Though I am Occasionally Crazy, I am Not Insane.

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Anonymous asked: On the matter of Kurt not being purple: there's also the genetic aspect of it. I don't pretend to be an expert in genetics, especially not mutant genetics, but I have taken classes in it and I think the idea that Kurt should be purple implies that whatever allele controls the color of his fur is codominant. As far as we know, it could just be that blue fur (or skin in Raven's case) is the dominant trait here, and therefore overshadows Azazel's red, like the way brunette hair trumps blonde hair.

Well, my post was supposed to be the actual reason he’s not purple, but that’s pretty much the same excuse I use in fanfics and rp and whatnot! Blue does seem to be pretty popular, though. All of Kurt’s AU kids are blue (Nocturne, Blue, Salamander, the male TJ, and Cerise),

Also, if the Draco is to be taken into consideration, some of Azazel’s “people” or whatever are blue, hence why Abyss ended up blue for that arc. It could just be that Azazel’s got the recessive gene.

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For all of the people who are wondering why Nightcrawler isn’t purple, here’s the reason why:

Nightcrawler was created before either Mystique or Azazel. He first appeared with the X-Men in 1975. Mystique first appeared in 1978 in Ms. Marvel. When Marvel decided they wanted to announce the elf’s father, the original idea was to have Mystique be his father and Destiny his mother. That didn’t go over well, so Azazel was created as a plan B. He debuted in 2003 in an X-Man comic.

So, Kurt is not purple because he was blue before his parents had not even been thought of. For awhile, it has been decided that he was simply the unwanted child of two normal people, or at least that’s what the books hint at until the whole thing with Mystique happened.

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A tour of the British Isles in accents: for those who would be tempted to mention “A British accent” and leave it at that.

…Smart to remember, too, that all these regions will have microregional variants. The Dublin accent referenced here, for example, is only one of at least five or six that I can identify, and I bet there are a lot more I’ve never heard or can’t tell from one another. Ditto for other regions in Ireland. The “Irish accent” as normally heard in US TV and film until quite recently has never been much more than an overstated, artficial “Dublin Stage” accent.

Equally, what most people in the US think of as “the British accent” beloved of movie villains everywhere is usually the so-called Received Pronunciation or RP, a kind of by-blow of the BBC’s refusal for a long time to allow its announcers to use anything but an approved version of the Home Counties “posh” accent. (This dialectic “glass wall” has finally started cracking in the last decade.)

This is … fantastic reference.

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