12 Facts About Blue Eyes You Don't Know

12 Facts About Blue Eyes You Don't Know

We are more than just a pretty iris

What is it about blue eyes that we love? Is it their rarity? Their range of hues? Are they symbolic of something from our past? What makes us go for those baby blues? One thing someone is bound to mention within a short time of meeting me is something about my eye color. Being the inquisitive person I am, I decided to start researching why we tend to like blue eyes so much. As I read through more and more articles, I began to learn more about the history and biology about blue eyes. I don't know if I will be able to answer why we like them so much, but I definitely think these facts make them much more interesting.

1. Only 8 percent of the world's population has blue eyes.

Some countries have a majority of blue eyes, but that is misleading. The most dominant eye color in the world is brown at 55 percent.

2. There is no blue pigment in blue irises.

The blue coloring is actually due to the iris having a colorless stroma and no excess collagen deposits. This results is the Tyndall effect, making your eyes look blue the same way the sky looks blue even though it really is not, due to Rayleigh scattering.

3. The shade of blue is dependent on mineral deposits and light.

The Tyndall effect relies on light scattering and proteins and minerals found in your eye can effect how much of it is scattered.

4. Blue-eyed people are more sensitive to light.

Blue-eyed people lack melanin in their irises, which is used to shield the eye from intensive light, like the sun or fluorescent lighting. Our eyes might be wide open for the family picture, but once it is taken, we go straight back to squinting.

5. Blue eyes allow for better night vision.

Similarly to being sensitive to daylight, the lack of melanin allows more light to enter our eyes at night, giving us a light advantage at stumbling our way to bed.

6. Blue eyes were the result of a mutation.

Originally, humans were all brown-eyed. Then someone in the Black Sea region from 6,000 to10,000 years ago had a genetic accident at conception that resulted in his eyes being blue. The mutation carried on as several other also had mutations after the Ice Age.

7. The OCA2 gene is responsible for blue eyes.

Also known as oculocutaneous albinism II, this gene is responsible for producing melanosomal transmembrane protein, or the P protein. It is located on chromosome 15. When it is repressed, the person gets blue or green eyes.

8. We don't know what exactly the P protein does.

We do know it is needed for normal pigmentation, but we are not sure how. The best guess is that it is responsible for producing melanin. Strange, how something as simple as eye color isn't completely understood yet.

9. Blue eyes are not controlled by a single recessive gene.

It is a common mistake that people think that blue eyes are recessive. They are really affected by multiple genes that can determine the shade or even make it another color, like green.

10. They were used as a fidelity test.

Many people used to believe that blue-eyed people could only have blue-eyed children, so a baby's eyes were sometimes used as a test to see if a spouse had cheated. It took a little while for science to clear this up.

11. We are more likely to have red eyes in photos.

This is most prevalent when flash is used. More light enters our eyes and our retinas cannot constrict fast enough to prevent it from bouncing back, resulting in the red eye. The red eye function on cameras let out several flashes to help our retinas constrict.

12. Blue-eyed people are better at long-term and strategic thinking.

OK, so the research is still out on this, but there is some evidence linking our big blue eyes to these cognitive bonuses. Obviously, it is still disputed in the biology and psychology communities.

So, did you learn something new? Has your curiosity been piqued? Maybe next time you look at someone's blue eyes you will think a little more than just, "Aren't they pretty." If you have blue eyes, you might find yourself taking a closer look in the mirror at your optical sapphires.

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13 Thoughts A Mixed-Girl Has Before Getting A Haircut

A hair-raising journey.

I have a haircut this Friday. This is a statement which to most would appear to be innocuous. Run of the mill. Completely mundane.

However, coming from the perspective of a person about to finish her undergraduate collegiate work who hasn't had a professional haircut since her junior year in high school, going in for a haircut is not an ordinary occurrence.

As a person on mixed-race who has always had very curly hair, it can be pretty surprising to hear that I’ve never been quite comfortable with it. Anyways, here are some of the thoughts I’ve been thinking as my appointment with Doom steadily approaches.

1. Is this really necessary?

Why suffer through the public humiliation of walking around when I could just go back to having my mom cut my hair?

2. Is it too late to cancel?

It’s not like there’s a fee right? But you shouldn’t. You really shouldn’t.

3. Shrinkage sucks.

End of story.

4. Is shaving my head an option?

Yes. But not for me. Back to the drawing board.

5. People do this all the time.

This is a normal thing. Don’t let your hair keep breaking off at your shoulders. Take care of yourself.

