What can be either red or orange?
May 14, 2017 10:47 AM   Subscribe

Looking for things which can be fully-saturated red or orange, where either color is about equally likely and unsurprising, and which are not flowers. It's okay if the thing can occur in other colors as well, as long as it is usually red or orange, or the red/orange versions are dominant and familiar. Also acceptable: things which can occur in colors intermediate between red and orange, or which can be simultaneously red and orange.

Good examples: tomatoes, newts, street signs, the moon at moonrise or moonset, fire, autumn leaves

Bad examples:
fire engines (can technically be any color someone wants to paint them, but orange would be unusual and not what people would generally think of),
apples (orange apples exist but are uncommon),
bricks (can be red or orange, but are usually duller, less saturated colors)
roses (are flowers)
posted by Spathe Cadet to Grab Bag (34 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Bell peppers
posted by wyzewoman at 10:50 AM on May 14 [15 favorites]

posted by stillmoving at 10:52 AM on May 14 [2 favorites]

The Golden Gate Bridge? (Most people would call it red, but officially it's International Orange)
posted by alexei at 10:55 AM on May 14 [1 favorite]

Blood oranges
Yams/sweet potatoes
Flame bowerbird
American bittersweet berries
Gac fruit
Lipstick, nail polish, hair dye
posted by Ideefixe at 11:03 AM on May 14


I'll add that I don't actually think newts are a good example. I assume you're thinking of red efts. Despite the name, I've never seen a red eft that looked anything but orange.
posted by Redstart at 11:29 AM on May 14 [1 favorite]

Traffic lights.
posted by zamboni at 11:39 AM on May 14 [1 favorite]

Flame skimmer.
posted by rtha at 11:58 AM on May 14

Sunrise, sunset.
posted by aniola at 12:12 PM on May 14 [4 favorites]

Nectarines and peaches.
posted by invokeuse at 12:28 PM on May 14

posted by phoenixy at 12:30 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]

posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 12:45 PM on May 14

posted by STFUDonnie at 1:11 PM on May 14

Le Creuset and similar cookware
posted by STFUDonnie at 1:14 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]

posted by chiefthe at 1:51 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]

Salmon Berries.
posted by jacquilynne at 1:54 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]

Scotch bonnet peppers
posted by Thorzdad at 2:14 PM on May 14

Cars? Balls?
posted by Toddles at 2:49 PM on May 14

posted by aniola at 2:51 PM on May 14

Seconding garnets.
posted by MexicanYenta at 4:05 PM on May 14

Goldfish (the red breeds are sometimes called "comets")
Heirloom carrots
Peaches or nectarines (the skins)
Gummi bears
posted by pseudostrabismus at 4:28 PM on May 14

Bell peppers.
posted by heathergirl at 5:24 PM on May 14

posted by chesty_a_arthur at 5:27 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]

traffic cones
monarch butterflies
the interior flesh of citrus fruit
posted by bq at 5:31 PM on May 14

posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:38 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]

posted by airmail at 7:35 PM on May 14

Vermillion Flycatcher (more orange earlier in the season)
posted by veery at 11:28 PM on May 14

The sandstone in Red Rock canyon
The bottom half of a tequila sunrise
posted by jamaro at 12:03 AM on May 15

Post-it notes -- or stationary in general really
Canvas bags (like the reusable grocery kind)
Bicycle Helmets
Sports jerseys
posted by cotterpin at 2:19 AM on May 15

Tequila Sunrise :)
posted by Fallbala at 7:25 AM on May 15

Golf balls (for miniature golfing)
Christmas lights
Colored pencils or crayons
Any variety of candies (jolly ranchers, gummy bears)
posted by LKWorking at 8:45 AM on May 15

Amanita muscaria

waxy caps
posted by RedEmma at 9:04 AM on May 15

Cheetos come in both classic orange and orangey-red in the Flamin' Hot flavor.

In addition to all of the aforementioned fruits, how about persimmons? They generally range from orangey-red to reddish-orange.
posted by mhum at 12:43 PM on May 15

Lifejackets, PDF vests
posted by itsflyable at 2:23 PM on May 15 [1 favorite]

Also, ruby red grapefruits, like blood oranges, are simultaneously orange on the outside and red on the inside.
posted by mhum at 2:49 PM on May 15

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