6/16/2007

S(pr)ay What?

Small, tight-knit communities such as the Mennonites can have problems with genetic deficiencies, because of long-term inbreeding. It's called the founder effect. Apparently, the Amish ended up with a high incidence of extra toes and fingers. And if you think blue skin is too bizarre to be real, then read this.

I read in a book the other day that this is why Mennonites buy sperm from people outside of their communities.

Uh, really? This is the closest information I found... sketchy at best, but fascinating. There's also a lively message board discussion at Snopes. I need to research this more.

3 comments:

Emma said...

cousin jeff needs to read this. i remember trying to explain the extra digit to him & other cousins on m&d's back porch one family party many years ago & everyone thought i was crazy. never trust the anthropology major bwa-ha-ha.

robert severson said...

I was readin' about Argyria a few months ago...I think the most extreme (and more interesting) case is not of that Libertarian Senator wannabe from Montana, but of this woman.

Crazy.

Drew said...

that picture is crazy- i'd never seen pics of argyria. also, emily i'll fix jeff for you haha