The popular colour, Blue, has quit! He announced his shock decision at a hastily arranged press conference in the We Are All Badgers office, at which point it appeared that the sky dropped out of the, er, sky. The previously blue space below is stark proof that Blue is with us no more.
Followers of Blue's campaign for improved working conditions for colours will know his efforts have been met with a wall of silence from global governments and campaigners say it left Blue with no choice but to act. The poor working conditions and long hours, literally 24 hours a day, every single day, has led to many colours suffering from chronic health problems and mental breakdowns. Perhaps the most famous case was when the colour splarg died from fatigue, which is why nothing is coloured splarg anymore.
Chester Chucklenuts, lead campaigner for the Colour Rights And Protection (CRAP) group, supported Blue's bold decision. "Colours are underappreciated and taken for granted. They work on other planets, away from their families; in war zones, risking their lives; and even inside arseholes, stinking of shit. And what thanks do they get? When was the last time you looked at your arse in the mirror and said thank you!?"
There has been a mixed reaction to the news from the public. Mavis Twing, from Southend, founder of the Blue Fan Club and his most avid supporter, took the news badly and she took her own life. While Mr Twang, from Northend, said Blue's decision saved his life! He tearfully recollected: "I've always prided myself for having whiter-than-white whites but as I took my latest wash out of the washing machine I saw to my dismay they were covered in blue splotches because of a rogue sock. I was heartbroken, it really was the end of my world, so I reached for my handy revolver, which I keep in my pocket for such emergencies, but before I could pull the trigger, before my very eyes, the blue disappeared from my clothes leaving them whiter-than-white once more. What a relief, I thought, in my rashness I had nearly killed myself. So I told myself to learn from my mistake and as a punishment for being rash I shot off my kneecap."
Meanwhile the Big Cheese Badger is said to be fuming at the news. "My favourite colour was blue," he growled, "If this is how he treats people then I'm changing it to yellow."
Work is already underway to recolour and replace what was once blue. Less popular colours have volunteered to do most of the work as they have more time on their hands. The mighty blue whale, the largest mammal in the world, has been recoloured mauve and renamed the mauve whale. Despite a great colouring job from mauve, the mauve whales are said to be disappointed as they feel they now sound less mighty. Blu-Tack has been recoloured puce and is now called Puce-Tack. And popular boy-band Blue has been renamed to Dark Shitty Brown. Lee Ryan, from Dark Shitty Brown, is unhappy with the new shit-related name but fans are already embracing the new name by throwing their soiled underwear at the band.
Only time will tell whether or not Blue returns, but in the meantime at least there'll be no more monday blues!