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Blue-eyed men prefer blue-eyed women: researchers
Reuters ^ | 10-23-06 | Anon

Posted on 10/23/2006 9:03:42 AM PDT by Pharmboy

Blue-eyed men prefer blue-eyed women, apparently because eye color can help reveal whether their partner has been faithful, researchers said on Monday.

"Before you request a paternity test, spend a few minutes looking at your child's eye color," Bruno Laeng and colleagues at the University of Tromso in Norway said in the study.

Under the laws of genetics, two parents with blue eyes will always have blue-eyed children, it said. So a blue-eyed man can know his blue-eyed wife or partner has cheated on him if their child has brown eyes.

"Blue-eyed men may have unconsciously learned to value a physical trait that can facilitate recognition of own kin," the scientists said in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

The scientists asked 88 students to rate the attractiveness of models based on pictures manipulated so that half of them had blue eyes and the other half had brown eyes. The blue-eyed men in the group showed a preference for blue-eyed women.

But brown-eyed men, who cannot find any clues about paternity from a child's eye color, had no preferences by eye color. Women showed no preference for brown- or blue-eyed men, irrespective of their own eye color.

A quarter of children born to two brown-eyed parents who have both brown and blue-eye genes among their ancestors will have blue eyes. The rest will be brown.

In a second study, 443 young adults of both sexes were asked about the eye color of their partners -- blue-eyed men were also the group with the highest proportion of partners with the same eye color.


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KEYWORDS: fidelity; genes; hereyes; matechoice
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Skin color should also count for fidelity checks, right?
1 posted on 10/23/2006 9:03:43 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: aculeus; blam; Junior; SunkenCiv; martin_fierro

Interesting, eh?


2 posted on 10/23/2006 9:04:40 AM PDT by Pharmboy ("I have more guns than I need, but less than I want." Sen. Phil Gramm)
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To: Pharmboy
Fidelity obviates the need for paternity tests.

Or am I just being old-fashioned?
3 posted on 10/23/2006 9:06:32 AM PDT by LIConFem (Just opened a new seafood restaurant in Great Britain, called "Squid Pro Quid")
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To: Pharmboy
Me: blue-eyed
Wife: blue-eyed
3 kids: all blue-eyed
Works for me.
4 posted on 10/23/2006 9:06:42 AM PDT by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: Pharmboy

I have blue, my wife has hazel and our son has dark brown eyes.

That doesn't bother me so much.

Its the red hair and freckles that I don't understand. Neither of us has red hair or freckles.

I was talking to my neighbor the other day about it. He has red hair and freckles, so I thought that perhaps he might have some insight into the genetic transfer characteristics of those traits, but he had no idea at all.


5 posted on 10/23/2006 9:08:18 AM PDT by Paloma_55 (I may be a hateful bigot, but I still love you)
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To: Pharmboy
What this article doesn't mention is that sometimes mutations occur. A blue-eyed person may -- rare, but it does happen -- carry a gene for brown eyes that was supposed to be dominant but, because of a mutation, flipped and was trumped by the blue-eyed gene. In this case, a blue-eyed person would carry a gene for brown eyes that may show up when he has a child. Thus, a brown-eyed person may have blue-eyed parents if one (or both, theoretically) of the parents were supposed to have brown eyes.
6 posted on 10/23/2006 9:08:49 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: Pharmboy
What if you are black and your wife gives birth to a white blonde haired boy?


7 posted on 10/23/2006 9:09:10 AM PDT by Screamname (LET`S GO TIGERS!!! LET`S GO TIGERS! LET`S GO TIGERS! LET`S GO TIGERS!!!)
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To: Pharmboy

There are more eye colors than blue and brown.


8 posted on 10/23/2006 9:09:46 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Pharmboy

I prefer classy green eyed blondes


9 posted on 10/23/2006 9:10:13 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Pharmboy
A classmate of my older sister discovered she was adopted when they were studying genetics in 10th grade biology. I think it was the eye color issue that tipped her off. What a shock that would have been. However, I have also heard that it isn't a simple one gene trait.
10 posted on 10/23/2006 9:10:15 AM PDT by stayathomemom
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To: Pharmboy

When we were much younger, we used to ask our mom why two of our cousins were so dark and she said they were just born that way.

