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It's possible that teletubbies are the answer to everything.
Whereas that may not be completely true, I feel
nonetheless that they can be used to describe colours,
Imagine a regular tetrahedron. At each vertex stands a
teletubby. In terms of RGB values, their colours are
And last, but not least, Po: FFC10F.
Clearly the colours represented by the teletubbies
themselves are easy to define. Each one is completely one
of them and zero any of the three others. There is also a
theoretical central teletubby who is zero percent like any
of the others in colour. In fact this mysterious central
individual fascinates me. What shape is their aerial? Are
they average in height? What is their name? I estimate
that the central teletubby is a kind of aqua colour - 9AE8F8
in terms of RGB hex triplets.
Other colours are described in terms of the four teletubby
axes, which are line segments drawn from the mysterious
fifth central teletubby who must exist if teletubby colour
theory can work at all, to each of Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, La-La
and Po. The coordinates are defined in terms of the
distance along those lines as a real number between zero
It occurs to me now that there is also a 4-D simplex
polytope vertex teletubby ana to the four three-
dimensional teletubbies, and I'm not sure whether this
teletubby is in fact the same as the central teletubby or
not. I kind of envisage a supersaturated version of the
central one, but maybe not.
Like other colour spaces, not all colours can be adequately
represented by this space. Firstly, all colours are strongly
saturated. There are no baby blues or pale pinks, no
whites, browns, blacks or greys in this tetrahedron.
Secondly, primary additive colours cannot be represented
although Po is, surprisingly, the reddest. Thirdly, blues are
rather deficient and reds over-represented.
Challenging the theory that teletubbies are fundamental units. [Zeuxis, Jul 24 2017]
||I once wrote an episode where an old teletubby describes a time when
all teletubbies were black and white. I forget what I named her.
||That's brilliant! Though in terms of colour perhaps rather
dull. Is there an origin story for their colours?
||No idea. She was called Auntie Gaga. That was before Lady Gaga
||With regards to the recent topic on crisp-packet colour standardization, does anyone happen to know what Teletubby tastes like?
IMHO ought to be RGBA parameters (which, perhaps, might require renaming Tellyqubies), and HTML5 and websafe
||Websafe is probably easily implemented with this, although
who really needs that nowadays? Maybe extremely cheap
phones? Not sure about the rest.
||[Ian], maybe their great-grandparents were invisible.
||Oh yes, radio ga ga, radio goo goo, and radio blah blah. I
remember them well, they were all we'd hear!
||Po, can you post a link to your episode?
||// does anyone happen to know what Teletubby tastes like? //
||Probably very like Womble.
||Wombles tend to have amnesia regarding their identity.
||not really kosher, but if you stretch the heights the
teletubbies they could could get paler, thus affecting the
rest of the color space to provide light pastels. Note: this is
not rude to actual teletubbies, it is just a tweaky sliderbar.
||// stretch the heights the teletubbies //
||Now there's an idea. Would you use a rack, or a noose round the neck and heavy weights on the ankles ?