6. Some people enjoy having their hair cut.

Why can’t I be some people?

7. Do I look good in hats?

Wearing hats can be my new lifestyle if necessary, right?

8. Is it really too late to cancel?

Yes. Yes, it is. Please stop considering this.

9. It will grow back.

… Eventually.

10. Hair-y Styles

Because my brain processes trauma with puns.

11. It’s okay if you cry.

But this time, just try not to do it in the bathroom halfway through your appointment. You’re a grown up now, you can wait until you get home.

12. I wonder how long it’s going to take this time.

Because it takes a real long time to cut curly hair.

13. Everything is going to be just fine.

This is the one I’m trying to let outweigh all the other jumbled, nervous thoughts I have running around in my head because a good or bad haircut doesn’t determine who you are.

Obviously, I cannot speak to the experience of all mixed women. There are certainly those who have found hairstylists and cuts that they are completely comfortable with. These are just some of the thoughts and questions that will continue to haunt me until this Friday. Maybe one day I will finally understand what it’s like to look forward to the exhilarating change that accompanies a fresh cut. But seeing as that day is not today, here’s to hoping I won’t be wearing hats for the next few weeks.

Cover Image Credit: Vanessa Hinton

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Rundown Of The Runway Week 3

The metropolis of all metropoles: Milan Fashion Week is here.

Hate to see London Fashion Week go, but I’m loving watching it leave because that means Milan Fashion Week is up next.

New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week have set the bar high, and I’m highly anticipating all the runway looks that Milan and its shows will be serving.

This year, MFW will be held from February 20th to the 26th. And as mentioned before in my previous two articles (Rundown of the Runway and Rundown of the Runway Week 2), I’m giving you the who’s who and what’s what that are to come this week. But to find out more details and other scheduled events, visit Fashion Week Online.

Milan will Start off slow and steady with only two events:

Tuesday, February 20th

Emerging Talents @ 5 PM

This is a special and honorable moment for the designers involved. As insinuated from the title, new and emerging talented designers will be presenting their hard work from 5 PM to 10 PM on Tuesday. These creators and innovators have been curated carefully and have been selected as the best up-and-comers of 2018. In the show, these designers will be introduced to international and Italian professionals to expand their fashion networks and grow their brand recognition.

Moncler @ 7:30 PM

Wednesday, February 21st

Lucio Vanotti @ 10:15 AM

Gucci @ 3 PM

Alberta Ferretti @ 5 PM

N°21 @ 6 PM

Moschino @ 8 PM

Thursday, February 22nd

Max Mara @ 9:30 AM

Genny @ 10:30 AM

Fendi @ 12:30 PM

Les Copains @ 1:15 PM

Vivetta @ 4 PM

Angela Chen @ 7 PM

Prada @ 8 PM

Friday, February 23rd

Blumarine @ 10:30 AM

Antonio Marras @ 11:30 AM

Sportsmax @ 12:30 PM

Etro @ 2 PM

Roberto Cavalli @ 3 PM

Marco De Vincenzo @ 5 PM

Vionnet @ 7 PM

Versace @ 8 PM

Exalt Presents: Gerda Truubon Milan

This is a special showing of London-based designer Gerda Truubon’s seasonal collection. She specializes in ladies’ wear and luxurious silhouettes and styles. Just like in London, her theme for the showing is “fashion in exaltation”, just a different location and audience. And if you’re some reason in Milan this week for Fashion Week, or just there living your best life, this show is also open to the public with ticket purchase. Buy yours now!

Saturday, February 24th

Salvatore Ferragamo @ 9:30 AM

Giorgio Armani @ 10:30 AM

Francesca Liberatore @ 12:30 PM

Missoni @ 5 PM

Sira Milano @ 5 PM

Jil Sander @ 6 PM

Sunday, February 25th

Piccione Piccione @ 9:30 AM

Marni @ 10:30 AM

Emporio Armani @ 11:30 AM

Msgm @ 3 PM

Trussardi @ 4 PM

Tommy Hilfiger @ 7 PM

Monday, February 26th

Assegnato @ 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM

JZ (JUZUI) 2018 F/W collection show by An Zheng Fashion Group @ 6 PM

Monday will forever be the worst day of the week, seeing as Milan Fashion Show will end on that day, but no worries, because come Tuesday, Paris Fashion Week will start. So until then, arrivederci!

Cover Image Credit: Kylie Homes

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