(TMU) – The Fugates, a blue-skinned family from the hills of Kentucky has attracted and baffled scientists for generations, although their condition has now been explained as being caused by the disease Methemoglobinemia, which can make a person’s skin blue.
Members of the family are descendants of Martin Fugate and Elizabeth Smith who lived in Hazard, Kentucky around 1800. Both of them were carriers of the recessive methemoglobinemia (met-H) gene, and coincidentally, so was a nearby clan who had members that married and had children with Fugate descendants. Many of the children who have been born in this bloodline were born with met-H and had a blue skin color.
The Fugates and their condition was not known to researchers until the mid 20th century when a nurse named Ruth Pendergrass, along with the hematologist Madison Cawein III, made a detailed study of their ancestry. At the time, the family was living around the area of Troublesome Creek and Ball Creek in Kentucky.
Cawein treated the family with a substance called methylene blue, which he said eased their symptoms and reduced the blue coloring of their skin. He later published his research on the family and their ancestry in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 1964.
The last known descendant of the Fugate bloodline to be born with blue skin is Benjamin Stacy, who was born in 1975. It is said that his blue skin tone faded as he grew older, but he retained that complexion for most of his life.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Fugates dispersed from their home region, and as a result the family gene pool became much more diverse, thus decreasing the chances that this recessive gene will return.
Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist from Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, says that this is an incredibly rare condition that is not usually seen in real life.
“You almost never see a patient with it. It’s a disease that one learns about in medical school and it’s infrequent enough to be on every exam in hematology,” Tefferi told ABC News.
Inherited methemoglobinemia is a rare condition, but there are a few other people who have been diagnosed with the condition. It is believed that some of these patients could have been Fugate ancestors, but searches for direct links have proven inconclusive thus far.
In addition to blue skin, Methemoglobinemia can also cause a variety of other symptoms including headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, poor muscle coordination. Complications from the condition may include seizures and heart arrhythmias.
This condition is not always inherited either, and can sometimes be caused by environmental factors, including medications, chemicals, or food. In fact, most cases of this condition are acquired and not inherited.
In 2008, a blue-skinned man who came to be known as “papa smurf“ made headlines after his skin color changed as a result of consuming too much home-made colloidal silver.
Methemoglobinemia can also arise in patients with pyruvate kinase deficiency due to impaired production of NADH, the essential co-factor for Diaphorase I. Similarly, patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency may have impaired production of another co-factor, NADPH, according to Wikipedia.
Florida Man Drives Eight-Wheeled Chevy Monster Truck Across the Ocean
A Florida Man has decided to drive his eight-wheeled Chevy monster truck across the ocean. That’s right, you read that correctly: he drove his truck across the ocean. For the TikTok views. And yes, it worked.
The legendary “Florida Man” has long been a favorite for news readers and writers alike, offering an entertaining potpourri of the insane, the impressive, and the grotesque, with stories covering topics including drugs, violence, alligators, and unbelievable feats of human wackiness.
In the latest chapter of the ongoing saga, one brave Florida Man decided to do what no sane man had ever considered: rather than take his monster truck to the demolition derby, he took it to a South Florida bay and sailed it alongside the yachts instead.
WhistlinDiesel can best be described as the Johnny Knoxville of American truck culture, or as he describes himself, one who does “basically everything you’ve ever thought of doing with your truck but you’d never ACTUALLY do … simply because someone says it’s impossible.”
And just like Knoxville and the MTV Jackass gang pushed the concept of extreme, physical challenges beyond the limits of basic common sense, WhistlinDiesel is willing to do anything to go viral and catch some likes. It’s a winning formula, if a bit unsafe.
With that in mind, the social media madman took his two-axle Chevy Silverado, filled its eight tires with a ridiculous amount of air, and drove it straight into the Gulf of Mexico between Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach, Florida, without any sort of propeller.
It wasn’t long before authorities intervened to cut his ludicrous stunt short. WhistlinDiesel had just barely driven into the water and smashed the throttle over the bay before he was forced to haul it out of the drink with a boat while completely surrounded by the local sheriff’s department, the Coast Guard, and the Florida Department of Natural Resources – who were quite likely peeved that someone decided to plunge his diesel truck into a protected body of water.
“Still can’t believe how smoothly this went. I woke up at 4am after 2 hours of sleep that day thinking wtf am I doing? This could either end really good or really bad. Our original plan was to set up at night in the dark and drive miles offshore to watch the sun rise but looking back we got much better reactions from the public this way.”
And good reactions he did receive, as the maniac managed to get tons of press attention and social media clout. It still remains unclear whether he faced any charges for the stunt, so it’s safe to say: Mission accomplished!
Officials Call Kimberly Guilfoyle “HR Nightmare” For Offering Lapdance To Highest Bidder
According to multiple senior officials with the GOP and Trump campaign, former Fox TV host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is currently the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., was an “HR Nightmare” during her work for the White House and even offered lap dances to the highest bidder to raise funds for the campaign.
