Hey! Follow that orange!

June 24, 2008

dutch-faces.jpgThis is a public service warning. If you know any Dutch people, you need to be very, very, careful not to confuse them.

This became obvious after a a bunch of Dutch soccer fans at Euro 2008 followed a Swiss railway worker onto the tracks because they mistook his orange reflective vest for their traditional orange dress. I’m not making this up. It seems the idea that train tracks might be a wacky spot for a soccer match just didn’t occur to them.

The Swiss, not wanting a slaughter that would gum up their tracks with Dutch people and wooden shoes, have now given the railway workers yellow vests.

Meanwhile, if you do know some Dutch people, do NOT let them see you toss an orange shirt into a tank of killer sharks. Don’t even THINK about it!

dutch-combo-360.jpgDutch soccer fans in Basel, Switzerland, June 21, 2008. REUTERS/ Arnd Wiegmann

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Don’t diss The Netherlands; the country produces some great beers.

Although this might also explain the story…

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

Orange is a cursed color. It’s EVERYWHERE in my life, too. I grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the Univ. of TN Volunteers, whose motto is “Go Big Orange!” During football season, Knoxville is awash with orange. Now I work at Home Depot and we say about loyal employees “Their blood runs orange!” I cannot get away from orange! It’s everywhere! I iwsh I were color blinde! Aaaargh!

Posted by Dee T | Report as abusive