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Anonymous asked in SportsOutdoor RecreationOther - Outdoor Recreation · 2 months ago

Is it true you should avoid wearing red clothes when going out in the woods because an animal might mistake the red clothes as being blood?

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    No. It is true that you should avoid wearing red clothes when going out in the dark, though, especially in dark woods. That's because human night vision sees red as black, so unless the jacket is reflective, like a stop sign, you will appear as if shrouded in black and it's easy for you to be not seen wearing red, making you hard to find and posing danger, like a greater likelihood of somebody running into you because that somebody can't see you.

    Because people are often told to wear bright colors at night so that they can be seen and not endanger themselves, it's a common mistake that people wear red, thinking of it as a bright color. Red is only bright in daylight, though, for humans. In human night vision, what our eyes see shifts towards ultraviolet, and since red is the farthest away from ultraviolet, violet being the top end of human visual spectrum and red being the bottom end, red stops being able to be seen and so appears as black.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    That really is a load of crap.

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