This type of behavior would not necessarily be out of character Guilfoyle, considering that she was forced to leave Fox News after being accused of sexually harassing a female assistant. The network eventually paid the assistant a settlement that was more than $4 million, and broke ties with Guilfoyle years before her contract expired, according to an investigation by The New Yorker.
The assistant said that Guilfoyle frequently got naked in front of her, showed her naked photographs of her male sexual partners, and required the assistant to sleep over at her apartment. Many of these accusations were confirmed by The New Yorker report.
According to the report, Guilfoyle told the assistant to give into pressure for sexual favors from other employees at Fox, and encouraged her to sleep with rich and powerful men. The woman was hired in 2015, just out of college.
“Guilfoyle told her to submit to a Fox employee’s demands for sexual favors, encouraged her to sleep with wealthy and powerful men, asked her to critique her naked body, demanded that she share a room with her on business trips, required her to sleep over at her apartment, and exposed herself to her, making her feel deeply uncomfortable,” the report stated.
The victim also said that Guilfoyle attempted to cover up the harassment, and even offered hush money payments when lawyers were investigating the allegations.
A former Fox employee who had been friendly with Guilfoyle said that she “created an environment that was detrimental to young women.”
“It was worse than gross—it put other women at Fox in such a terrible position,” the source said.
According to a report this week in Politico, senior officials with both the GOP and the Trump campaign also felt uncomfortable about how explicit Guilfoyle was about her sex life. At an event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming earlier this year, Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr. joked about how she raised money while in hot tubs. Another witness at the event said that the joke was about “hot tub parties” for high level donors.
Guilfoyle was also the First Lady of San Francisco from 2004 to 2006. She married Democratic politician and future California Governor Gavin Newsom and was First Lady of San Francisco during Newsom’s first two years as mayor of that city.
Guilfoyle served as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco from 2000 to 2004. She also appeared in the 2004 film Happily Even After playing a public defender.
As of early 2020, the Trump campaign was paying Guilfoyle $15,000 per month through the campaign manager’s private company, Parscale Strategy.
In the Trump 2020 campaign, Guilfoyle managed a fund-raising division. The fundraising division managed by Guilfoyle was accused of irresponsible spending.
Kentucky Police Showed Cadets Slideshow Promoting Violent Tactics, Quoting Hitler, and Robert E. Lee
A slideshow that officials with The Kentucky State Police decided to show to young cadets promoted violence and used quotes from problematic figures such as Adolf Hitler and Robert E. Lee. The presentation was titled “The Warrior Mindset,” and encouraged cadets to become “the loving father, spouse, and friend as well as the ruthless killer.”
The slideshow was obtained by an attorney in Kentucky named David Ward, who filed an open records request on behalf of the Adams Landenwich Walton law firm as part of a lawsuit. The lawsuit was regarding the death of a man who was killed by police in Harlan County, but for some reason, the slideshow was included in the documents.
Ted Walton, one of the partners at the law firm, handed the documents over to his two teenage sons, who broke the national story in their high school newspaper The Manual RedEye. The fact that it was teenagers who did the initial reporting on this story is fitting, considering that these slideshows were given to teenagers with aspirations of becoming police.
The disturbing slideshow featured a line from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf that reads, “The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.”
Hitler is quoted 3 times in the presentation, which makes him the most quoted person in the slideshow.
The slideshow also links to a Goodreads page for Hitler.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee was quoted in a slide titled “The Thin Gray Line,” which showed a group of white officers in the department’s traditional gray uniforms. Confederate uniforms were also gray, which makes Lee’s quote on this particular slide all that more suspicious. Lee’s quote instructs the cadets that “manliness will carry you through the world much better than policy.”
Another slide features an absurd quote about how the world can live without engineers and doctors, but not without warriors.
The phrase “Über Alles” is featured in large text on the final page of the slideshow, which is a German term that means “above all” or “above everything else.” The phrase was once in the German national anthem, but has since been removed because it emphasizes national superiority, and is associated with the Nazis.
In a statement emailed to RedEye, KSP spokesperson Lieutenant Joshua Lawson admitted that the slides were real, but defended them being in the presentation, saying that they were included because of their “relevance” to law enforcement, not necessarily because of the person who said them.
“The quotes are used for their content and relevance to the topic addressed in the presentation. The presentation touches on several aspects of service, selflessness, and moral guidance. All of these topics go to the fundamentals of law enforcement such as treating everyone equally, service to the public, and being guided by the law,” the statement read.
In a followup email, Lawson clarified that the presentation was seven years old. Morgan Hall, the Communications Director for the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, which oversees the State Police, later confirmed that the presentation has not been used since 2013.
The slides were put together by now-retired Lieutenant Curt Hall, according to a deposition given by KSP Captain James Goble on October 14. Hall’s name was also on the front page of the presentation.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear responded to the report by saying: “This is absolutely unacceptable. It is further unacceptable that I just learned about this through social media. We will collect all the facts and take immediate corrective action.”
Rep. John Yarmuth, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, also expressed his disgust with the leaked presentation.
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