What Color Is A Mirror?

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    Study on mirror color: www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA523782
    Bad Astronomy on Mirror-color: www.badastronomy.com/mad/1996/mirror.html
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    Origins of color terms: www.worldwidewords.org/articles/colour.htm
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    xkcd's color survey: blog.xkcd.com/2010/05/03/color-survey-results/
    Tyndall Effect: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyndall_effect
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    Fantastic Radio Lab about color terms: www.radiolab.org/2012/may/21/sky-isnt-blue/
    Straight Dope on the history of color terms: www.straightdope.com/columns/read/449/could-early-man-only-see-three-colors
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  • Stealthy Cessna
    Stealthy Cessna 17 hours ago

    Imagine getting into a science argument with v sauce

  • BlazeYT
    BlazeYT Day ago

    I like to be around FFFFFF A42CF3E

  • Yuni X2
    Yuni X2 Day ago

    Silver Mirror,get that out of here.
    I prefer Black Mirror. 😉

  • *LaDY* *L0VE*
    *LaDY* *L0VE* Day ago

    That reflection in the mirror 😥🤨🤣

    EXPLOIT DESIGNER 2 days ago

    Vsauce: What is life?

  • Help Me
    Help Me 3 days ago

    Let's just say a mirror is a glitch that the developers haven't caught

  • Charmander Firestone

    But what if a room was made of mirrors

  • Andrew James
    Andrew James 4 days ago

    Isnt it only green because of the color of the glass? But i guess the glass would be part of the mirror

  • haha yes i am epic gamer

    nah its every color

  • Vlad Avram
    Vlad Avram 4 days ago

    I'll be white black" that is either peak politically correctness in a color joke or huge racism...

  • notorious SPECTER
    notorious SPECTER 4 days ago

    Wtf is this my recommendation?!!!??

  • ComHelper
    ComHelper 5 days ago

    It's bluregregra.

  • *Good Vibes*
    *Good Vibes* 5 days ago +2

    *_If our eyes aren’t real, then are mirrors real??_*

  • Oh Yeah Yeah My Nibba
    Oh Yeah Yeah My Nibba 5 days ago +1

    0:50 should’ve been the end of the vid we got our answer

  • Funny Bunny
    Funny Bunny 5 days ago

    *reads title*

    *existential crisis intensifies*

  • Paul D.J. Glover
    Paul D.J. Glover 5 days ago +2

    My "you-colored mirror" is the best color.

  • Galaxy Mew
    Galaxy Mew 6 days ago

    I want a "you-colored" marker

  • Suani Avila
    Suani Avila 6 days ago

    Since it reflects every color it’s not a color
    It’s just there
    No color
    That’s my opinion

    • Dark Star
      Dark Star 6 days ago

      Suani Avila understand that colour is not a physical object. Your skin has no colour. Colour is something we call what our eyes see that they convert to an imagine in the brain through electrical impulses so you can see your world around you and helps determine what you see in your world as safe healthy food or plants.
      colours do no exist in an atomic sense. A colour is light being split up like a prism except its is done without being see through and only certain colours or colour is reflected. Atoms and light are complicated. Some light bends around an atom and bends back but only a small spectrum of light bends all the way around like an invisibility cloak so that light going through air will cause blue light while everything else bends away.
      How that works with eyes i do not not know. Some one got it wrong. I think its the same but different, the way nano tubes trap light to create vanta black. Ultra black. Eyes like butterfly wings trap all colours besides blue. It does not reflect blue. Only blue escapes. Its a black hole only blue can escape. Id say thats still blue. Talk about being insanely picky. And i thought anime fans were picky. My eyes are blue. Shut up scientists. You can never ever take that away from me unless you turn off the lights so no one has colour. If you confused imagine the world had no light source. Colour would not exist.

  • Smol Drago
    Smol Drago 6 days ago

    It’s mirror color

  • *I D *K
    *I D *K 6 days ago

    But how about glass!?!

  • *I D *K
    *I D *K 6 days ago

    U answered my question when I AM 8 yep I’m 8

  • Nightbot
    Nightbot 6 days ago

    I’m Color blind

  • Supreme Salsa
    Supreme Salsa 7 days ago

    no a mirror is mirr, a reflective color.

  • S.H. Gaming
    S.H. Gaming 7 days ago

    What if there is a color that is there but we dont know about because our eyes reflect it? Can u do some research on that Vsauce?

  • Stan LT
    Stan LT 8 days ago

    When I saw your polo I remembered that isolation video..

