Why My Eyes Are Blue? (Freckles Too)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I get this question all of the time. "Ross, what color are your eyes? Why are they blue?"

I have to be honest. My allergies had me out of commission for about two days and now I'm back with a vengeance. I was so bored of sneezing, eating soup and laying on my back that I started coming up with questions. I admit that I tried to rest but I could not wait to get on my feet again and back to shooting. The Dr. Mrs. got her fill of me asking every medical question possible. Good thing is - she can actually answer them all.

At one point I was staring in the mirror thinking about how red my eyes were. Every few minutes my nose would tickle and then my eyes would water. Brandi walked in and asked a question that I get all to often, "What are you doing?" I answered, "Why are my eyes blue?"

Most people would just think about their parents, grand parents, or great grand parents and call it a day. That's what I did at first. My great grandfather, the business man, had blue eyes.


I spent the rest of the day still asking this question. I figured I would get my scientific answer once and for all. Brandi was spewing all types of genetics data that I was having issues computing. Soon I was handed my answer in the form of a well written chart. I received the recessive genes from both of my parents.


Now I can forward this blog entry to everyone that asks!

- KNIGHT
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10 comments:

Natarsha N. said...

LOL...It much more sense now or it either made me much more confused. I would have just accepted that, you get it from your daddy...lol

Dawn said...

LOL! My eyes are Green! No one in the family that I do know has Green eyes. I have not gone back into my family history as you have, and I know, just from the little that I have been told that it would be interesting. So, at least you know exactly where your Blue eyes came from! :-)

Junia said...

Isn't it wonderful how genetics works. Now if you and Dr.Brandi have a child....well it depends if Dr. Brandi is BB or Bb (Dominant). There is a 100% chance that your kids will have browns eyes, if she carries the BB dominant trait. On the other hand, there is a 50% chance that your child will have blue eyes if Dr. Brandi carries the Bb trait. I'm sorry if I sound confusing but I got a little excited to hear someone speaking my language.

-Junia

Prudence said...

Ok, that was a fun flashback to college or was it high school? Can't remember. Have you ever thought about doing to gene mapping thing? It was rated by Time as the no. 1 invention of the year. www.23andme.com. The kit is around $399.00. Might be a fun thing to add to your historical genome family research. Or, there's www.geni.com. You just got me thinking, I'm going to do both.

Deewonda said...

OK, Ross, I know you were miserable but blow your nose, step away from the computer, pick up that bowl of soup and chill. You 'gon burn a fuse with all these questions!

Next you'll be wondering... which was first the chicken or the egg? Naw, you prolly got that one down too! LMAO!

And, oh yeah, your eyes are blue 'cause that's how God made you!

Ms. Catwalq said...

I just spent the better part of my design class reading every single post on your blog...okay maybe I lied, I did not read, I went through the pictures...anyhoos, i went through every single one...

This is going to be my new camping out location and might I say that your logo is the bomb!
U just gave me an idea....

Lady HAYNES, Teka-Ann S. said...

Mendellian Genetics 099. LOL. Brings me back. Isnt is awesome to have a Health Profession as a wife? LOL

G. Paras Photography and Stuff said...

Hey Nupe...we know your eyes change color with your mood...LOL...sometimes they come out red on some cameras...ooops that red eye...

Altreisha F-N said...

I am not a geneticist but I'm itching to give another perspective to the "blue eyed" concept

Blue eyes is a rare mutation in the human genome and occurs NATURALLY in EVERY human population. Northern Europeans (where it is considered beautiful) have the highest percentage of blue eyes due to geography/ genetic drift. In African populations, where it also occurs naturally the incidence is lower because it serves as a deleterious mutation i.e. creates disadvantages in that type of climate (it may cause blindness etc).

My first thought upon seeing this pic.....was Isn't the human genome marvelous? LOLOL...I know it was a science class

Lisa Michelle said...

Yes, thank you. I have been meaning to ask you.