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According to the wikipedia article the last Blue Fugate was born in 1975 and he lost his bluish hue as he got older. So the genes are still floating around out there but they are sufficiently diluted that they are unlikely to pop up again except by a rare accident.

Unfortunately most image searches for the Blue Fugates are confounded by people confusing it methemoglobinemia with argyria, which is the blue color that morons get from drinking colloidal silver.

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I hadn't heard about them but it adds a little perspective. I went to visit my great-grandma when I was 9 in Appalachia. I got all sorts of flowers and candy laid on the doorstep. I even got a marriage proposal because I had "pure blood."

They were desperate for some diversity in the gene pool I guess.

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I read about these people. Interesting story about them.

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The blue people of Kentucky.

In an unusual story that involves both genetics and geography, an entire family from isolated Appalachia was tinged blue. Their ancestral line began six generations earlier with a French orphan, Martin Fugate, who settled in Eastern Kentucky.

Doctors don't see much of the rare blood disorder today, because mountain people have dispersed and the family gene pool is much more diverse.

The Fugate progeny had a genetic condition called methemoglobinemia, which was passed down through a recessive gene and blossomed through intermarriage.

Methemoglobinemia is a blood disorder in which an abnormal amount of methemoglobin -- a form of hemoglobin -- is produced, according to the National Institutes for Health. Hemoglobin is responsible for distributing oxygen to the body and without oxygen, the heart, brain and muscles can die.

In methemoglobinemia, the hemoglobin is unable to carry oxygen and it also makes it difficult for unaffected hemoglobin to release oxygen effectively to body tissues. Patients' lips are purple, the skin looks blue and the blood is "chocolate colored" because it is not oxygenated

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I didn't know that about red pistachios. I wondered why I don't see them anymore. I also thought they taste better and thought it was a special variety that was taken over by plain blah ones. I'll be damned.

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Mary Lee update still in Jersey ,but is way off shore ,but in line with Beach haven N.J. Gee I wonder if she hanging out with Bruce the Shark

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It's the dried tears of infidels :)

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OMG! Iranian pistacios are da bomb! every time my cousin's hubby eoyld go back to visit his folks, be would being them back. The salt on them is different. I do not know what it is, but it's better!

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I have a buddy who grew up in Iran.

Brings back pistachios every time he goes back. Which is much more problematic these days.

Nothing like Iranian pistachios...

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Oh no! Help us!

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