Wednesday, April 20, 2011


"Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead."

That is a quote from one of my heroes and favorite redhead, Lucille Ball.

For some reason, hair color is a major signifier in society. It goes like this: Blondes are dumb, Brunettes are smart and dependable, and Redheads....well, where do I begin? Redheads are much maligned in history, and I don't think it's very fair. So, from a dumb blonde, I'm going to give a shout out to all the gingers out there. This one's for you, Red!

  • According to Greek myth, redheads turn into vampires when they die. I don't know about that. But I do know that all CEO's- redhead or no- turn into vampires when they die. Fact.
  • In the 1990's, researchers isolated the gene for red hair. The gene is a recessive gene, and since most recessive genes come in pairs, many redheads are also left-handed. Another cool thing- the discovery of this gene is useful in crime scenes in narrowing down suspects.
  • Redheads require up to 20-30 percent more anesthesia during surgery. In an earlier blog, I have dubbed this phenomenon "gingervitus."
  • Red is the rarest hair color, with only 1-2% of the population having natural red hair.
  • The country with the highest percentage of redheads? Scotland. Followed by Ireland, England and America. Why is this coloring so concentrated in one place? Scientist believe that red hair and fair skin absorbs vitamin D better. In cloudy, overcast climates, this proved beneficial and redheads were able to absorb more vitamin D from the rarely seen sun.
  • Red hair doesn't grey as much as other colors. Lucky!
  • According to researcher Dr. Werner Habermehl, redheaded women have more sex than other women. I'm not sure if he did personal research for this...
  • Hitler reportedly banned the marriage of two redheads in order to prevent what he called "deviant offspring." Someone should have banned the marriage of HIS parents.
  • The sixteenth century painter, Titian, painted so many redheads that a shade of red has been named after him.
  • "Gingerphobia" is the fear of redheads. "Gingerism" is the bullying of redheads. I've got neither. I've got nothing but love for you. Well, except for Carrot Top. I'm both afraid of and want to bully Carrot Top. But not because of his hair. Because he's a shitty comedian.
  • Other than Lucille Ball, here are some famous redheads: Helen of Troy, Cleopatra (what? I didn't know that), Aphrodite, Queen Elizabeth I, Thomas Jefferson, Vincent Van Gogh, Mark Twain, James Joyce, Winston Churchill, Malcom X, Galileo, and Emily Dickinson.
I hope that you enjoyed my tribute to redheads. And if you would like a redhead tribute necklace, here you go:

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1 comment:

  1. Love this! Our younger daughter is a natural redhead. =)