It’s estimated that approximately 8% of the world’s population has blue eyes.

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http://www.peimag.com/15-characteristics-of-people-with-blue-eyes/

Researchers in Denmark concluded that every blue-eyed person in the world right now is related in one way or another. They say that blue eyes are a result of a mutation that took place at some point during the last 10,000 years. Before that, a majority of all people had brown eyes whereas only a few displayed light colored eyes.

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According to a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, light-eyed women handle pain better than women with dark eyes. Unfortunately, nobody really knows why this is or how this applies to men with similar eye color. As a matter of fact, there is quite an urban legend associated with the fact that women with blue eyes go through childbirth much better than women with dark eyes.

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People with blue eyes are known to be more attractive on average, but they are also more hesitant than people with differently colored eyes. People with hazel eyes, for example, are known for taking initiative more, while also being more impulsive by nature. Blue-eyed people, on the other hand, have time after time displayed a hesitant nature, which interestingly enough, is believed to be a result of how rare they are in society.

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According to a recent study that involved more than 12 thousand Americans, it was revealed that people with blue eyes are more likely to be alcoholics. Many of them have also shown signs of suffering from at least one psychiatric illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorders.

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I have blue eyes. I don’t drink and I don’t suffer from bipolar or schizophrenia. As to whether I handle pain better than people with different colored eyes, I just find that hard to believe — especially after the 36 hours it took to bring my son into the world, which I assure you, was pretty damn painful. But I do believe that if you have blue eyes, our ancestors are probably related. Hello, cousin. 🙂

12 thoughts on “Baby’s Got Blue Eyes

  1. LAST post I’ll read before I *finally* toodle off to bed, shortly before dawn. This post was fascinating.

    I have dark hair and brown eyes, as did one brother and my Dad. My mom was a redhead with gray/blue hazel eyes. My sister was a blue-eyed blonde, and two brothers were blue-eyed towheads as little kids until their hair went kind of sandy colored.

    Hmmmm . . . what does THAT mean, statistically? (really no kidding, I promise there was no milkman in the mix).
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
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      • Parents (combined) have a Welsh/ Irish/Dutch/English genetic background – fairly WASP-y, and no Scandinavian to my knowledge.

        I yearned for green eyes my entire life – but preferred the more dramatic look of my dark-dark hair with my light-light skin to my sister’s blue-eyed blonde and tanned good looks.

        She always secretly believed she had the blonde advantage.

        My parents did a good job with “appreciate what God gave you” self-esteem, yes?

        xx, mgh

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  2. Red heads don’t respond well to anesthesia or pain meds the same as others. Meaning, it either doesn’t work, a much higher dose is required or there are weird reactions. I have red in my hair and have never responded to anesthesia. I require two or three doses before in numb. My dad has red in his and he just doesn’t even bother with meds when having a dental procedure! Genetics is fascinating!!

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  3. Blue eyes are an autosomal recessive trait, which means that unless a person inherits a blue eye gene from each parent, they will still have brown eyes. Let’s look:

    My parents both had brown eyes, but both of my grandfathers had blue eyes. I came out with blue (mood ring blue hazel!) eyes. Therefore, both of my parents were “blue eye carriers.”

    The genetic cross chart for blue eyes looks like this, where B stands for Brown and b stands for Blue. Since I have blue eyes, each of my parents had to have had a B and a b (they had brown eyes, B, and B is dominant meaning that if both B and b are present only B is expressed.) Remember, blue eyes are only expressed if a person has two “b” genes. That’s why it’s called a “recessive trait.”

    So here is the chart for my parents, each of whom was Bb for eye color, and therefore had brown eyes:
    Bb x Bb independently assort thus, in classical Mendelian genetics:
    BB= Brown eyes, homozygous, offspring will always have brown or hazel eyes
    Bb= heterozygous, blue eye carrier
    bb= blue eyes, offspring will either be blue carrier or blue depending on the mating

    OK I already know I’m a geek. You started it.

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  4. I have blue eyes. Hello cousins

    My dad had blue eyes, and my mom, brown.

    Both of my kids had some sort of grayish-bluish eyes at birth but later on they turned brown (the eyes)

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