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2002-12-04 06:17:32 PM  
yeah, that sounds really entertaining. farking hilarity, ensues, right?


gotta love them amish and Mennonite people ignoring technology, though - right up until it saves them. way to keep the faith
2002-12-04 06:56:43 PM  
*cough cough*TURNER SYNDROME*cough cough*

I'll just pack my bags for hell now..
2002-12-04 06:57:25 PM  
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is the correct tag here...
2002-12-04 06:57:43 PM  
"Entertaining genetic defects"? Glad you see the entertainment. Hope your kids are all congenital defect free.

Now, those disorders are interesting from a medical perspective - not the same as entertaining, though.
2002-12-04 06:58:04 PM  
This explains Tom Rizzo.
2002-12-04 06:58:31 PM  
Yeah, headline submitter. Die now.
2002-12-04 06:59:36 PM  
"Each night they must sleep under special lights to break down the bilirubin and clear it from their systems. Without the lights, they could suffer brain damage and die... Three of Amy and Derick's cousins have it; so do 16 other Amish and Old Order Mennonite children in the area."

And they're all going to Amish Hell for being dirty, dirty sinners. And inbreeders, too, but one thing at a time.
2002-12-04 06:59:48 PM  
Nature...will..find...a way
2002-12-04 07:00:20 PM  
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Hey, what's on this side?
2002-12-04 07:01:21 PM  
Inbreeding creates entertaining genetic diseases

on a related matter, what do they call the outcome of two inbreeding crooked lawyers?

answer: "Chelsea"
2002-12-04 07:02:52 PM  
"If your sister ain't good enough fer yer family, she ain't good enuf fer ours!"
2002-12-04 07:02:59 PM  
That is one BIG 3-year-old.
2002-12-04 07:03:14 PM  
explains the # of odd looking amish that used to live around my family in PA.
2002-12-04 07:03:59 PM  
This, of course, explains the British royals.
2002-12-04 07:04:28 PM  
Yeah, it's all fun and games till someone get a 1 in billion genetic disease.
2002-12-04 07:05:22 PM  
Won't you be glad when in the future, modern science can remove those defects so you can fark your sister or mum and lots o' healthy babies?

Keep it in the family, I say...
2002-12-04 07:06:35 PM  
And HAVE lots o' babies, I meant to say...

BOY, am I inbread...;)
2002-12-04 07:07:42 PM  
dammit no boobies today, i want boobies! oh wait yup thre go. god bless the internet
2002-12-04 07:08:11 PM  
jeez I meant inbred...oh nevermind...
2002-12-04 07:10:08 PM  
Remember kids - marry outside your race.
2002-12-04 07:10:11 PM  
Please farkers, get it all straight.

The Amish dont hate all technology, most simply believe that life it better and much more simple without it. They believe that things like computers and tv's are simply a spirtual distraction. LIGHTS THAT KEEP THEIR CHILDREN ALIVE ARE NOT A SPIRITUAL DISTRACTION.
2002-12-04 07:10:50 PM  
Yellow babies, polydactyl dwarf babies, and babies with very small heads. Haha the last one is my favorite.
2002-12-04 07:11:31 PM  
An obvious example is a chin that is set too far back (receding or weak ) or forward (jutting). An example of the latter condition is the famous Hapsburg chin that was passed down from generation to generation in the dynasty that dominated Europe for at least five centuries. Court artists of the time clearly (and bravely) show the inheritance of that famous royal trait in their portraiture of those all-powerful medieval rulers.
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2002-12-04 07:11:59 PM  
My god!!!

Count the fingers!!!!!

2002-12-04 07:12:26 PM  
Mennonite's don't have the same technology restraints as the Amish... or the Scientologists for that matter.
2002-12-04 07:13:25 PM  
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2002-12-04 07:14:44 PM  
Munson: Hope you don't mind, I got up a little early so I took the liberty of milking your cow for ya. Took a little while to get her warmed up, she sure is a stubborn one.
Amish Guy: We don't have a cow, we have a bull.
Munson: I'll brush my teeth.
2002-12-04 07:14:48 PM  
Two words: Corbin Kentucky. Scary Scary Scary farkers. And you only thought the chicken was geneticly deformed...
2002-12-04 07:15:49 PM  
2002-12-04 07:16:16 PM  
I always knew there was something funny about those Ahmish at Reading Terminal Market...
2002-12-04 07:20:25 PM  
I thought you looked're my cousin!

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2002-12-04 07:22:57 PM  
If you must inbreed... keep the following in mind:

