Friday, 4 March 2011

If you were treated like that you'd also be pissed

Professor Jonathan  Rees conducted a  study of redheads at Edinburgh University. He identified  the “gene for red hair” the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R),  found on the 16th chromosome. He found that this single gene  was responsible for red hair.
Red hair is a  genetic mutation.
Red hair is seen  on the heads of only  four percent of people. Most of these exist in the U.K., the  Republic of Ireland, and Australia.
The highest percentage of  natural redheads in the world is in Scotland (13%), followed  closely by Ireland with 10%. In the US, about 2% of the  population are natural redheads.
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.
The color Green tempers red.  Look at a color chart. This is why redheads are taught as  children to wear lots of green. As if red hair is a shameful  state of being.
In the early  1600’s, at the end of the  reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the belief of pixies (aka  fairies) emerged in southwest England. They were then and  have since been strongly associated with red hair for their  mischievousness and otherworldly talents.
A 2002 study found  that redheads are  harder to sedate than any other people requiring 20% more anesthesia. Inadequate doses cause people to  wake up during surgery and have increased recall of  procedures. (I can vouch that study is accurate)
Adults have about  120,000 hairs on  their head; redheads have fewer, blondes have more,  brunettes have the most.
Harvard  Dermatologist Madhu Pathak  calls redheads “three-time losers” because their red pigment  is an inadequate filter of sunlight and their skin is more  susceptible to sunburn, skin cancer and wrinkling with age.
Red headedness is,  genetically  speaking, a recessive trait. It may appear after several  generations of darker hair.
Redheads don’t  turn grey. Red hair  turned sandy, then white. They are also found to loose their  color later in life than people carrying other hair colors.
The perception of the color  red, scientifically speaking, enhances the viewers  metabolism and increases heart rate and respiration.
The  first human redheads walked  this earth about 50,000 years ago in Africa and then spread  throughout Northern Europe.
The country name of Russia  means “land of reds” in honor of a redheaded Viking by the  name of Rurik.
Red-haired Clowns have their  origins in Russia.
From the 1930’s to 1950;s in  Cassville, Missouri, there existed a women’s basketball team  called “The Redheads.”  For a while they became the talk of  the country and a much sought after exhibition team compared  to the Harlem Globe trotters. It is important to note that  they were not natural red heads, at least not all of them.
In  the late 16th century, the fat of a redheaded man was an essential  ingredient for poison.
Adams  first wife Lilith, always  depicted as a redhead, is known to have refused to lie  beneath Adam during sexual intercourse, and stated” why  should I lie beneath you when I am your equal since both of  us were created from dust” –Patai
At  St. Paul’s cathedral in London,  figurines tell the story of the fall in the Garden of Eden.  Adam points one hand to the forbidden fruit and the other to  a golden haired Eve. Then the arch angel drives them from  the garden. Adam with his fig leaf loops his arm around Eve  who is now cowering and sporting a main of long red hair.
Similarly  in the paintings of the  Sistine Chapel in 1874, Michelangelo’s Temptation depicts a  brown haired Eve being handed a red apple by a red headed  bare breasted serpent woman (Satan manifested as woman of  course carries red hair). In the adjacent fresco Eve is  thrown out of the garden with a shameful face and a twist of  red hair.
Eves’  red hair is seen as the stain  of sin like the original scarlet letter. Later her son,  Cain, will bare the red hair and also a fall from grace.
The  first redheaded British monarch  was a woman. Boudicca was a Celtic warrior was led her  people, the Icenti, against the Romans in the C.E. 60’s.
Belief  that redheads are witches is  a folk belief in Germanic culture. From 1483-1784 thousands  of suspected witches were nearly always stripped and  searched for “marks of the devil”. These included any  “abnormality” such as freckles, moles, warts, and  birthmarks. Red hair was certainly considered an  abnormality. Considering the freckle factor for redheads  this was a deadly and shocking horror. Somewhere around  45,000 women were tortured and murdered usually by burning  at the stake or by drowning.
The  Egyptians regarded the color as  so unlucky that they had a ceremony in which they burned  red-headed maidens alive to wipe out the tint-  Claudie De  Lys.
British  Press recently reported  that that the MC1R (redhead gene) will be used in DNA  testing to rule out, or in, if suspected killers in crime  scenes are redheads. This will narrow a search if the gene  is found to a small percentage of perpetrators. The hope is  that next skin color and physical features will be  detectable.-Marion Roach
In  central Africa’s Cameroon  redheaded albinos, called Nguenguerous, are believed also to  come by this color by menstrual intercourse. The UN and  other world organizations have studied and advocated for  their rights as there have been allegations of the ritual  murders in some regions of Africa.
Archaeological  digs in the Chinese  desert of Takla Makan found mummified redheads dating back  3,000 years.
An  Irish judge in 2001 fined a man  for disorderly conduct stating “I am a firm believer that  hair coloring has an effect on temper and your coloring  suggests you have a temper.”
Redheads  have always been thought  untrustworthy. Judas is most always depicted as a redhead  displaying the prejudice against red hair.
The  Romans kept red haired slaves,  and at a higher price.
Adolph  Hitler reportedly banned the  marriages of two redheads as he feared their children would  be “deviant offspring”.
“Ill  beat you like a redheaded  stepchild”. This phrase was born out of the American south  and implies the status of illegitimate offspring with a  white master.
At  some point in history, Brahmins  were forbidden to marry redheads.
In  France, to be redheaded is  thought to be a fate so dire that some women have formed a  “Proud to be Red” association.
Red  haired children have been  historically branded as offspring of “unclean” sex. This has  earned them taunts such as “red-knob” or “tampon tops.”
The  Bible states in I Corinthians  11:15 that a woman’s long hair is a glory to her because it  can be used as a covering. Yet in Song of Solomon 4:1 it  states that it is an object that invites desire. I guess  there is no loosing.
Bees are thought to sting  redheads more than others.
In Denmark it is an honor to  have a redheaded child.
In Corsica, if you pass a  redhead in the street you are to spit and turn around.
In Poland, if you pass three  red-heads you’ll win the state lottery – Sylvia Stevez
In Greek Mythology, redheads  turn into vampires when they die.
During the Spanish Inquisition  flame colored hair was evidence that its owner had stolen  the fire of hell and had to be burned as a witch.
Russian tradition declares  that red hair is both a sign that a person holds a fiery  temper and craziness.

A Russian Proverb warns “There was never a  saint with red  hair.”
Folklore in Liverpool states  that meeting a redhead at the beginning of a journey is a  terrible luck and bad omen. If you came upon one while still  on dock or aboard the ship, you are smart to return home.
In English and Scottish  tradition when the New Year arrives, your “first caller”  will bring you luck. Brunettes bring the best luck. Blondes  bring no luck at all. A widower brings bad luck. A redhead  brings the worst luck. This “first footing” custom was so  strongly practiced at one time that some homes would hire  first callers.
Aristotle was known to believe  that redheads were emotionally un-housebroken.
A French Proverb states  that “redheaded women are either violent or false, and  usually are both.”

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