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September 13, 2011 7:21 AM   Subscribe


 
Double, but a fairly old one.
posted by edd at 7:24 AM on September 13, 2011


Pepsi blue. No wait, it's sort of rosy violet? I'm not sure. Xrite, I'm sold!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:24 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Double

Curse you, site search!
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 7:25 AM on September 13, 2011


47
posted by empath at 7:26 AM on September 13, 2011


11
posted by LN at 7:26 AM on September 13, 2011


[40], eyes now watery and feeling a bit seasick
posted by obscurator at 7:27 AM on September 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


31 and now I need some eyedrops.
posted by artychoke at 7:29 AM on September 13, 2011


4

I was going to say that my discrimination is OK, but my ability to sort colors is low. But when you start getting close, it's super easy to see (for me) that they are out of order. The wrong ones just pop out.
posted by DU at 7:30 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


8. I blame my MacBook's low quality TN panel for not getting a perfect score.
posted by jedicus at 7:30 AM on September 13, 2011


I'm adding this to my resume: I have perfect color vision.
posted by theredpen at 7:31 AM on September 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


7. Whee!
posted by phunniemee at 7:31 AM on September 13, 2011


11.
posted by cp311 at 7:32 AM on September 13, 2011


Double, but a fairly old one.

Hey now, doubles I remember can't be old, that would make ME old, and I'm not old, obviously.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 7:33 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


4, with all my errors in the grayish-bluish-purple zone between salmon and teal. Not only can I not discriminate those colors, I can't even name them.
posted by theodolite at 7:33 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


25
posted by lakersfan1222 at 7:34 AM on September 13, 2011


And that was a 0 with the glossy screen. I think if I had the matte screen I prefer, I'd probably have been able to invent a new color.
posted by theredpen at 7:34 AM on September 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


120.
posted by odinsdream at 7:35 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hey now, doubles I remember can't be old, that would make ME old, and I'm not old, obviously.

You're a double?

posted by item at 7:37 AM on September 13, 2011


4 -- But I'm not sure where the errors were. That was kind of fun.
posted by blurker at 7:37 AM on September 13, 2011


28, or better than average for my gender and age group. As expected, I had problems with blue-green sorting.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:37 AM on September 13, 2011


oh wait I missed the 'I remember' line never mind hahahaha wooo
posted by item at 7:38 AM on September 13, 2011


I only did the first one, but I got that perfect. I'm just going to extrapolate that average across the other three and work with the conclusion that I am the best at this, ever.
posted by FatherDagon at 7:39 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


8 here as well. I expected much, much worse.
posted by aclevername at 7:39 AM on September 13, 2011


4! I found it helpful to switch colors even if they looked in order to see if they looked better the other way.
posted by Green With You at 7:39 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


You're a double?

WE HAVE BEEN INFILTRATED

posted by ArmyOfKittens at 7:40 AM on September 13, 2011


4. Thanks!
I enjoyed this. My 4 failings were along the green-purple axis.
posted by agentofselection at 7:41 AM on September 13, 2011


4 for the colour sorting, at least.

I'd be interested to see that cross-referenced with a score for being anal, or rather how willing you were to keep sliding tiles back and forth before clicking on the button.
posted by MUD at 7:41 AM on September 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


The advantage of it being a double is that DU can see his colour perception has improved!
posted by edd at 7:42 AM on September 13, 2011


11. How do I compare it to my age and gender?
posted by Joe in Australia at 7:43 AM on September 13, 2011


I'm adding this to my resume: I have perfect color vision.

Me too! I'm sure this is just the thing I've been missing to get me the *big* bucks.
posted by tzikeh at 7:44 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


I could have gotten better than 47, but A) i'm not on my macbook and B) i'm at work and can't spend 30 minutes on it.
posted by empath at 7:46 AM on September 13, 2011


A perfect 0.

This does not make up for my lack of rhythm. Having perfect color vision does not make you look cool in front of anyone. Except perhaps fighter pilots.
posted by rhymer at 7:46 AM on September 13, 2011


4. And I scored 15 last time. All that practice has paid off!
posted by googly at 7:46 AM on September 13, 2011


8 for me. i expected closer to zero. i'll try again later in the day, and see if i can do any better. this is a really fun test. thanks.
posted by rude.boy at 7:49 AM on September 13, 2011


I got a 4, too. Starting to think 4 = "made one mistake". My trouble zone apparently was in the bluey-greeny region.

it'd be a lot more interesting to me if it showed aggregate distributions by color range rather than just min and max score (someone did perfectly at some point and someone else did really quite badly? Land sakes!) or otherwise did something interesting with the data.
posted by cortex at 7:50 AM on September 13, 2011


10
posted by starvingartist at 7:51 AM on September 13, 2011


I got a 4, too. Starting to think 4 = "made one mistake".

