Did You Know?

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. :)


Sources include:
Cool Facts about Carrot Tops
The Candy Corn Chronicle
Red Hair Facts
League of Redheads

3 comments on “Did You Know?

  1. Nicole says:

    dang, that’s crazy! I didn’t know all of this!

  2. Nicole says:

    p.s. I like your new blog background

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