I Am A Red-head


Me, trying out a Snooki do

I found this information floating around the internet. I thought some of the "facts" were neat; however, I have no idea how much, if any, of these statements are true.

Red hair is a genetic mutation.

Red hair is seen on the heads of only 4% of the world's population. Most of these people are located in the
UK, Ireland and Australia.

In the
US, only 2% of people have red hair.

Redheads have a specific gene called the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), found on the 16th chromosome. This single gene is responsible for red hair. This wasn't discovered until the late 1990's.

Redheads sometimes require up to 20% more anesthesia than people with other hair colors.

Bees are thought to sting redheads more than others.

In ancient
Egypt, red hair was seen as so unlucky, red-haired girls were burned alive.

In medieval
Europe, the infamous witch-hunting manual, Malleus Maleficarum, instructed that red hair and green eyes were marks of a witch, as were freckles, which redheads tend to have aplenty.

Redheads tend to bleed more, due to slightly different clotting factors, which again is a genetic factor.

Redheads bruise more easily than people with different colored hair.

Common Redhead stereotypes are: bad temper, sexual fire, untrustworthy, being smart, and eccentric.

In
Denmark, it is a high honor to have a redheaded child.

The redheaded gene is recessive, so red hair can show up many generations later. It takes both parents carrying the specific gene to produce a redheaded child.

Because of the rare pigment in the hair, it is often more difficult to dye red hair and usually takes longer.

It is said that, while in
Poland, if you pass three red-heads you'll win the state lottery.

If a man with dark hair has a red-headed beard (such as Daniel), he is more likely to carry at least one different copy of the red haired gene.

There is a belief that redheads are prone to industrial deafness. This actually could be true as the melanocytes are found in the middle ear.

In the late 16th century, the fat of a redheaded man was an essential ingredient for poison.

There have been studies done to confirm whether or not redheads are more prone to become addicts than those with blond or brunette colored locks. It is thought to be so.

Red haired/blue eyed combinations are said to be one of the rarest combinations. It is usually more common to see a redhead with brown or green eyes than with blue.

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