Two, surely. You can't make one mistake.
posted by atbash at 7:52 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


18
posted by b1tr0t at 7:55 AM on September 13, 2011


I got a 3. I've never thought about how accurately or not I perceive color. Apparently, I do pretty well! Yay.

Don't be envious. It just means that I and the other high-scorers here perceive this unprofessional background in all its garish blueness that much more excruciatingly.
posted by gilrain at 7:56 AM on September 13, 2011


Two, surely. You can't make one mistake.

A minimal error, let's say. Pair-wise swap error at distance 1.
posted by cortex at 7:57 AM on September 13, 2011


(Low-scorers, that is...)
posted by gilrain at 7:57 AM on September 13, 2011


0...perfect color vision. Don't tell my wife. How will i explain my color choices?
posted by jindc at 7:59 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


The whole thing seems to believe in the perfection of computer monitors a bit too much.

How will i explain my color choices?

Probably best not to say how much better they are through your eyes than hers.
posted by atbash at 8:00 AM on September 13, 2011


25, you and me, lakersfan! (Does that mean we're color contacts?)
posted by emhutchinson at 8:01 AM on September 13, 2011


I got a 10 on my very small laptop screen. It was hard to look at the colors for long - they started blurring. Then, I did it again on a fancy, expensive LCD screen which was at least twice the size and got a 0. It was much easier.
posted by Cygnet at 8:02 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


12... but I kind of ran out of patience.
posted by crapmatic at 8:02 AM on September 13, 2011


Yet another 4 here
posted by RhymesWithToaster at 8:04 AM on September 13, 2011


4 too - bottom right.
posted by artaxerxes at 8:05 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


7...I found the color blocks difficult to look at, they kind of crawled. Damn dell monitor.
posted by Gwynarra at 8:07 AM on September 13, 2011


4 I could have aced it if i'd not gotten to thinking about why I was sorting colour tiles instead of doing something useful/interesting.
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 8:08 AM on September 13, 2011


thirty five.
posted by gallois at 8:08 AM on September 13, 2011


This is secretly an ADD test rather than a vision test.
posted by burnmp3s at 8:09 AM on September 13, 2011 [18 favorites]


32. The blues and the greens got me. Ugh.
posted by alynnk at 8:09 AM on September 13, 2011


43, but I suspect I would have done better if I'd been patient enough to be more careful.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:10 AM on September 13, 2011


0 - I guess this explains why I spend so much time agonizing over the tiniest differences in the color chips at the paint store, and my compositors hate color-correcting video for me.
posted by Noon Under the Trees at 8:12 AM on September 13, 2011


"You have perfect color vision!"

Yet another reason why I am better than most of you.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 8:12 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Perfect 0. I beat my brother in-law who does the color for the Lands End catalog... LOL
posted by Leisure_Muffin at 8:13 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


rhymer: "Having perfect color vision does not make you look cool in front of anyone. Except perhaps fighter pilots."

Shut up, please, rhymer; that's really all I have going for me.
HEY FIGHTER PILOTS COME AND SEE HOW COOL I AM
posted by theredpen at 8:13 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


23, but that's on a pretty crappy (Spyder 3 couldn't calibrate it because its brightness was too far out of range) 2003 Apple Cinema display. I'd like to try it again on a better monitor to see how much difference it wold make. It's possible that I'm more discriminating than the phosphors in this old tank.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:15 AM on September 13, 2011


18. Much better than I expected.
posted by arcticwoman at 8:17 AM on September 13, 2011


I was shocked that I got a perfect 0, because I was struggling over quite a few of these.
posted by rocket88 at 8:19 AM on September 13, 2011


81. Frankly, better than I expected. Being color blind doesn't usually affect me, but if this starts turning up in job interviews...
posted by hankscorpio83 at 8:20 AM on September 13, 2011


12. Interesting exercise. It was better than I expected to get, since my reality has been sadly filled out with many instances of:

viewer: "why are you wearing dark blue socks with that black suit?"
me: "these aren't black socks?"

me: "I like this midnight blue, here."
viewer: "That's black, honey."

Also, the group of seafoam/teal/turquoise taunt me like a little gang of schoolyard bullies, each pretending to be another, laughing at my confusion.
posted by Pliskie at 8:20 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


3

I love my matte Monitor.
posted by juiceCake at 8:21 AM on September 13, 2011


156. WOOHOO! In your face, MeFites!

Yeah, about what I expected. The word, "hue" doesn't even have meaning for me.
posted by 2N2222 at 8:22 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Pepsi blue.
Pepsi bluish-greenish-purplish-but-maybe-a-hint-more-green?
posted by roystgnr at 8:23 AM on September 13, 2011


I got a zero, which is ammo for the next time somebody tries to tell me that sodium lights are yellow or that their olive green sweater is actually brown.
posted by invitapriore at 8:23 AM on September 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


This is secretly an ADD test rather than a vision test.

