Eyes Can Change Color Completely, Over Time

The experts say “eye color fully matures in infancy and remains the same for life,” although conceding that “in a small percentage of adults, eye color can naturally become either noticeably darker or lighter with age.

I beg to differ. The color of a person’s eyes can indeed change over time to more than just a lighter or darker shade of the same color.

I know that for a fact because my own eyes changed color completely over time — not once, but twice.

My father was a Louisiana Cajun of predominantly French and Irish descent. He had black eyes. My mother was of French, Dutch and Irish descent. She had blue eyes.

I had hazel eyes as a small boy, and they turned green in my teens and blue in my forties.

How about that?

Martha, the Very Last Passenger Pigeon

At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, in a large glass case, “is a rusty-brown bird, wings mottled black and gray, mounted to appear as if she’s perching on a stick.”:

Martha “was a passenger pigeon,” and “the last of her kind.”

She “died at the Cincinnati Zoological Gardens” a hundred years ago this month.

“Immediately after Martha’s body was discovered in the Cincinnati Zoo, scientists” packed her “into a 300-pound block of ice, then onto a train bound for Washington. Smithsonian officials received her three days later in “fine condition,” according to an account written by R.W. Shufeldt, the man who performed her dissection.”

Shufeldt, in an article published by the American Ornithologists’ Union, wrote: “With the final throb of that heart, still another bird became extinct for all time, the last representative of countless millions and unnumbered generations of its kind practically exterminated through man’s agency.”

The passenger pigeon was once “the most common bird in North America,” flying in flocks of “hundreds of millions, if not billions.”

Until the hunters came.

All Blue-Eyed People Have a Single Ancestor in Common

According to a Business Insider report, “New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor. This person lived more than 6,000 years ago and carried a genetic mutation that has now spread across the world.”

Hillary Clinton Might Challenge President Trump’s Win

In an interview, Monday, on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Hillary Clinton suggested “that she might challenge the legitimacy of President Trump’s victory if more evidence emerges of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.”

Clinton acknowledged that she doesn’t know of any established method for challenging Trump’s win — which would create an unprecedented situation of a defeated presidential candidate disputing an election long after it has been settled.

But she suggested the overturn this month of Kenya’s presidential election might provide a path.

“What happened in Kenya, which I’m only beginning to delve into, is that the Supreme Court there said there are so many really unanswered and problematic questions, we’re going to throw the election out and re-do it,” Clinton said.

Utah Cop Who Arrested Nurse Over Blood Draw Fired From Second Job

Talk about cause and effect:

A Utah police detective accused of assaulting and unlawfully arresting a nurse after she refused to let him take a blood sample from an unconscious patient without a warrant was fired on Tuesday from his second job as a part-time ambulance driver.

Jeff Payne was terminated from his job at Gold Cross Ambulance service over comments he made while taking nurse Alex Wubbels into custody on July 26 which were captured on his body camera, Gold Cross president Mike Moffitt told Reuters.

The comments suggested that Payne would bring transients to University of Utah Hospital, where Wubbels worked, while transporting “good” patients to another facility, Moffitt said.

Are Sad Songs Better?

Sing me a song of sadness
And sing it as blue as I feel
If a tear should appear it’s because she’s not here
Sing a sad song and sing it for me

—From Sing a Sad Song (by Merle Haggard)

Are we predisposed to prefer melancholy songs?

Could be, considering “that of the nine best-selling songs of all time, most brim with melancholy, if not sadness and despair. Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Elton John’s Candle in the Wind, Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, — to paraphrase Elton, sad songs not only say so much, they sell really, really well. But do listeners really prefer melancholy music, and if so why?”

Hard to say, but the charts do indeed suggest “we love tunes that rip our hearts out.”

Police No Longer Allowed to Interact With Nurses at Utah Hospital

After a video showing a police officer roughing up and arresting a nurse — who, following hospital protocol, refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient — went viral, sparking widespread outrage, a “Utah hospital said its nurses will no longer be allowed to interact with law enforcement agents.”

“I need to make sure this never, ever, ever happens to another one of our care providers again,” said Margaret Pearce, chief nursing officer at the University of Utah Hospital.

The decision follows the arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels after she refused to let police officers draw blood from an unconscious crash victim. The July 26 arrest was captured on body-cam video and has prompted apologies from Salt Lake City’s mayor and police.

The new hospital protocol was announced Monday by Pearce, hospital leadership and the university’s police chief during a news conference.

In future, “law enforcement officers will be directed to health supervisors ‘who are highly trained on rules and laws,’ and those interactions won’t take place in patient care areas, officials said.”