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Strange Diseases

The dad and four children had blue skin.
Blue Furgates

Having the chicken pox isn't some strange disease. It's just a strange name for a disease. Having vampire-like skin, being blue or hair that completely covers your face are symptoms of strange diseases. Then again, these diseases might not all be true.

Vampires

If you thought vampires only exist on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, I have news for you. There are people out there who go to great lengths to avoid the sun. If they are caught in the sun, their skin will blister. Some of them have pain and blistering as soon as the sun touches their skin. Ok, so they're not actually vampires. They don't drink blood and sleep in coffins, but they do suffer from a rare disease that has vampire-like symptoms.

Blue Skinned

If you complain about your skin color, try being blue. A large family simply known as the blue people lived in the hills around Troublesome Creek in Kentucky until the 1960s. They were the blue Fugates. Most of them lived past the age of 80, with no serious illness - just blue skin. The trait was passed on from generation to generation. This might have something to do with all the inbreeding that happened back then. People with this condition have blue, plum, indigo or almost purple skin.

Werewolf Syndrome

Growing facial hair is a sign of being a man, right? Not if you're a girl, or if the hair covers your face, neck, back and shoulders. Two year-old Abys DeJesus grew dark, hairy patches on her face. Doctors said she has a condition known as Human Werewolf Syndrome. The disease is called werewolf syndrome because people with it look like werewolves - except without the sharp teeth and claws. In Mexico, a large family of men had hair that covered their faces and upper bodies. Two brothers were even offered a part in the X-Files but they turned down the offer.

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Last week I wrote about Medical Miracles. One of the miracles wasn't true. If you guess the eyeball hanging by the optic nerve was made up, then you guessed correctly. The chances of having an eye fixed, including getting vision back, after it was hanging by the optic nerve are slim. But you never know.

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needsfriends01
But how do know vampires do not exist. if you get living prof you know vampires exist.
commented: Wed Jul 23, 2014

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how was that real?!:(
commented: Wed Jul 23, 2014

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I like peanuts
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