Redheads make up only 4% of the world’s population, and only 2% of the U.S. population are gifted with these gorgeous locks.
Here is a very clear-cut read on the genetics of red hair. If you can’t understand that, I can’t help you.
Now for a history lesson (hang in there, it’s not that painful!)
- In Egypt, redheaded girls were burned alive, and red hair in general was considered unlucky. (Thank goodness I didn’t exist yet).
- According to Greek myths, us redheads turn into vampires when we die. (No, I’m not proud of being part of the Cullen race).
- The first human redheads walked the earth about 50,000 years ago in Africa (really?).
- The fat of a redheaded man was an essential ingredient in poison during the 16th century (potency, man, potency!).
- Eve, according to some theologists, developed thick red locks when she was thrown out of the garden of Eden.
- During the Spanish Inquisition red hair was thought to be proof that the owner had stolen the fires of hell and must be burned alive (again, glad I wasn’t around then…).
Here are some interesting facts about my hair color:
- Redheads require more anesthesia during surgery, and are more likely to wake up during surgery or have better recollections of being in the OR.
- The perception of the color red enhances metabolism and increases heart rate and respiration.
- Redheads are more sensitive to thermal pain and less sensitive to pain from multiple modalities, such as electrical pain.
- Some self-reporting studies have shown redheads to lead more active and satisfying sex lives.
- The red hair color may decline, but the potential of red hair will stay the same. It is a recessive trait and both parents must be carriers. (So no, we’re not going extinct!)
- In Denmark, it is an honor to have a redheaded child.
- Bees are thought to sting redheads more often than people with different hair colors.
Perhaps I should read…. this book. Might be rather interesting. xD
Okay, peeps, who’s in the club? I’m shouting out to my fellow gingers here. :)