Aside from guaranteed beatings at school and an inability to tan, being ginger is actually pretty special – in fact, just 1-2% of the world are red heads…
*Redheads have thick hair, but the least number of hairs per head, at an average of 90,000. The overall average is 100,000.
*People with red hair are more susceptible to pain, according to doctors. Research carried out in the US suggested that redheads need 20% more anaesthesia than people with other hair colour. [BBC story]
*Redheads “are deemed to be the emotional slaves of our colouring as no other group,” wrote redheaded Nicola Tyrer in the Daily Telegraph.
*Common redhead stereotypes are: bad temper, sexual fire, untrustworthy, being smart and eccentric.
* Scotland has the highest proportion of redheads in the world as 13 percent of the population has red hair and approximately 40 percent carries the recessive redhead gene.
*A recent DNA study has concluded that some Neanderthals had red hair, although the mutation responsible for this differs from that which causes red hair in Homo Sapiens.
*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.