It doubles as an OCD test.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 8:25 AM on September 13, 2011 [11 favorites]


16 - Is it just me, or is this scoring system completely useless without some more context. What are the averages? What is considered good vs. poor? Etc.
posted by hamandcheese at 8:25 AM on September 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


3, but I was rushing.

I have golden eyes, and get mad at people who can't see hue variation. I should be more tolerant. This is probably why I'll never be Superman, because I'd just get pissed off all the time at all the normals. That, and the fact that Superman is a fictional character.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 8:25 AM on September 13, 2011


4.

My strategy was to sort right to left at first, using the contrast between the two to balance the sides, then doing left to right past the middle and then finally just slowly eye-balling it back and forth looking for "bumps" where hues were out of order. Seemed to work pretty well, though I kinda rushed the last bit because it was taking longer than I wanted and I have a deployment to do oh god why am I posting on metafilter.
posted by Godspeed.You!Black.Emperor.Penguin at 8:27 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


4. And I could go a whole day without looking at another muddy greenish grayish purple.
posted by eritain at 8:27 AM on September 13, 2011


I got a 12 (based on the spectrum that comes up after the test, I guess I misplaced 4?), but I'll try it again later with a better monitor to see if I improve any. Maybe I'll then try it again after I upgrade my video card.
posted by LionIndex at 8:28 AM on September 13, 2011


DigitalColor Meter.app FTW!
posted by odinsdream at 8:28 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


3. Apparently my appalling fashion and design sense -- like so many of my other failings -- is explained by apathy rather than inability.
posted by The Bellman at 8:30 AM on September 13, 2011


8. With a streaky glossy Mac monitor. It also might just be a fair 8.
posted by methinks at 8:33 AM on September 13, 2011


That exercise made me feel terribly meticulous and obsessive, in a way that I'm not entirely comfortable with.

I learned something about my brain, but I don't think I learned what they intended for me to learn.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sort my pens by nib type and ink color.
posted by Stagger Lee at 8:33 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


31--but i knew this.
posted by PinkMoose at 8:33 AM on September 13, 2011


12
posted by easily confused at 8:33 AM on September 13, 2011


4
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:34 AM on September 13, 2011


I'm actually quite surprised that glossy displays are considered so poor for colour accuracy (I don't like them principally because I don't want to see my face gurning back at me when I get to the dark bit in a game).
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 8:38 AM on September 13, 2011


8
posted by univac at 8:38 AM on September 13, 2011


Really poorly. Thanks for reminding me why I had to give up my dream of being a cinematographer.
posted by lumpenprole at 8:40 AM on September 13, 2011


112.

I shouldn't be handling anything more complicated than labeled crayons.
posted by Bindyree at 8:40 AM on September 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


4 although I got bored when I could still tell they weren't all right. Pretty stoked!
posted by trishthedish at 8:40 AM on September 13, 2011


Zero. Did not expect it, even though other people think I'm crazy for thinking that black socks are never really black and that repainting parts of my living room resulted in a messy collection of whites.
posted by flif at 8:42 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


24, but I come from a long line of cranky color-blind-denialists.

I was helping my father install a car stereo and part of the procedure was connecting a bunch of tiny colored wires to each other.

"Green wire, Dad"
*hands me blue*
"Green, Dad, this is blue."
"This light in here is bad. Just take the green."
"Now I need pink with white"
*hands me blue again*
"This is blue!" *squints at father* "Are you colorblind?"
"No, it's just cramped and hot down here. Look, you finish it up."

So I asked my step-mom about it. "Oh yes, your father is totally color blind - you didn't know? He gets angry about it if I mention it though..."
posted by unixrat at 8:44 AM on September 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


11...and that was cool.
posted by victoriab at 8:45 AM on September 13, 2011


11
posted by tuesdayschild at 8:46 AM on September 13, 2011


I got 6. I guess that histogram thing is telling me they were in the green region. They need to do a better job explaining what they are showing me. For example,
# Best score for your gender and age range: 0
# Highest score for your gender and age range: 1520
(I'm guessing 1520 is what you get if you put them all in reverse order). But the bar below that only goes from 0 to 99. Is that percentiles? What's going on?
posted by dirigibleman at 8:49 AM on September 13, 2011


31--but i knew this.
posted by Pink-ishMoose

posted by Devils Rancher at 8:50 AM on September 13, 2011


77

I have the color deficiency purples.
posted by Reverend John at 8:50 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


18, on my crap monitor at the office. I'm interested in what I get at home on the mac display.
posted by strega_bianca at 8:50 AM on September 13, 2011


I got 3, and I work with color every day. I was expecting to do better.
posted by Floydd at 8:52 AM on September 13, 2011


12. My monitor sits in front of a window with a lot of natural light, so I kind of had to squint.

Also: tedious.
posted by valkyryn at 8:52 AM on September 13, 2011


156. WOOHOO! In your face, MeFites!

177! IN YOUR ODDLY FLAT-COLORED FACE, FLANDERS!

