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The Blue Family



For more than two centuries, the Fugate family has lived near Troublesome Creek in eastern Kentucky. Many of them, in the past, were blue. Yes, blue. As a result of inbreeding, the combination of a recessive trait caused them to be born with methemoglobinemia, a rare genetic disorder that turns the skin blue. Read more about this unique family known as "the blue Fugates" at Now I Know.

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I can't believe we've never featured the Blue Fugates on Neatorama before. I wrote about them a few years ago. http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/18314

A much longer article here. http://www.nclark.net/BluePeopleofTroublesomeCreek.html

This is kind of like when Alex wrote about kudzu and so many people were fascinated, but it never occurred to me to write about it because I thought everyone knew kudzu!
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Wow! I'd never heard of this before. I am glad that there was a legitimate medical reason for getting them to drink methylene blue to treat it - at first I thought it was somebody trying to see just how blue they could get them.
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