<p><cite>Paul Graham</cite> wrote:</p>

<blockquote cite="http://www.paulgraham.com/copy.html">
  <p>... most painters in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries used brownish colors.  They were imitating the great painters of the Renaissance, whose paintings by that time were brown with dirt.  Those paintings have since been cleaned, revealing brilliant colors; their imitators are of course still brown.</p>

<p>ha ha! suckers!</p>