12 11:18:41 PM  
FTFA: The only thing holding the star up was the energy of the fusion reactions, so as power levels go down, the star starts to shrink. And as it shrinks, the pressure goes up, and the temperature goes up, until suddenly it hits a temperature where a new reaction can get started.

By substituting just a couple of words, this is also the explanation for how anxiety affects male sexual performance.
 
2013-05-12 11:21:36 PM  

doglover: Science reporting: dumb people trying to be smug and condescending by misquoting smart people.


That's more or less how science works in general as well.
 
2013-05-12 11:31:20 PM  
That is the dumbest article I've ever seen on Smithsonian.

Silicon accounts for 27% of the mass of Earth's crust; iron, 5%.  Why aren't more barns sand-colored?
 
2013-05-12 11:40:43 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: That is the dumbest article I've ever seen on Smithsonian.

Silicon accounts for 27% of the mass of Earth's crust; iron, 5%.  Why aren't more barns sand-colored?



Because silicon compounds don't form pigments?
 
2013-05-12 11:41:19 PM  
Because if it isn't red, it's not a barn.

\\ not obscure
 
2013-05-12 11:48:27 PM  

Barfmaker: I drove through Iowa and I'll tell you, they have no red barns in all of Iowa. So much for your science!


I am from Iowa. You are incorrect.
 
2013-05-12 11:52:39 PM  
To keep superbabby from ripping Ma Kent's teat off while being breastfed?
 
2013-05-12 11:59:07 PM  
I would have used the Ironic tag.
 
2013-05-13 12:06:35 AM  
Because that was the only color left on the Sherwin-Williams shelf one day. It looked pretty and nobody bothered to change.
 
2013-05-13 12:08:05 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: That is the dumbest article I've ever seen on Smithsonian.

Silicon accounts for 27% of the mass of Earth's crust; iron, 5%.  Why aren't more barns sand-colored?


Tits.
 
2013-05-13 12:10:07 AM  
In upstate New York the barns are all gray. Nobody bothers to paint them anymore.
 
2013-05-13 12:15:46 AM  
common sense is an oxymoron: Barking Unicorn:  Silicon accounts for 27% of the mass of Earth's crust; iron, 5%.  Why aren't more barns sand-colored?

Because silicon compounds don't form pigments?


Actually, "Pigment White 27" is Silicon Dioxide. So why aren't more barns painted white?
 
2013-05-13 12:17:09 AM  

Cornelius Dribble: In upstate New York the barns are all gray. Nobody bothers to paint them anymore.


In Cottage Grove, Oregon, a man bought an old barn expecting to be receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to show off said barn.

When he didn't receive this kingly ransom, he tore the barn down, claiming that it was structurally unstable (which it was not).

So, yeah, hopefully none of the barns of which you speak are famous or popular or beloved, because they'll be held hostage soon.
 
2013-05-13 12:35:16 AM  

Born to Die: Actually, "Pigment White 27" is Silicon Dioxide. So why aren't more barns painted white?


By now, barns are red because red is a standard barn color. In many places, barns ARE white.

However, I imagine that much has to do with the local materials available "in the day" and how they had to be processed. Just think of the processes that make rust, and compare them to pulverizing white quartz, and tell me which was likely easier to do (by nature or man).

/oversimplification
//don't care
 
2013-05-13 12:37:49 AM  

Born to Die: common sense is an oxymoron: Barking Unicorn:  Silicon accounts for 27% of the mass of Earth's crust; iron, 5%.  Why aren't more barns sand-colored?

Because silicon compounds don't form pigments?

Actually, "Pigment White 27" is Silicon Dioxide. So why aren't more barns painted white?



Ground quartz is used as a filler in commercial pigments. Are there any paints/pigments using SiO2 as their sole source of white?
 
2013-05-13 12:48:47 AM  

puffy999: Born to Die: Actually, "Pigment White 27" is Silicon Dioxide. So why aren't more barns painted white?

By now, barns are red because red is a standard barn color. In many places, barns ARE white.

However, I imagine that much has to do with the local materials available "in the day" and how they had to be processed. Just think of the processes that make rust, and compare them to pulverizing white quartz, and tell me which was likely easier to do (by nature or man).

/oversimplification
//don't care


Rust is also a by product making steel/iron. Red also is highly visible, so you don't run into the barn with the tractor. Tar black is actually the cheapest and longest lasting color to paint a barn or a fence. You're trying to weather seal the thing, no make a fashion statement dude.
 
2013-05-13 12:51:48 AM  

puffy999: Cornelius Dribble: In upstate New York the barns are all gray. Nobody bothers to paint them anymore.

In Cottage Grove, Oregon, a man bought an old barn expecting to be receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to show off said barn.

When he didn't receive this kingly ransom, he tore the barn down, claiming that it was structurally unstable (which it was not).

So, yeah, hopefully none of the barns of which you speak are famous or popular or beloved, because they'll be held hostage soon.


Ok I may seem a bit dense here but why would he get money to look at his barn?