(but I knew this.)
posted by eriko at 8:54 AM on September 13, 2011


8. Might have nailed it but the yellow-green spectrum messed me up.
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 8:57 AM on September 13, 2011


77. I've known for decades that my green differentiation is poor and this test was heavy on green.

atbash writes "The whole thing seems to believe in the perfection of computer monitors a bit too much."

Absolute colour shouldn't matter as much as relative colour and LCDs are pretty good at that. The frequency graph at the end might be a smidge off though if your monitor isn't colour corrected.
posted by Mitheral at 8:58 AM on September 13, 2011


So much color commentary.
posted by Bromius at 8:58 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


26. (On my second try. I got 108 on the first try, but that was while the coffee was brewing, so I figure it doesn't count because I wanted to get it done with. As has been said, this has some elements of an ADD/OCD test.)
posted by madcaptenor at 8:59 AM on September 13, 2011


I got an 8 ... not too shabby.
posted by echolalia67 at 9:00 AM on September 13, 2011


14 and now I have a migraine.
posted by elizardbits at 9:01 AM on September 13, 2011


Highest score for your gender and age range: 1520
(I'm guessing 1520 is what you get if you put them all in reverse order).


There are four rows of twenty chips each. In each row, therefore, there are (20*19)/2 = 190 pairs of chips; thus there are (20*19)/2 * 4 = 760 pairs of chips in the same row, in total. So hypothetically the scoring could work by just giving two points for each pair that's out of order.

This seems so elegant that I'm going to choose to believe that those of you who gave an odd number for your score are lying.
posted by madcaptenor at 9:02 AM on September 13, 2011


Yeah, I've been called in as the "wire color guy" on a few electronics projects and car stereo installs - I've seen a high incidence of colorblindness among the nerd set.

Red and Yellow are easily discerned, but blues and greens, oranges and reds, blacks and dark-hued reds or greens are trickier. It's apparently not like seeing in black and white, it's just an inability to discern colors finely - like picking a lemon yellow from a light cream. Most people just think of it as "off white" and would be hard pressed to find them among a handful of unlabeled color swatches.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:03 AM on September 13, 2011


39, which is... exactly the same as what I got when I took this three years ago.

At least my eyesight hasn't gotten worse?
posted by dipping_sauce at 9:08 AM on September 13, 2011


0. Full disclosure: I went to art school.
posted by mrhappy at 9:09 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


99 but like many others here that isn't surprising at all.
posted by cirhosis at 9:10 AM on September 13, 2011


0. I am perfect, as usual.
posted by rmless at 9:10 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


I also got 4. Since so many people scored the same, it makes me think there is something wrong with the test.
posted by delmoi at 9:10 AM on September 13, 2011


Wow, I got a 0 even though the whole time I felt like I was making really arbitrary choices, which was fine because my plan was to get all the bars close and then go back over them individually and make adjustments; but I ended up skipping that and just hitting submit because it looked fine and frankly I was pretty sick of it. Now how do I turn this into money...
posted by villanelles at dawn at 9:11 AM on September 13, 2011


Huh, I expected to really suck at this, but apparently I'm not as bad as I would have guessed because I got a 4.

I feel like I should celebrate for some reason. Perhaps this weekend I'll see how well I can sort a row of different beverages by color, and then by taste, and then by how drunk I am at the end.
posted by quin at 9:14 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


When they were in they were in their proper order, it was hard to tell, but for most of the chips (except for four, apparently) it was really obvious when they were out of order.

I thought about going back and checking each tile before submitting, but then I realized I didn't really care at all.
posted by delmoi at 9:15 AM on September 13, 2011


I'm annoyed by this:
# Best score for your gender and age range: 0
# Highest score for your gender and age range: 1520


What? Oh, so at least one person did perfect and at least one person did it perfectly wrong? That's really informative. Give me a percentile or something at least.
posted by RobotHero at 9:21 AM on September 13, 2011 [10 favorites]


42. And I thought I did really well.
posted by foggy out there now at 9:21 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Perfect score. Nice.