  • Pizza Main
    Pizza Main 8 days ago +1


  • LOL Science
    LOL Science 8 days ago

    0:53 - I love that!

  • I want to be tracer. I’m already tracer.

    What color is a green screen?

  • GamerZX
    GamerZX 9 days ago


  • BaumKrippe LP
    BaumKrippe LP 9 days ago

    Be srry for the puns

    Or else.

  • Popf 1234
    Popf 1234 10 days ago


  • Nobody Sis
    Nobody Sis 10 days ago +1


  • The Night
    The Night 11 days ago +1

    Fuck! Me is Lose braincells

  • Lanubedethom
    Lanubedethom 11 days ago

    A mirror can be a black mirror?

  • Duke_ Dempsey15
    Duke_ Dempsey15 12 days ago


  • Gurre Kurre
    Gurre Kurre 12 days ago

    0:21 top ten anime betrayals

  • Tristan Hymiller
    Tristan Hymiller 12 days ago

    Okay VSauce
    Here’s one for ye
    What would a sunny day look like, without a blue sky?
    I’m trying to picture everything on the surface, houses, trees, mountains, all filled with daylight, but a sky as black as night, stars and all
    In short, what would Earth look like if the atmosphere just disappeared

  • UeUeUdk
    UeUeUdk 13 days ago

    what does having white eyes mean ?

  • Joseph Satterwhite
    Joseph Satterwhite 13 days ago

    This video was incorrect right off the bat. I dont care if you say I am wrong because I know I'm not. Black is the absence of color, it itself is not a color. At the beginning they listed "colors" in their phone call and he said black. You're wrong v sauce

  • CosmicPinkk
    CosmicPinkk 13 days ago


  • time less
    time less 14 days ago

    Than why are albino eyes red

  • Declan Techo
    Declan Techo 14 days ago

    Tl;dw: silverish smart white with a shade of green

  • Peach White
    Peach White 14 days ago

    There is no result without a process, listen to him while he explains why, and as always, enjoy the video.

  • 100 subscribers With no content

    It’s green

  • X.x Star skeX.x
    X.x Star skeX.x 15 days ago

    Soooooo you’re telling me that a mirror is a color sponge?

  • ME_Gaming
    ME_Gaming 16 days ago

    A Mirror isnt actually green. The green bit of it comes from the iron parts in the glass covering it. A real Life mirror is in fact white.

  • JetyBoiii
    JetyBoiii 17 days ago +1

    This title hurt my brain...

  • Peter Saburov
    Peter Saburov 17 days ago

    dat intro tho...

  • Smey Tube
    Smey Tube 18 days ago

    The puns 😂

  • Gonzalo Cárdenas Roque

    El patas chuecas de talan

  • Uni Blast
    Uni Blast 18 days ago

    Lies I'm colour blind so I can't see that amount of colours

  • Georgia D
    Georgia D 19 days ago

    But if eyes are blue in the same way the sky is blue why doesn’t the color of blue eyes change

  • Luke Smith
    Luke Smith 19 days ago

    You been working out? You look little bit more *swol up* than you did in your last video

  • i can finally change my name


  • Paula Zailskas
    Paula Zailskas 20 days ago

    0:10 why is that me and every middle aged white person?! mm'yellow

  • Lovely Love
    Lovely Love 21 day ago

    The mirror tunnel is also green from the iron impurities in the glass

  • Wisher.
    Wisher. 21 day ago +1

    Michaels voice is much better than hers.

  • Dominic The Kelpie
    Dominic The Kelpie 21 day ago

    In German black means "schwarz" and white means "weiß" ("weiss").
    But we got another word, "blank". It means something like empty, but for a surface, like a table or plains.
    And an empty sheet of paper is called "blanko".

  • KGaming
    KGaming 22 days ago

    You sure it doesn’t come from the word blank?

  • Pontus Bergkvist
    Pontus Bergkvist 23 days ago


  • casesusa
    casesusa 23 days ago

    My mirror is culturally appropriating me.

  • Sadboi 123
    Sadboi 123 23 days ago

    It’s turquoise. I knew it

  • Lemonade Is Gay
    Lemonade Is Gay 23 days ago

    I cried when I read the title

  • oh hell yeah
    oh hell yeah 23 days ago

    Why do you always stand up when you start talking again?
    VSauce - Heyyyyy I'm back!!

