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This Olympic Pool Color Progression Shows Just How Gross the Water Got

Olympic Pool Color Change Pantone and Hex Colors
Tony Rice

At this point, aside from the feats of Herculean strength and Mercurial speed -- which is a confusing way of saying "fast" -- one of the biggest talking points of the Olympics has nothing to do with actual human skill. In fact, it's more a lack thereof -- at least, if you're the pool guy.

As previously noted, the Olympic diving and water polo pools took only a few days to turn from their pleasant sapphire color to a disturbing aquamarine. While green functions as a soothing color in general, when it comes to pools, it's problematic. One intrepid redditor, Tony Rice, took it upon himself to show just how much the pools changed in a brief period of time.

Olympic Pool Color Change Progression
Tony Rice

For the color and design geeks, Rice was kind enough to include Pantone and Hex color values. If you don't know what that means, consult Google.

Rice explained his process to Thrillist:

"It was created from screenshots from the same NBC camera over several days in Photoshop," he said. "Hex color values were created by averaging the color in the pool and then converted to Pantone Coated color process values."

Allegedly, the color change posed no health threat to divers and polo players, and has since been attributed to the addition of an unauthorized 80 liters of hydrogen peroxide, according to the Independent. This led to the pool being completely drained of its 1 million gallons and refilled. Let's hear it for sustainability!

But hey, at least we all have something to talk about around the water cooler that's hopefully full of 2389 C-colored water. If it's anywhere near 7730 C, you should definitely consult your office manager.

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Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Senior News Editor. His favorite color is PANTONE 17-0230 TPX. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.