Much later on, I found out my aunt was having an affair. My poor uncle, he treated those girls as if they were his very own up until the time of his death.


11 posted on 10/23/2006 9:10:16 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '07--Go BIG BEN!!!)
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To: Screamname

Micheal Jackson is black? You coulda fooled me!


12 posted on 10/23/2006 9:11:04 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: Pharmboy
Or what if both you and your wife are white yet your wife gives birth to a kid who looks very asian and wears a wig?


13 posted on 10/23/2006 9:11:08 AM PDT by Screamname (LET`S GO TIGERS!!! LET`S GO TIGERS! LET`S GO TIGERS! LET`S GO TIGERS!!!)
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To: Bosco

And your neighbors are all brown-eyed? ;-)


14 posted on 10/23/2006 9:11:32 AM PDT by Pharmboy ("I have more guns than I need, but less than I want." Sen. Phil Gramm)
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To: Paloma_55

LMAO!


15 posted on 10/23/2006 9:12:08 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Demonrats want the Gays out of Congress.....stand back and let them purge their base.)
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To: Paloma_55

LOL


16 posted on 10/23/2006 9:12:12 AM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: Bosco

Did you hear about the very LATEST study? Blue-eyed women prefer to cheat with blue-eyed men, but brown-eyed men and women BOTH have no such preference! Coincidence?


17 posted on 10/23/2006 9:12:18 AM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: Paloma_55

It's a recessive trait, something hidden in either of your bloodlines for a long time.


18 posted on 10/23/2006 9:12:44 AM PDT by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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To: Pharmboy

Me: hazel (brownish green with gold flecks)
husband: blue gray
child #1: green
child #2: hazel (like me)
child #3: blue gray
child #4: brown
child #5: blue gray

The real fun is how often people ask if my child have different fathers even though three look just like their dad and two look like me. People can be so goofy.








19 posted on 10/23/2006 9:12:48 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy (Trust: Hard to forge. Easy to break.)
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To: pissant

ROFL!!!!!


20 posted on 10/23/2006 9:12:57 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Pharmboy

Blue eyes are also very expressive --- either cold or friendly --- because the pupil is more easily seen against the light iris.

I prefer blue eyes in people with whom I play poker.


21 posted on 10/23/2006 9:13:48 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: Screamname
What if you are black and your wife gives birth to a white blonde haired boy?


Who's black?
22 posted on 10/23/2006 9:14:09 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." (Psalm 53:1))
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To: Pharmboy
Ain't I cute?


23 posted on 10/23/2006 9:14:18 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: Bosco

This does not always hold true.

Mom & Dad both blue eyes
5 kids 3 girls all had green eyes, 2 boy both with blues eyes.


24 posted on 10/23/2006 9:14:42 AM PDT by boxerblues
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To: HungarianGypsy

Ever seen yellow eyes? Not brown or green, just really yellow.


25 posted on 10/23/2006 9:14:45 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Paloma_55

Your neighbor seems like a helpful sort.

He's been around fixing the sink in the bedroom, too, huh?

:)


26 posted on 10/23/2006 9:15:25 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: Pharmboy

Actually my OBGYN told me that two blue eyed parents have about 75% chance of having a child with blue eyes, it is not certain and science is not certain sometimes and that she has seen a child come out with different eye color than mom and dad's blue eyes and the child WAS the father's.

I have blue/gray eyes and my DH has blue eyes and we did in fact have a son with blue eyes just like his dads, but we both knew it was possible for our son to come out with different colored eyes. But our son looks just like his dad from eyes, nose, mouth, ears, body shape, it is almost like I gave birth to my DH, lol!


27 posted on 10/23/2006 9:15:33 AM PDT by Halls (Nothing is final until it is final!!)
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To: pissant

Whoa...that's a blast from the past.


28 posted on 10/23/2006 9:15:34 AM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Awwwww


29 posted on 10/23/2006 9:16:11 AM PDT by Niuhuru
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To: Screamname

Well, it is obvioous MJ's children are not his!