  • Kingslay989
    Kingslay989 23 days ago +2


  • HelliRhyses
    HelliRhyses 24 days ago

    Blacks not a colour is a shade

  • Zdestroyer
    Zdestroyer 24 days ago +27

    Plot twist: Mirrors are wormholes to 90 degree flipped universes

    • Zdestroyer
      Zdestroyer 11 days ago

      +Otto Von Bismarck - uh oh, yeah and their skin is colliding with yours

    • Otto Von Bismarck - uh oh,
      Otto Von Bismarck - uh oh, 11 days ago

      Zdestroyer and you can’t get into them because your counterpart is doing the same.

  • Midhun Pradeep
    Midhun Pradeep 24 days ago

    Blue, obviously.

  • HackySack
    HackySack 25 days ago

    0:10 *how every white person answers the phone*

  • Emidio Battipaglia
    Emidio Battipaglia 25 days ago

    you say BLANK to indicate something clear (BLANK/BLANCO/BLANC/BIANCO)

  • Kyle McGoldrick
    Kyle McGoldrick 25 days ago +2

    I thought white wasn’t a color.

  • vPreFire- iOS
    vPreFire- iOS 26 days ago

    so Mirror to mirror

  • An Very Handsome Cat
    An Very Handsome Cat 26 days ago +1


  • Lycan
    Lycan 26 days ago

    Take on green Lazer in the dark and then you will see the real color of the mirror

  • FAiden
    FAiden 27 days ago +5

    This comment is random:

    But what is random? In our minds it means something that comes out of nowhere, unrelated, but what makes our brains think "random?" Well your gonna have to wait till VSauce makes a video on that because I am NOT looking into that
    I'm lazy
    What makes laziness? Why does our body's or minds become "lazy"?
    I still dont wanna dig deeper if there's an answer vsauce made then PLEASE oh God please give me a link
    Why do we say "oh god?" What is said to be a "god?"
    Vsauce has so many unanswered questions but yet throws poor people away and becomes a youtube red channel, *oh god* .... that choice was *random* , and everyone is too *lazy* to work for money

  • Pai
    Pai 28 days ago

    Hi old vsauce

  • CringinPurPai
    CringinPurPai 28 days ago

    the color of a mirror is mirror, ill explain: oranges are called oranges because theyre orange, so mirrors are called mirrors because theyre mirror

  • Swappertale Productions

    Michael looks like Jesus without glasses... Does this mean... VSAUCE IS HEAVEN?!

  • Rocco siffredi
    Rocco siffredi 29 days ago

    The french girl is HOT

  • mkaali
    mkaali Month ago

    Why isn't the sky purple then if the shortest wavelengths get caught?

  • AFriendlyBloke
    AFriendlyBloke Month ago

    0:05 GREEN!

  • Mam Turtles
    Mam Turtles Month ago

    I can see the camera

  • Namelezz
    Namelezz Month ago

    What if I point a mirror to a mirror?

  • W.D. Gaster
    W.D. Gaster Month ago

    Its colour *transparent and clear*

  • ApaMineralla
    ApaMineralla Month ago

    guacamole negga penis

  • Ian Williams
    Ian Williams Month ago

    Why does Vsauce always pop up on my feed right before I’m going to bed? My mind is supposed to be revving down, not mind fucked revving about crazy shit. Going to watch Joe Rogan talk about lion killing chimps for awhile now to get back to baseline.

  • CHill TACtics
    CHill TACtics Month ago

    Its black because it absorbs all light

  • Bargingo Gorgonsoli


  • Cool Kids
    Cool Kids Month ago


  • Augis R
    Augis R Month ago


  • clickbait Police
    clickbait Police Month ago

    If you can see a mirror the mirror can see you

  • Nigg Er
    Nigg Er Month ago

    *reads title*

  • TradeDaNinja
    TradeDaNinja Month ago

    *Sans is proud*

  • Ebony Penguin
    Ebony Penguin Month ago

    Its like asking what shape is a boggart

  • Anthony Rosales
    Anthony Rosales Month ago

    Thanks for that intro vsauce.

  • syed hamza ali
    syed hamza ali Month ago

    A mirror is white now that's racist :(

  • RyanTEP/The Emerald Planet

    Mirror is made of glass.
    Glass is transparent.

  • Aparup Banerjee
    Aparup Banerjee Month ago

    Is a mirror slightly green due to the glass? What about first surface mirrors?

  • John Cris Antor
    John Cris Antor Month ago

    Then what is the color of the glass

  • Eggs Benedict
    Eggs Benedict Month ago +1

    How come Michael out of all people is the only person how can make a stupid pun and I’d still laugh at?