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Fake News: Making Love In The Sea Has NO Effect On The Eye Color Of Your Children

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:08:14 Z)

Can making love in the sea cause your baby to be born with blue eyes? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Spanish humor website for entertainment purposes. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published on March 20, 2019 by "There Is News" titled "Making love in the sea can make your baby be born with blue eyes" (archived here) which opened:

Some people say that having sex in the sea is one of the most enriching and wild experiences. Do it under the moon, in the water and with the reflection of the stars on the sea increases the libido of anyone, even if the water is frozen. What we did not know until now is that the sea has another great influence on us.

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Making love in the sea can make your baby be born with blue eyes

Some people say that having sex in the sea is one of the most enriching and wild experiences. Do it under the moon, in the water and with the reflection of the stars on the sea increases the libido of anyone, even if the water is frozen. What we did not know until now is that the sea has another great influence on

The story also claims the water of the ocean is blue because it "contains millions of blue molecules invisible to the human being" and that these molecules cause the eyes of a baby to become blue. It cites the non-existent "National Ocean University in Chicago" as the source of this wisdom.

Of course the eye color of a baby is determined through genetics:

Eye Color and Genetic Inheritance: Dominant -vs.- Recessive

Upon dying, a parent may leave his or her child a pecuniary inheritance. Yet, this is not the first one. Even during life, a parent provides his child with more than one genetic inheritance. One such inheritance involves eye color. Each parent contributes one eye color gene to his child.

And seawater is blue because it reflects blue light from the sun (the other colors are mostly absorbed by the atmosphere):

Why does the ocean appear blue? Isit because it reflects the color of the sky?

"The ocean looks blue because red, orange and yellow (long wavelength light) are absorbed more strongly by water than is blue (short wavelength light). So when white light from the sun enters the ocean, it is mostly the blue that gets returned. Same reason the sky is blue."

The footer of the site There Is News has a link to a "Legal Warging" (archived here) that reads:

Legal Warging

The site "There is news" (https://thereisnews.com) (hereinafter referred to as TIN) is a humor site whose purpose is entertainment.

The content of TIN is fiction and does not correspond to reality.

All references, names, brands or institutions that appear on the site are used as contextual elements, as in any novel or fiction account.

The link to this warning is also repeated after every article.

The site is the English language version of the Spanish satire site Hay Noticia, which is owned by Spanish humor website/collective La Fabrica de la Comedia S.C.

It recently changed the header of its website to include the slogan "Not Real, But So Funny":

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We wrote about thereisnews.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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