/red paint is the cheapest.
 
2013-05-13 12:52:26 AM  

Cucullen: Red also is highly visible, so you don't run into the barn with the tractor.


I would have assumed there was a visual reason to choose red, but I'm thinking pre-tractor days.

Maybe livestock? I don't know a damn thing about their vision. Vision at night (with torchlight)?

Cucullen: Tar black is actually the cheapest and longest lasting color to paint a barn or a fence.


I can see why that wouldn't necessarily be a preferred color.
 
2013-05-13 12:54:00 AM  
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2013-05-13 12:54:24 AM  

"Hey baby, did you just give a dying star a hummer?"

"Why yes, I have blown Kurt Cobain."


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2013-05-13 12:54:43 AM  

hitmanric: Ok I may seem a bit dense here but why would he get money to look at his barn?


He believed he'd be able to a) sell the barn at a profit (and keep the rest of the property; I can't remember the specifics, but he paid a relatively small price for the property but wanted a pretty good percentage of that price for just the barn and to subdivide off a small lot) or b) have an outside organization grant him money to fix the barn to his specifications.

This place is preserving local history for tourism, and the barn was pretty well known.
 
2013-05-13 12:59:14 AM  
I totally read the headline as "Why are so many brains painted red". Man was I confused when I saw a barn.
 
2013-05-13 01:09:38 AM  

torusXL: I totally read the headline as "Why are so many brains painted red". Man was I confused when I saw a barn.


Are you a serial killer?  Did you really think "I will paint your brains WITH RED!" when you read the headline?
 
2013-05-13 01:26:51 AM  
have always wondered if a red barn would weigh more or less than a blue barn.
then if so, would the image on a mirror or the mirror itself weigh more or less looking at a red barn versus a blue barn.
 
2013-05-13 02:05:51 AM  

puffy999: I would have assumed there was a visual reason to choose red, but I'm thinking pre-tractor days.


Pre-tractor days it was literally that red paint was the cheapest/most durable option, as was mentioned in the article.

If I remember right, it was rust & milk, googling reveals that lime and linseed oil were also ingredients - IE they could mix the paint on site.
 
2013-05-13 02:08:26 AM  
I think the broad sides of barns should be red. Because broads have periods and stuff.
But dude sides should be done in cammo.
 
2013-05-13 02:24:14 AM  
The scientist they're quoting was also the lead developer on Google Plus.
 
2013-05-13 03:46:33 AM  

Firethorn: puffy999: I would have assumed there was a visual reason to choose red, but I'm thinking pre-tractor days.

Pre-tractor days it was literally that red paint was the cheapest/most durable option, as was mentioned in the article.

If I remember right, it was rust & milk, googling reveals that lime and linseed oil were also ingredients - IE they could mix the paint on site.


Surely black would be cheaper than red--you can just use charcoal or tar or whatever. Or whitewash, which is basically chalk and water.

I think red is just an attractive color for a barn. It contrasts nicely with green fields and a little white farmhouse.
 
2013-05-13 04:12:09 AM  
PAINT?

fancy american peoples have to much money!
my grandpa painted his barn black with waist-oil from the tractor.
Also better against wood-eating bugs as paint.
 
2013-05-13 04:35:36 AM  
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I used to love the Big Barney.
 
2013-05-13 06:18:47 AM  

hitmanric: puffy999: Cornelius Dribble: In upstate New York the barns are all gray. Nobody bothers to paint them anymore.

In Cottage Grove, Oregon, a man bought an old barn expecting to be receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to show off said barn.

When he didn't receive this kingly ransom, he tore the barn down, claiming that it was structurally unstable (which it was not).

So, yeah, hopefully none of the barns of which you speak are famous or popular or beloved, because they'll be held hostage soon.

Ok I may seem a bit dense here but why would he get money to look at his barn?

/red paint is the cheapest.


Guessing it relates to this:

http://djcoregon.com/news/2012/05/15/looming-barn-demolition-spurs-c od e-changes-in-cottage-grove/
 
2013-05-13 06:26:04 AM  
Barns are painted red because of the iron oxide used in the pigment but it has absolutely NOTHING to do with dying stars.

Iron oxide doesn't react to most of the chemicals around the farm yard even today.  When applied correctly the iron oxide will actually bond onto the surface of the wood, this is why you see barns fifty some years old with a good coating of HARD IRON on the board.  It can even fossilize the surface of the wood it is applied to.  I used iron oxide a lot when I was young and making outdoor furniture, it discourages insects and fungus, so instead of using pressure treated lumber I'd buy regular and run four coats of iron and mineral spirits into it then let it bake out in the shed in the summer.   Then I'd prime and paint whatever color they wanted.

Why?    To make it as tough as an old barn.   Some of my teachers remembered being kids in WW1.
 
2013-05-13 06:30:34 AM  
FTFA: The simple answer to why barns are painted red is because red paint is cheap.

But this doesn't explain why barns are painted in the first place. If red paint is chosen simply because of expense, barns wouldn't be painted in the first place.
 
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