Being an artist, I would have been kind if worried had I somehow failed this.
posted by polywomp at 9:23 AM on September 13, 2011


I got 53, but I already knew I was pretty colour blind.
posted by public at 9:26 AM on September 13, 2011


4...close but no cigars, story of my life.
posted by Lutoslawski at 9:28 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Putting my colorblindness through its paces
posted by ReeMonster at 9:28 AM on September 13, 2011


40. Most of my errors were between the blue/green spectrum.
posted by Bron-Y-Aur at 9:28 AM on September 13, 2011


Another perfect score here. That was fun! And interesting because it just came so easy to me - I didn't agonize over a single tile. I'm with tzikeh; there has got to be something i can do with this previously unknown talent!
posted by yawper at 9:28 AM on September 13, 2011


Hah. Last time this was on Metafilter I got a perfect score. This time I got a 20. Getting blinder, I guess!
posted by librarylis at 9:30 AM on September 13, 2011


I'll trade someone my perfect color vision for their 20/20 actual world vision.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 9:30 AM on September 13, 2011


I scored a 4! Not bad for as fast as I did the test!
posted by blacktshirtandjeans at 9:31 AM on September 13, 2011


7. That's a bit better than I was expecting, given my age and horrible eyesight.
posted by 40 Watt at 9:32 AM on September 13, 2011


I got 66, but I don't consider myself to be particularly colour-challenged. :(
posted by janepanic at 9:34 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


This seems so elegant that I'm going to choose to believe that those of you who gave an odd number for your score are lying.

I got a 3 which surprised me first because I flew through it and don't work with colors or design in any way and second because I wondered how they came to that number. The results image showed 3 colors missed. Others have said that 2 incorrect results in a 4, etc.

It would indeed be nice if there was an explanation for how the score is calculated, what it means and/or what the mean, average, last 50, or any other statistics that would make any sense.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 9:37 AM on September 13, 2011


12
posted by francesca too at 9:37 AM on September 13, 2011


4! Woo. I knew it couldn't be perfect, because a few parts felt...off. I couldn't find find a way to fix them though, so I went ahead with the scoring. Turned out surprisingly well I suppose.
posted by Stunt at 9:41 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


8!! Hooray for me!!
posted by orrnyereg at 9:45 AM on September 13, 2011


too long; didn't sort
posted by Zippity Goombah at 9:47 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


3. Last time I had a 7.
posted by peep at 9:48 AM on September 13, 2011


I got a perfect score, macbook glossy screen, sitting next to the window. I had to crank up the brightness though.

@villanelles at dawn; I did somewhat the same, I thought I was sorting them roughly to the correct side, but they always ended up really close and I just moved a couple to make it right. I had REALLY bad vision before eye surgery (I couldn’t even have laser surgery).

I did it in maybe 2-3 minutes and wasn’t at all convinced they were right.
posted by bongo_x at 9:49 AM on September 13, 2011


This seems so elegant that I'm going to choose to believe that those of you who gave an odd number for your score are lying.

183, and that's no lie!
posted by Dead Man at 9:55 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


34!
posted by Evernix at 10:01 AM on September 13, 2011


38, though it should be noted that by bar number four I was like, "Eh, close enough." My OCD is apparently controlled by my laziness.
posted by Mooski at 10:07 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


135 comments and no mention of Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey?
posted by No Shmoobles at 10:08 AM on September 13, 2011


58.

My husband and I have had a long-term fight over the color of one of the cars we used to own. I insisted it was blue, he insisted it was green. Maybe I should make him do this test as well and we can determine ONCE AND FOR ALL which color the car was.

ignoring the fact that the brochure called it "Elegance Green"
posted by Lucinda at 10:09 AM on September 13, 2011


Hmmm. Last time I took this I got a perfect score. This time I scored 14.

I was not entirely sure about the blue end of the bottom row, though. I thought something was off but I couldn't quite make up my mind what. I think the flourescent lights here at work are making my eyes a bit wonky.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 10:11 AM on September 13, 2011


15, but I am an old man and also not too fussed: "fuck it, good enough" and my score turned out well above average for my demographic. Story of my life.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:17 AM on September 13, 2011


I started trying, and then I realized that I don't have to be agonizing over shit like this, and I'm all, whewwwww.
posted by everichon at 10:18 AM on September 13, 2011


11, but mainly because of the intense octarine glare in my office.
posted by schmod at 10:19 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


101. And I thought I had perfect color vision, too. THANKS A LOT ARMYOFKITTENS.
posted by CunningLinguist at 10:21 AM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


25, got really impatient for the last two spectrum problems. COME ON! Blue! Green! This is overcomplicating things!!!
posted by jeanmari at 10:25 AM on September 13, 2011


This is secretly an ADD test rather than a vision test.

Heh. I was thinking something similar myself. I walked away and came back twice before finishing.
posted by Zed at 10:25 AM on September 13, 2011




16, so playing breakout on my Atari wasn't a waste of time after all, huh mom :P

Of course, if there was a guy in a gorilla suit that ran through the screen and I missed it, I have been played.
posted by cashman at 10:30 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


I remembered it too. Scored an 80. Last time?

