The Fugate Family: The Blue People of Kentucky | 299

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We’ve all heard of the Blue Moon of Kentucky thanks to Elvis Presley, Kentucky Blue Grass, and Kentucky Blue is even a color of paint… But this is an entirely different type of blue; The Blue Fugates. They are a family with a rare blood disorder called methemoglobinemia. It can cause blue skin, and boy did it. Four of their seven children exhibited blue skin so the family retreated from society… and inbred over and over until they became world renowned for this hue. What happened to them? Can it be treated?  And how can you turn yourself blue from the comfort of your own home? We answer those questions and many even crazier this from the preverbal cornucopia of weird, Kentucky. 

Special thanks to this week’s sources:

Cover Art
Joshua Lerner

Books and Articles
Hereditary Diaphorase Deficiency and Methemoglobinemia –
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
Blue-Skinned Gods | S. J. Sindu

Mystery of the Fugate Family: The Blue People of Kentucky –

Blue Fugates –
Family Aggregation –
Argyria –
Science Classroom Teacher Resources –
Wired –
How Stuff Works –
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