In the same way that the word orange described a fruit before a color, the color pink got its name from the Dianthus flower. 

  • Dianthus isn’t actually a single flower but a genus of about 300 species
  • The flower is native to Europe and Asia, but it can be found in North Africa too
  • In the 16th Century, the Dianthus Plumarius was commonly referred to as a pink
  • The verb “to pink” dates back to the 14th century and means “to decorate with a perforated pattern”
  • The color pink got its name not simply because the flowers are pink, but because the edges of their petals are “pinked”


“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.