159. At least I've found a tool for explaining to people what it's like to be colorblind.
posted by jermsplan at 12:28 PM on September 17, 2008

So...do I have a better monitor, or have I gotten less colorblind? Is that something you can correct over time?
posted by jermsplan at 10:32 AM on September 13, 2011


137, but I already knew i was colorblind.

looking forward to my wife's score, who insists she can see yellow, when I'm pretty sure she is very deficient in the yellow seeing area.
posted by jrishel at 10:33 AM on September 13, 2011


I only did the first one, and now I have a headache. But it looks like I did pretty well on that one at least. Bleh.
posted by antifuse at 10:33 AM on September 13, 2011


i got a 3 but i really wasn't trying and don't even care and if i had tried i would have got -1
posted by brain_drain at 10:37 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


7. And I felt like a couple were off, but they looked worse when I switched them.

So...what do I do with this information?

I guess I'll just make the men in my family take the test now so that I can feel superior.
posted by misha at 10:38 AM on September 13, 2011


13. Yeah, without percentiles or "you made 7 mistakes, but all of them were in this spectrum" or something, that doesn't really tell me anything.
posted by Errant at 10:40 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


3. My mistakes were in the green hues, which I knew as I was doing it because the hue differences were not as obvious as in the other colors, so my greens felt like guesses.

Feel pretty good now that the OCD section is my brain has had it's fun for the day.
posted by ilikemefi at 10:42 AM on September 13, 2011


23, but my attention span is short.
posted by moonbiter at 10:44 AM on September 13, 2011


Has anyone else noticed that the four rows are connected… (i.e. the right endpoint of row 1 = left endpoint of row 2, etc.)

4.
posted by polymodus at 10:55 AM on September 13, 2011


And the last endpoint is the same as the top… full circle.
posted by polymodus at 10:56 AM on September 13, 2011


0. Mom always said I was a zero.
posted by maxwelton at 11:05 AM on September 13, 2011


A perfect 0, also on a Macbook Pro TN glossy screen. Male, age 30-39.
posted by fremen at 11:09 AM on September 13, 2011


70. I'm a guy with confirmed red green color deficiency though. That third row with purple and green was horrible.
posted by graxe at 11:27 AM on September 13, 2011


Perfect 0! Woohoo!
posted by sevenyearlurk at 11:29 AM on September 13, 2011


I got a perfect 0. But I definitely noticed that some of the axes were more challenging than others. For me, the last axis was the most difficult, and I'm surprised I got it perfectly.
posted by grouse at 11:38 AM on September 13, 2011


11. I've taken the Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue test before (the IRL version of this), but it was ten years ago. I wish I could remember my score from back then.
posted by pemberkins at 11:38 AM on September 13, 2011


It seems that I have perfect color vision. And all I did was click the Score Test button without doing anything.
posted by Splunge at 11:38 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Interesting.... I got a 12 a couple hours ago, but just got a 2 when I gave it another try --- same monitor, same (indoor/desklamp only) lighting.
posted by easily confused at 11:44 AM on September 13, 2011


14, but I have an LCD monitor big enough to make MetaFilter several different shades of blue.
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 11:46 AM on September 13, 2011


Yeah... this can be thought of as a test of how willing you are to re-order colored squares. Going to art school for $100k or so will give you the discipline, drive and focus to do so. And thus is not entirely useless.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 11:58 AM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


0, and I'm bragging because I've needed a perfect SOMETHING for a while.
posted by thorny at 12:08 PM on September 13, 2011


got an 8 earlier (expecting a 0), and just got a 4 (again, expecting a goose-egg). it seems to me that i was looking at the spots that had the discrepancies, but when i shifted a color square one way or another, it looked even worse. so i figured i was good.
i'm a visual designer by training and by experience, and i'm worried i'm gonna have to keep doing this "test" until i get a perfect score. maybe i'll try a better monitor, at home.
posted by rude.boy at 12:15 PM on September 13, 2011


0, and I'm bragging because I've needed a perfect SOMETHING for a while.

You and me both.

At least I can see color perfectly. At least I can see color perfectly. At least I can see color perfectly. At least I can see color perfectly.
posted by 3FLryan at 12:23 PM on September 13, 2011


10!
Male 50-59

Of course I can't remember them once I finish.....
posted by umberto at 12:29 PM on September 13, 2011


score: 6
Male, aged 35
posted by I am the Walrus at 12:44 PM on September 13, 2011


...even though the whole time I felt like I was making really arbitrary choices, which was fine because my plan was to get all the bars close and then go back over them individually and make adjustments; but I ended up skipping that and just hitting submit because it looked fine and frankly I was pretty sick of it...

villanelles at dawn - I think you just described all of my life choices in a very strange way.
posted by mokeydraws at 12:44 PM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


0! I win! I blame my crappy monitor at home for the non-zero scores I got earlier.
posted by madcaptenor at 12:54 PM on September 13, 2011


12. Male, 37. I can sense my night vision going, but apparently my colour vision is still ok.
posted by Harald74 at 12:59 PM on September 13, 2011


4 too.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 1:05 PM on September 13, 2011


8. Not bad.

Could probably drop the score if I tried longer, but I got bored.
posted by caution live frogs at 1:09 PM on September 13, 2011


4, and I'm on a good monitor.

