The family comedy Fifty Shades of Grey hits theatres this weekend.

Seems everyone is eager for movie’s shady parts. But what about the grey?

How well do you know the Switzerland of the colour palette, anyway? Well enough to pick out the three fake facts?

P.S. I’m in Canada so I need to stick with the g-r-e-y spelling (see #3).

Shades of Grey // 5 Facts, 3 Fake Facts

1 | Benjamin Moore Paint Company maintained 48 types of grey paint in 2014. They launched two more styles in 2015 to offer “50 shades of gray.”

2 | The New York Times was nicknamed “The Grey Lady” because it preferred using thousands of actual words to pictures.

3 | The U.S. Americans changed the spelling of grey to gray in the 1800s because they despised the first Earl (Charles) Grey just that much.

4 | The Canadian Football League’s playoff trophy is named the Grey Cup because they adored the fourth Earl (Albert) Grey just that much.

5 | Crayola commemorated the 25th anniversary of Dirty Dancing by releasing two new shades: Jennifer Grey and Patrick Gray-ze.

6 | The classic Earl Grey tea gets its flavour from the rind of the bergamot citrus.

7 | “Touch of Grey” was the Grateful Dead’s only Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

8 | The Fifty Shades of Grey books originated as sexy Twilight fan fiction entitled Master of the Universe and was posted online under the pseudonym Snowqueen’s Icedragon.

By the power of Grey skull…


Written by Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen loves to teach children. He specializes in literacy (elementary level) and has a lot of fun creating games and activities for class lessons. He also writes, manages social media accounts and announces roller derby games.

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