Eyes are the windows to the soul, poets tell us, and it seems that science agrees. A study at Orebro University in Sweden found that you don't have to look deeply into somebody's eyes to find out about them — it's right there on the surface. According to their research, you can actually tell a lot about people by the color of their eyes. More specifically, different patterns in the iris suggest warmth, impulsiveness, or gullibility, and those patterns also build the color in our eyes. The research team compared the personality traits of 428 people with their eye colors to see how well they matched up. The researchers attributed the phenomenon to genes: the genes responsible for how the iris develops also help to build the frontal lobe of the brain, which plays a role in personality.
So, what does your eye color actually say about you?
Blue eyes indicate strength, both in terms of muscles and emotions. While others might think that people with soft blue eyes are weak or timid, they in fact sport surprising power. Blue-eyed women are believed to weather anxiety and depression better, and seem to experience less pain in childbirth.
The most common eye color is associated with agreeability and leadership. Maybe it's the serious look from darker eyes, but people often want to follow someone with brown eyes.
Competent and calm, green eyes are associated with performance under pressure and creativity. Better still, people with green eyes are often considered alluring and mysterious, and maybe even sexy.
Such an uncommon shade for eyes seems to lead many to believe having hazel eyes makes them special. They're prone to impulsiveness and spontaneity, they're independent and unpredictable - in short, they're full of surprises.
The rarest shade of eyes is also the most difficult to get to know. It's really a lighter shade of blue, and it indicates reason and balance, with a hint of wildness. People with gray eyes can throw up defenses and make you work to get to know them, but it's usually worth it.
This haunting portrait of the seventh Vice President of the United States accurately depicts the body language and cold manner of a man who spent his political career advocating for slavery, which he believed to be a positive good. After his death in 1850, Calhoun's friends dug up and hid his tomb in fear that his grave would be ransacked. His body remained in an unmarked grave for nearly 21 years.
2. Schutzstaffel Officer Initiation
A chilling image, this photo was taken in 1938 at the initiation ceremony of what looks to be several hundred of Adolf Hitler's Schutzstaffel officers. The duties of these officers consisted of everything from protecting Hitler himself to organizing and running the concentration and death camps.
3. Smoke curing a human corpse.
The Hamatsa were a secret society among the Kwakwaka’wakw people of the Pacific Northwest who practiced "cannibalistic" rituals. In order to become a member of this secret society, one would have to go through several ritualistic challenges — one of which may have included eating a human corpse, though experts disagree about the prevalence of such acts.
4. Horatio Gordon Robley
British army officer Horatio Gordon Robley was one of the most famous collectors of mokomokai — the preserved heads of the indigenous people of New Zealand. The Māori, as they were called, would tattoo the faces of their highly ranked members. After death, their heads would be preserved by removing the brains and eyes before boiling them and treating them with shark oil.
5. William McKinley
This photo was taken mere moments before the 25th President of the United States was shot twice in the abdomen by Leon Czolgosz. Though he didn't die immediately, this was perhaps the last peaceful moment of McKinley's life.
6. Postmortem family portrait.
Upon first glance this portrait may seem average, but further research shows that it's anything but that. The baby in this photo is in fact deceased, as this is an example of the Victorian trend of post-mortem photography. The baby's eyes are thus painted on.
7. A victim of the 1970s Soviet penal system.
It is not uncommon for convicted prisoners to tattoo themselves while serving their sentence; however, in 1970s Russia, many prisoners' tattoos represented more than just a story. In the Soviet penal system of the 1970s, many Russian prisoners were exposed to AIDS, syphilis and tetanus while being tattooed. This is one of those prisoners.
8. This member of The National Leprosarium.
Throughout the 19th century, leprosy continued to be a huge problem in the United States and especially in Louisiana. Because of the lack of knowledge surrounding the disease, the government eventually created a law forcing lepers to be quarantined in their own colony, which was eventually named The National Leprosarium.
9. Two engineers hug atop a fiery wind turbine.
It is somewhat difficult to see upon first glance, but upon further inspection you will notice the tragic sight of two young engineers hugging before their untimely deaths. This horrible accident occurred in Ooltgensplaat, Holland. Of the four engineers working on the turbine, two were able to escape. The other two can be seen hugging here.
10. Ann Hodges
This nasty looking bruise on Ann Hodges' body could have in fact been fatal. History's only known meteorite victim, Ann Hodges was simply napping when a fragment of this fast-moving black rock bounced off her radio and hit her right in the thigh. Though she survived the hit, Ann's husband believes that the media frenzy that followed the incident ultimately led to his wife's nervous breakdown.