Also, why is this post still up?
posted by slogger at 1:09 PM on September 13, 2011


8 - Take that blurry, no coffee eyes!
posted by AD_ at 1:12 PM on September 13, 2011


30-year-old female; perfect score. Which surprised me. I found this pretty difficult.
posted by feathermeat at 1:25 PM on September 13, 2011


4.
posted by exlotuseater at 1:30 PM on September 13, 2011


It would be interesting if this was really a test to see how humans' internal sorting algorithms work, rather than having anything to do with vision.
posted by schmod at 1:31 PM on September 13, 2011


4, but as with many people I did it quickly. I've scored 0 on the Munsell test, which uses physical tiles that you sort in meatspace instead of virtually.
posted by Snowflake at 1:33 PM on September 13, 2011


Could be, schmod. I kept thinking that I'd do this differently if I were doing it in meatspace. My usual physical sorting algorithm is basically mergesort: split the pile in half, sort each pile, merge the two sorted piles together. But I'm usually sorting homework or exams that have names on them, so I rarely1 have trouble telling which order any pair should go in. A sorting algorithm for colors probably would want to minimize the number of close calls one has to make. (Surely someone has studied this.)

1. "rarely", not "never", because I'm dealing with large enough classes that I don't have all the students' names in my head, and they don't all write legibly.
posted by madcaptenor at 1:38 PM on September 13, 2011


23...but apparently that's better than average for an old broad.
posted by Kokopuff at 2:03 PM on September 13, 2011


16
posted by darth_tedious at 2:39 PM on September 13, 2011


8. Which apparently ends up not being too bad at all. My errors were clustered in the blue-green and yellowish areas of the spectrum.
posted by howling fantods at 2:44 PM on September 13, 2011


35... but judging by the bars, ALL my mistakes were in the green-blue section. I swear that one was closer together than the other ones. But that's also the one I did last, and my eyes were pretty fatigued at that point.
posted by Gordafarin at 2:46 PM on September 13, 2011


Muriel Blandings: I want it to be a soft green, not as blue-green as a robin's egg, but not as yellow-green as daffodil buds. Now, the only sample I could get is a little too yellow, but don't let whoever does it go to the other extreme and get it too blue. It should just be a sort of grayish-yellow-green. Now, the dining room. I'd like yellow. Not just yellow; a very gay yellow. Something bright and sunshine-y. I tell you, Mr. PeDelford, if you'll send one of your men to the grocer for a pound of their best butter, and match that exactly, you can't go wrong! Now, this is the paper we're going to use in the hall. It's flowered, but I don't want the ceiling to match any of the colors of the flowers. There's some little dots in the background, and it's these dots I want you to match. Not the little greenish dot near the hollyhock leaf, but the little bluish dot between the rosebud and the delphinium blossom. Is that clear? Now the kitchen is to be white. Not a cold, antiseptic hospital white. A little warmer, but still, not to suggest any other color but white. Now for the powder room - in here - I want you to match this thread, and don't lose it. It's the only spool I have and I had an awful time finding it! As you can see, it's practically an apple red. Somewhere between a healthy winesap and an unripened Jonathan. Oh, excuse me...

Mr. PeDelford: You got that Charlie?

Charlie, Painter: Red, green, blue, yellow, white.

Mr. PeDelford: Check.
posted by gamera at 2:53 PM on September 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


So the internet finally has a new addition to "asl", colour acuity.

ASLCA? 25 M NZ 8
posted by doublehappy at 2:58 PM on September 13, 2011


0, and yeah, I expected it.
posted by Edgewise at 3:04 PM on September 13, 2011


It's quick and dirty, but I hand copied all the self-reported scores from this thread (probably missing a few along the way) into a Google spreadsheet and made a histogram. Anyone who wants to add their score can edit the sheet and the histogram should update.

As of now, it looks like the self-reported median is 8 and the mean is about 20. That's probably skewed a lot by people wanting to brag about awesome they did or poke fun at themselves for how color-blind they are, but at least it's a start.

Also, I got an 8 and I'm proud!
posted by albrecht at 3:27 PM on September 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


31
posted by FormlessOne at 3:44 PM on September 13, 2011


The quality of your monitor totally makes difference.

First time: 4 (on a Thinkvision monitor - and my errors were in the salmon/orange interface)
Second time: 0 (on a T410S laptop screen)
posted by porpoise at 4:27 PM on September 13, 2011


70 - not horrible, but it probably disqualifies me from any position with Homeland Security or any major police force.
posted by fredludd at 4:30 PM on September 13, 2011


16 - Thanks burnmp3s and Mister Fabulous for helping me see that my humdrum and ordinary 16 is actually a perfect score on the ADD / OCD spectrum.
posted by marsha56 at 5:14 PM on September 13, 2011


3
posted by MythMaker at 6:00 PM on September 13, 2011


I took the test again and got 1001.
posted by moonbiter at 6:26 PM on September 13, 2011


19. I could see it wasn't perfect but I started to get a headache and gave up.
posted by deborah at 6:26 PM on September 13, 2011


15, but [defensive excuse].
posted by obiwanwasabi at 6:57 PM on September 13, 2011


16 - Is it just me, or is this scoring system completely useless without some more context. What are the averages? What is considered good vs. poor? Etc.

