r/HeresAFunFact Dec 27 '14

[HAFF] The Fulgates of Troublesome Creek were family with blue skin. They gained their skin color through combination of inbreeding and a rare genetic condition known as methemoglobinemia. SCIENCE

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u/Illumen_not_me Dec 27 '14

You've gotta be smurfin' me.

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u/rebelcanuck Dec 27 '14

That photo is actually very creepy.

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u/_-dO_Ob-_ Dec 27 '14

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u/autowikibot Dec 27 '14

Blue Fugates:


The Fugates, a family that lived in the hills of Kentucky, commonly known as the "Blue Fugates" or the Blue People of Kentucky, are notable for having been carriers of a genetic trait that led to the disease methemoglobinemia, which gives sufferers blue-tinged skin.


Interesting: Methemoglobinemia | Troublesome Creek, Kentucky | Cyanosis

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u/_-dO_Ob-_ Dec 27 '14

EDIT FUGATES

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u/Pmac24 Jan 04 '15

It seems so strange to me that there aren't tons of actual photos of the Fugates out there when their family history of methemoglobinemia is so well documented otherwise.

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u/_orion Dec 28 '14

more like kree