Are Redheads Going Extinct?
Gingers have no soul... how many times did you hear that as a kid? Come to think of it I've heard it from intoxicated adults just as much. By the way my friends Ryley and Ariah who are a couple that both have red hair have amazing souls so let's put that myth to rest immediately. Not too long ago I heard that people with red hair are going to be extinct as soon as 2060. If this is the case we must celebrate them everyday and since Thursday November 5th is National love your red hair day I thought I would share some interesting facts about redheads compliments of ktvb.
- Less than 2% of the world's population has red hair. The highest concentration of redheads is in Scotland (13%), followed by Ireland (10%). From 2010-2016, the Irish Redhead Convention brought thousands of redheads together each summer to celebrate. The festival included competitions for the longest hair and longest beards, along with crowning a redhead king and queen.
- Having red hair and blue eyes is the rarest hair/eye color combination possible. The odds of a person having both of those recessive traits is around 0.17%. Instead, most redheads have brown, hazel or green eyes, according to Medical Daily.
- Researchers believe redheads are more sensitive to pain because of a mutation in a gene (MC1R) that affects hair color. A 2004 study showed that redheads, on average, need about 20% more general anesthesia than people with dark hair or blonde color.
- A lot of redheads also wind up being left-handed! Researchers believe one explanation is that both of those characteristics are recessive traits and those often come in pairs.
- Redheads are less likely to go grey. The pigment in red hair typically fades over time from red to blonde and white, but not grey.