Stories tagged blue

Dec
23
2007

A blue sculpture of a man: or a sculpture of a blue man?
A blue sculpture of a man: or a sculpture of a blue man?Courtesy rbrwr
Oh, the things we learn from local news stations’ websites. Take this story, for example, brought to you by the hard-hitting news team of KVAL 13 out of Eugene, Oregon.

Due to their reported inability to be nice to him, Oregon is losing one of the world’s very few blue people to California. Typical – California gets everything (I’m thinking of the Wu-Tang Clan and Pauly Shore here). The blue man, one Paul Karason, is heading south in search of greener pastures, and he’s taking his condition with him.

The condition, known as argyria, is awfully rare, although not unheard of. Argyria is generally the result of ingesting too much colloidal silver (nano-sized particles of silver in liquid suspension). Colloidal silver is marketed as a dietary supplement, and many people (including Karason) believe it to be a sort of cure-all. Whenever your dealing with nano-sized particles, however, things are bound to get a little unusual, and colloidal silver’s actual ability to do any curing is perhaps debatable, although if turning your skin gray-blue is something you’re into, it may be the way to go. As silver particles deposit in the skin, as the internet has explained it to me, they begin to darken with exposure to sunlight (as in a silver emulsion photograph), resulting, in some people, in skin tones ranging from ashy to smurf. It doesn’t seem that there are any other significant health effects from colloidal silver consumption, although this site points out that silver is toxic (carcinogenic, in fact), and doesn’t actually play any role in the human body, and wikipedia mentions, as an aside, that extreme colloidal silver overdoses can lead to, ah, penile atrophy. I don’t know why this was an aside – it should have been the focus of the article.

It’s all certainly something to consider, isn’t it? Just last night I tried Goldschlager for the first time, hoping that it might turn me into a shining, golden man. And it did, in a way, but mostly it just turned my mouth kind of cinnamony, and my stomach kind of sour. That’s probably for the best, I suppose, because I’m not sure Minnesota could deal with a gold man any better than Oregon could deal with a blue one, and I’m not ready to move to California yet.

Jul
19
2007

No, he's not dead, he's restin'! Remarkable bird, the Brazilian blue. Beautiful plumage!: Photo by gnakcgnackgnack at Flickr.com
No, he's not dead, he's restin'! Remarkable bird, the Brazilian blue. Beautiful plumage!: Photo by gnakcgnackgnack at Flickr.com

Chalk up another victory for environmental protection. Lear’s Macaw, a brilliant blue parrot native to Brazil, is coming back from the brink of extinction. Ten years ago, a survey found only 70 birds in the wild. A June count by the American Bird Conservancy found 751.

The bird is still endangered by hunting and illegal pet trade. But protecting its habitat in northeastern Brazil has helped bring the bird back.

Oh, and before I forget: Season 1, episode 8.