That's exactly what I was going to say (including the score of 16).
posted by John Cohen at 7:01 PM on September 13, 2011


70 - not horrible, but it probably disqualifies me from any position with Homeland Security or any major police force.

Homeland Security only checks if you can see brown.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 7:01 PM on September 13, 2011


Interesting how more than one person has commented to say: I'm surprised I got a perfect score — this was really hard for me. Maybe it felt hard because you tried hard, and that's why you got a perfect score?
posted by John Cohen at 7:02 PM on September 13, 2011


Apparently perfectly for the first row, which is the only one I could be bothered doing, because I moved all those blocks around and a) the row didn't disappear with a "bing!" and b) no development appeared on them, and I waited for ages and even built a nice park nearby.
posted by tumid dahlia at 7:28 PM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


19 - that's not too bad, huh? 23 year old male here.
posted by Zephyrial at 8:23 PM on September 13, 2011


10
posted by starvingartist at 10:51 AM on September 13 [+] [!]


And now we know why! *ducks*
posted by Deathalicious at 8:35 PM on September 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


3.
posted by guster4lovers at 8:56 PM on September 13, 2011


20. I'm a woman in my mid-20s and it's never even crossed my mind that I didn't see color perfectly.
posted by troublesome at 9:29 PM on September 13, 2011


0. But oh, how my eyes hurt now!
posted by kitcat at 10:47 PM on September 13, 2011


Without percentile ranks, etc, I don't know how to interpret my score, or the 200 something scores being announced in this thread. I suppose we could tally the comments here and get some sort of average but probably not a very informative one. (like what? mode 0 median 4 mean 70?)
posted by dgaicun at 12:07 AM on September 14, 2011


3.

One of those times when ocd, adhd, and being a wuss, actually team up perfectly, as the work I should be doing now is more boring and scary than this.
posted by Elysum at 1:17 AM on September 14, 2011


7. But I did it with the help of an imaginary optometrist in my head, saying 'greenier or orangy-er' over and over until we figured it out.
posted by The GoBotSodomizer at 1:53 AM on September 14, 2011


I scored 40 on this attention-span and commitment to task test. What?
posted by Catch at 2:44 AM on September 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Finally got it done, though now my eyes are totally bugging out. 8. Not too shabby. Probably could've done better with a) a better/colour corrected monitor and b) waiting a half hour and going back to check my answers once my eyes are no longer bugged out of my head.
posted by antifuse at 6:29 AM on September 14, 2011


Also, apparently the highest score for my age range is *1520*. WTF??
posted by antifuse at 6:30 AM on September 14, 2011


117. Some of those darn things vibrate, doncha know. They flash and strobe and switch colors with neighboring pixels. It's late in the day.
posted by Goofyy at 9:16 AM on September 14, 2011


4 - woohoo!
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 9:26 AM on September 14, 2011


4, (male, 40) but the bar graph afterward was uniformly low so I can't even tell what I supposedly got wrong. Is that what you other 4s have gotten?
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:05 AM on September 14, 2011


I got 4 as well. All of mine were missed at the end, in the red range.

Mine worked just like DU said. The ones out of order just popped out. I think my eyes got tired which is why I missed those 4 at the end.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:18 AM on September 14, 2011


I did it again on my macbook and spent some more time on it and got a 14.
posted by empath at 11:26 AM on September 14, 2011


Is anyone here actually color blind? I'd be curious what you scored.
posted by empath at 11:28 AM on September 14, 2011


55. I am not colorblind. I am ADD, got frustrated with trying to keep focus on the test, and apparently I really suck at blue/green distinction.

And I maybe sort of feel like my life just lost a smidge of value because zomg my color vision is horrible.

On the other hand, this probably explains why I was never the girl who cared about matching her purse to her shoes. Or her top to her pants. Or, well, much of anything to anything.
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE at 1:22 PM on September 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


A perfect circle. Also my monitor has really weird scan lines that I never noticed before.
posted by Lucien Dark at 1:48 PM on September 14, 2011


I did it again on a different (I can't say better, but different) monitor, and got 4 instead of 11. My problems were all in the blue-green range.
posted by pemberkins at 2:29 PM on September 14, 2011


So does the eye have less blue/green distinction than other colors? Or is it some quirk of the test that a lot of people are doing poorly on that section?
posted by Gordafarin at 3:40 PM on September 14, 2011


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