Among American Caucasians, the rate of diseases which result from inheriting the same mutated gene from both of your parents (a monogenic disease) has been estimated to be about 1% of all births1. This means that there is a fairly high background of inbreeding in our population. To illustrate this, we all know that most states forbid, for public health reasons, the marriage of first cousins. The risk of having a child with a monogenic disease for first cousins can be calculated and is about 6%, for second cousins 1.6%, and third cousins 0.8%2. Thus the general population, marrying at random, has about the same "inbreeding" risk as second- to-third cousins. Another way to think of this, more familiar to genealogists, is to estimate how many ancestors we all have in common. If you have 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, etc., back x generations you have 2x grandparents. How many generations back do you have to go before you have a number of grandparents equal to the total population at the time? The population of the world 1000 years ago has been estimated at 250,000,000, and the population of Western Europe about one-tenth of that, 225 equals over 33 million, so if a generation is 20-40 years, only 25 generations ago, if there were no inbreeding, your ancestors would be every single Caucasian who has descendants. It is no exaggeration to say that it is likely that every person of Northern European descent is a descendant of Charlemagne, and assuming they had descendants who survive to this day, Joe the Baker and his wife, Kitty. Likewise, if Joe and Kitty lived 1000 years ago, and had only two kids, who each had two kids, who in turn over the centuries have had only two kids in orderly 30-year generations, the entire population today would be their descendants (actually over 8.5 billion descendants). When you average out all these effects, we all turn out to be about as similar as third cousins. This is not to say we are not all unique. We all have two copies each of about 80,000 genes, and for each one of us, probably about 20% of those genes have one copy that is "mutant" 3. Another way of looking at this is that one letter out of about 500 in our genetic code is probably a mutation, for a total of about 160,000 mutations per person4.
2002-12-04 07:23:49 PM  
MrTuffPaws: I counted the fingers... 5 not normal where you are or something...?
2002-12-04 07:25:15 PM  
Spend all your life avoiding technology and Western culture, and now ya gotta put your kids to bed under the heat lamps at Burger King... ain't that a kick?
2002-12-04 07:29:28 PM  
This headline was stolen word for word from Portal of Evil.
2002-12-04 07:30:35 PM  
Boo freakin' hoo for the Amish and Mennonites. It is entertaining and funny. I'm sorry that there are those out there who can't laugh at this. It's not like these families couldn't see it coming, this is what you get when three foot tall, 14 toed Uncle Jebediah has a kid with yellow skinned, pinhead cousin Mabel. Not a whole lot of mystey here. We should be making fun of them, yeah it's a religious choice but they also do a helluva job condemning their offspring to a live of pain and agony. Fark the Amish!
2002-12-04 07:31:27 PM  
... and that's why the Cubs wanted this guy
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2002-12-04 07:32:01 PM  
my sister is hot...I'd hit it..

2002-12-04 07:33:28 PM  
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I like the Amish quilt. Gotta pay attention!
2002-12-04 07:33:45 PM  
Far be it from me to tell people how to live their lives, but if I had one child with a genetic defect like this, I probably make a choice not to have another one. My own personal way of helping the gene pool out a little. You know? One child with something like cystic fibrosis, that's fine, having another one borders on irresponsible.
2002-12-04 07:34:56 PM  
I was wondering what the deal was with the technology, the lights thing? Satan actually saves these children? If technology is Satan, that is.

Davidv, I'm not buyin it. They don't like any modern technologies, not just those that are obvious distractions like TV. They don't like electric light, even to read the bible by at night.

I guess we won't be hearing the Amish side of it though, considering we're communicating via computer!

The hilarity ensues thing is a bit harsh though, I must say.

The level of compasion present means there aren't many Buddhists on Fark! Of course, most Middle Eastern based religions couldn't give a crap about someone who isn't in their particular sect. Protestants kill Catholics and vica versa. If you're not Baptist, your doomed, etc. Jews have Abraham's covenant so God will help them smite their enemies. Muslims, well, we all know about muslims. On and on and on.... Any religion that came out of the (un)holy land is basically screwt. They all have mutual exclusivity and a tenet from God to help them kill their enemies. Gotta love that!

No surprise really, that the Amish wouldn't elicite empathy.

Flamewar in 5...4...3...2..
2002-12-04 07:34:58 PM  
I think there might have been a touch of sarcasm in the headline. It's FARK humor. Get it.
2002-12-04 07:38:08 PM  
So, she has five fingers, I counted them like that one guy said...

But I had to count them three or four times, because they LOOK like they're more than five.

By the way, did you know that most people have more than the average number of legs?
2002-12-04 07:38:46 PM  
I echo everything Brazil said. There are a lot of places where your cousin is not only an accepted mate, but you're encouraged to marry them.

However, this degree of inbreeding is totally different- when you have 20,000 people decended from 20 people, there are bound to be problems. I just feel sorry for those kids.

As for the Mennonites, I just get sick of it when they attack me with pamphlets once a month when they demonstrate on campus. I must look like I'm swimming in sin because they're attracted to me like flies on shiat.
2002-12-04 07:39:48 PM  
When I saw the words "inbreeding" and "entertaining" my first thought was "Cool, a banjo story."
2002-12-04 07:41:08 PM  
No one's gonna take the bait? awwww... Ok ok, nevermind then.

*Microbe surrenders*

Poor kids.
2002-12-04 07:44:12 PM  
Lay off the Amish, folks. I know it's chic to diss religious nuts - heck, I do it myself ;) But these people are a great example of a deeply pious people who are still quite accepting of those who are different, and not aggressive or violent toward contemporary culture - indeed, very nonviolent in general. We need more orthodox religious people like these. Their faith is their faith and they aren't threatened by every little new thing that comes along. Ever hear of some Mennonite guy strapping on a bomb and blowing up a Circuit City? I didn't think so.
2002-12-04 07:45:40 PM  
Yeah, time to weed that garden.

Personally, I say fark em. If my kid was sick, hey it sucks, and thats the way it is.

But I wouldn't make more.

ESPECIALLY if I was married to my mom.

farking losers.
2002-12-04 07:45:57 PM  
Well, ignorance of potentially fatal genetic disorders isn't protection from said disorder.
2002-12-04 07:48:26 PM  
LIke anyone really cares for this all important game winner in Trivial Pursuit, but if you remember seeing sculptures and artifacts of Egyptian pharoahs with elongated skulls, inbreeding is the reason why.
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