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Not to know what colour petrol is?

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RunningDay Fri 22-Jul-11 22:53:07

Talking with DH tonight, I now feel rather silly blush.

I always assumed it was black, like crude oil I guess...

As someone who has driven a car, and filled it up at the pump blush am I alone in this?

worraliberty Fri 22-Jul-11 22:53:53


icooksocks Fri 22-Jul-11 22:55:33

Petrol's green-thats why it comes out of the green pump
Diesel's Black-thats why it comes out the black pump


TheMitfordsMaid Fri 22-Jul-11 22:55:35

My 4 year old thought it was green after seeing a few adverts. I can see why you thought it might be black though.

PurveyorOfBaloney Fri 22-Jul-11 22:57:55

It's interesting when you Google images for 'colour petrol' that it is popularly believed to be a colour. Oddly enough, the blueish hue that is most often called 'petrol' is nothing like the yellowish or brownish transparent liquid that we fill our vehicles with!

Imnotaslimjim Fri 22-Jul-11 22:58:08

Petrol is clear, as is diesel, though I can understand why you would expect it to be coloured

griphook Fri 22-Jul-11 22:58:23

yanbu I thought it was clear, but now you made me think about it i'm not sure. blush

PaintedToenails Fri 22-Jul-11 22:58:49

It's kind of clear, isn't it?

But yes, I thought it was black for a long time. But then I also thought oil was black too and was surprised the first time I had to put any new oil in a car and realised it was a sort of honey colour....but then what do I know? DP despairs at my lack of automotive knowledge.....

PonceyMcPonce Fri 22-Jul-11 23:00:39

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pinkmagic1 Fri 22-Jul-11 23:00:41

Isn't it clear with a slight purple tinge?

gerardway Fri 22-Jul-11 23:00:56

Surely you'd know it's clear from when you throw put a bit on your BBQ to get it started. This is the reason why we now have a gas BBQ [grins]

IgnoringTheChildren Fri 22-Jul-11 23:00:57

I assume most people probably don't even think about it - you don't usually get to see it.

My (colour blind) DH thought that urine was green until it (bizarrely) came up in conversation and I informed him that this wasn't the case (we were early 20s at the time!) grin

YANBU - just a little unobservant/uninterested in the properties of petroleum.

rimmerfleadick Fri 22-Jul-11 23:06:20

light petroleum distillate (petrol) has a straw colour.

dyes can be added e.g agri pink diesel.

squeakytoy Fri 22-Jul-11 23:07:58

I always thought it was a yellow sort of pee colour..

Pleb1969 Fri 22-Jul-11 23:11:19

if that seriously is all you have troubling you right now then I'd count my blessings if I were you!

RunningDay Fri 22-Jul-11 23:21:49

I just thought I'd offer myself up as someone to laugh at a little Pleb

Main thing I'm worrying about tonight is whether a brown spot that's appeared on DS' foot is a birthmark type thing or an ingrown splinter. Really looking forward to taking him to the doctor for that one.

But yes, not too many worries, I am lucky.

squeakytoy Fri 22-Jul-11 23:25:48

Probably just a freckle smile

Pleb1969 Fri 22-Jul-11 23:30:11

See, I have far more serious issues than you, like did DS teacher notice he had the same pants on today as yesterday (they are the revoltingly bright ones Primarni have for sale at the moment so can't be too hard to notice), is there enough Marmite left in the pot for tomorrow's toast, is DH going to expect you know what tonight, etc etc. I can't be sidetracked by these petrol questions!!! (and I only know from filling up the lawnmower... wink)

SpecialFriedRice Fri 22-Jul-11 23:33:55

I thought it was a kind of light brown... Like apple juice.

So it's clear, huh? Learn something new everyday!

L8rAllig8r Sat 23-Jul-11 12:03:18

I think of it as being black, like oil, even though I know it isn't. It should be!
All I really know about petrol is
1. It's a massive rip-off
2. It smells really, really good.

NearlySpring Sat 23-Jul-11 12:15:39

Pleb- how did he manage to wear same pants two days in a row?

ebbandflow Sat 23-Jul-11 13:13:22

The smell of petrol makes me feel sick.

SoupDragon Sat 23-Jul-11 13:16:02

The petrol I pour into my lawn mower is clear.

Pleb1969 Sat 23-Jul-11 16:10:35

he's 8, he dresses himself and I think rather than bother to find clean ones he just picked the previous days ones up off the floor where he had stepped out of them the night before. Boys are gross.

AngryChair Sat 23-Jul-11 16:14:43

I thought it was black until I read this thread blush

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