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The "Blue Family", parents Martin Fugate and Elizabeth Smith with all seven children, four of them blue!

What we see in this photo from the late 1800’s seems too weird to be true but, is in fact, reality!

Turns out that a little bit of recessive genes mixed with some inbreeding turns your skin blue! Who knew?!

The Daily Mail writes:

In the Appalachian Mountains rests a medical oddity so unusual that it at first seems a massive hoax.

Dating back to the early 1800s, an isolated family in eastern Kentucky – who can trace their roots back to a French orphan – started producing children who were blue.

As a result of a coincidental meeting of recessive genes, intermarriage and inbreeding, members of the Fugate family were born with a rare condition that made them visibly discoloured.

The mystery behind the astonishing picture of the Fugates, which has been baffling people for years, appears to have finally been solved.

It began when Martin Fugate, a French orphan, settled on the banks of eastern Kentucky’s Troublesome Creek to claim a land grant in the early 19th century. 

He married a red-haired American named Elizabeth Smith – who had a very pale complexion – and their union formed a genetic mutation that resulted in their descendants being born with blue skin.

Read more at dailymail.co.uk

  1. Zach Luebke

    I know there still has been people with cases of their skin being blue. As a result of Colloidal Silver. Or liquid silver. If you over use products with it, it will turn your skin blue. I also know back then, there where a lot more products with it in it that people where using. If they used them daily this could happen. I wouldn’t question that of only being embred but if they also had an occurance of high intakes of silver. Well anyways I’m writing to much so I just googled searched it. Here is a wikipedia of it (read under biological effects ) **** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argyria

    February 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    • Fantastic info Zach! Way to make me feel lazy for not digging up some more stuff on this condition!

      February 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

  2. Magicman

    Humm. If Martin married Elizabeth, and their union created the mutation, then why is his skin blue? Just saying.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

  3. Zach Luebke

    I usually figure things out fast…that people find unexplained. Did some digging on the Gable films With Steve B. from here. I work every day now so it’s hard to be on top of it all, though I still find it all interesting so I try. Lol. The only reason I knew about why peoples skin turns blue because of silver and that it was common back then was from Ripley Believe it or not show a long time ago ( i think it was that show )

    February 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm

  4. There is another reason for the term “blue blood.” Look up “colloidal silver.” Royalty used it for medicinal purposes and if overdone, will turn the skin blue. It happened not long ago to a man in the US who drank too much of it.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

  5. Zach Luebke

    Julie…REally!? I didn’t know that. You should read the first comment on this. I wrote it 🙂 I’d like to hear your thoughts on it..again. Lol

    February 23, 2012 at 5:04 am