finally we get a day!

Me and my three sisters--we're gingers!

It's the first ever "National Love Your Red Hair Day!"

The holiday was started by two redheaded sisters who wanted to help other gingers embrace and love their fiery locks.

To help celebrate, here are 9 fun facts about redheads:

  1. The highest concentration of Redheads is in Scotland (13%) followed by Ireland (10%). Worldwide, only 2% of the population has red hair.
  2. People with red hair are likely more sensitive to pain. This is because the gene mutation (MC1R) that causes red hair is on the same gene linked to pain receptors. It also means redheads usually need more anesthesia for dental and medical procedures.
  3. Having red hair isn't the only thing that makes some redheads unique. They are also more likely to be left handed. Both characteristics come from recessive genes, which like to come in pairs.
  4. Redheads probably won't go grey. That's because the pigment just fades over time. So they will probably go blonde and even white, but not grey.
  5. Rumor says Hitler banned marriage between redheads. Apparently he thought it would lead to "deviant offspring."
  6. Redheads most commonly have brown eyes. The least common eye color: blue.
  7. Bees have been proven to be more attracted to redheads.
  8. Being a redheaded man may have health benefits. A study published by the British Journal of Cancer suggested that men with red hair are 54% less likely to develop prostate cancer than their brown and blonde-haired counterparts.
  9. Redheads actually have less hair than most other people. On average they only have 90,000 strands of hair while blonds, for example, have 140,000. However, red hair is typically thicker so they it still looks just as full.
Article source: http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/2015/11/05/thursday-redhead-day-9-fun-facts-red-hair/75255498/


Paula said...

My dear Richard was a ginger!!

Cat. said...

How fun was this!? My red-headed son, however, has unusual teal/turquoise/gray eyes. His parents both have hazel eyes, so we're very confused about where that came from.

Good to know his cancer risk is lower... :)

Thanks for this. Fun.

Unknown said...

I didn't know any of that. Thanks for giving me a reason to check off my "learn something new today" box.