30 posted on 10/23/2006 9:16:29 AM PDT by Halls (Nothing is final until it is final!!)
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To: RightWhale

Only in the dialysis ward.


31 posted on 10/23/2006 9:16:29 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: Paloma_55
Neither of us has red hair or freckles.

Have you checked the mailman's haircolor and complexion?

32 posted on 10/23/2006 9:16:56 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Pharmboy

33 posted on 10/23/2006 9:17:09 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: Screamname

sorry, but Suri Cruise looks just like Tom!


34 posted on 10/23/2006 9:17:16 AM PDT by Halls (Nothing is final until it is final!!)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Yellow in the iris?


35 posted on 10/23/2006 9:17:29 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Pharmboy

Eye color is more complex than that. Blue-eyed parents occasionally do have brown-eyed children. Also, there's a separate gene for central brown color, and eye color can change as you age too.


36 posted on 10/23/2006 9:17:43 AM PDT by Styria
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To: Bosco

Is the mailman blue eyed? The milkman? The pool boy?


37 posted on 10/23/2006 9:18:14 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Pharmboy

I wonder how many men even KNOW the color of their wives eyes.


38 posted on 10/23/2006 9:18:21 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Pharmboy

I wonder how many men even KNOW the color of their wives eyes.


39 posted on 10/23/2006 9:18:21 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Pharmboy

In college I used to have really red eyes many Saturday mornings. Funny thing is that they'd turn back to brown sometime about mid day.


40 posted on 10/23/2006 9:18:35 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: hsmomx3

Sounds like the show "King of the Hill" where Dale Gribble doesn't realize that his "son" Joseph is the product of his wife's 14 year long affair.


41 posted on 10/23/2006 9:18:57 AM PDT by ReagansRaiders (Unofficial George Allen for President online store -- www.cafepress.com/georgeallen2008)
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To: Pharmboy

I have blue eyes and have been married twice. The first time to a woman with the most captivating jade green eyes and this time to a woman with deep brown(of course we are both past child rearing age). I guess I am just weird.


42 posted on 10/23/2006 9:19:12 AM PDT by redangus
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To: pissant; ArrogantBustard; July 4th
I prefer classy green eyed blondes

Used to be a host of them around here.

43 posted on 10/23/2006 9:20:07 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: MeanWestTexan

I have to confess...

I stole that scenario from an old "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in Skit".

They had Dan Rowan and his wife (both brown haired, fair skinned) with 5 red-hair, freckled, glasses wearing kids.

The neighbor, Dick Martin, had red hair, freckles, and glasses. He would always drop by and say "Fine Lookin Family Fred!" as he began the skit.


44 posted on 10/23/2006 9:20:10 AM PDT by Paloma_55 (I may be a hateful bigot, but I still love you)
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To: Pharmboy
Speaking as a blue-eyed man, I can definitely say I prefer women with blue eyes, but it has nothing to do with an ability to identify kin. Your honor, may I present Exhibit A:

I rest my case.

45 posted on 10/23/2006 9:20:20 AM PDT by Unmarked Package
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To: Paloma_55
"but he had no idea at all." best post of the day. I needed that.
46 posted on 10/23/2006 9:20:44 AM PDT by stompk
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To: Halls
No she don`t, she looks half asian like Kwai Chang Caine...Look...


47 posted on 10/23/2006 9:21:29 AM PDT by Screamname (LET`S GO TIGERS!!! LET`S GO TIGERS! LET`S GO TIGERS! LET`S GO TIGERS!!!)
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To: Hildy

I know that she has TWO of them...no doubt about that.


that goes for her eyes too!


48 posted on 10/23/2006 9:22:34 AM PDT by Paloma_55 (I may be a hateful bigot, but I still love you)
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To: pissant

You called? :)


49 posted on 10/23/2006 9:22:57 AM PDT by linda_22003
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To: RightWhale

Yes! When I was working (dental hygienist) I had a patient with yellow eyes. She was wearing a jumpsuit the same color. It's been 28 years and I still remember it.


50 posted on 10/23/2006 9:23:06 AM PDT by stayathomemom
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