#AtoZChallenge: G Like Ginger…


Do you call redheads “ginger”? Do you? Oh, I don’t really like it, you know… But then it’s not a big deal. I have red hair and I love it. It’s a beautiful shade of darker red, not the orange-y kind of red. I sometimes wonder if I’m really a ginger. I always thought only the redheads with the more orange tone and fair skin are called ginger. Apparently that’s not the case, though.

There are many myths about gingers out there. Some I think might be right, some are just made up nonsense. I figured I share some funny facts about redheads with you:

  • Only 1-2% of the world’s population have red hair.
  • In Scottland 14 out of 100 people have red hair. It is the country with the highest density of red heads (not Ireland)
  • Red heads only have approx 90’000 hairs on their head in comparison to blondes with 100’000 and brunettes with 120’000. Because the red hair is thicker it appears though as if red heads have more hair.
  • Apparently red heads are feeling cold and heat more intense…
  • Red heads don’t turn grey. Red hair might get beige in age or just simply turns white (like in my case)
  • A red head needs approximately 20% more anesthetics for surgery than others
  • Until the 16th century the fat of red headed men was used to produce poison…
  • During the Roman Empire a red headed slave was more expensive than another one
  • The DNA of a red head is easier to identify for forensic investigator than others
  • According to the Greek Mythology red heads turn into vampire-like creatures after their death…

Now let me assure you: I’m not a vampire!

This one I found really interesting:

Red hair is the rarest natural hair color in humans. The non-tanning skin associated with red hair may have been advantageous in far-northern climates where sunlight is scarce. Studies by Bodmer and Cavalli-Sforza (1976) hypothesized that lighter skin pigmentation prevents rickets in colder climates by encouraging higher levels of Vitamin D production and also allows the individual to retain heat better than someone with darker skin. In 2000, Harding et al. concluded that red hair was not the result of positive selection and instead proposed that it occurs because of a lack of negative selection. In Africa, for example, red hair is selected against because high levels of sun would be harmful to untanned skin. However, in Northern Europe this does not happen, so redheads come about through genetic drift.

A 2007 report in The Courier-Mail, which cited the National Geographic magazine and unnamed “geneticists”, said that red hair is likely to die out in the near future. Other blogs and news sources ran similar stories that attributed the research to the magazine or the “Oxford Hair Foundation”. However, a HowStuffWorks article says that the foundation was funded by hair-dye maker Procter & Gamble, and that other experts had dismissed the research as either lacking in evidence or simply bogus. The National Geographic article in fact states “while redheads may decline, the potential for red isn’t going away”.

Red hair is caused by a relatively rare recessive gene, the expression of which can skip generations. It is not likely to disappear at any time in the foreseeable future

The things you learn when you blog…


Inspired by the A-Z Challenge


47 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: G Like Ginger…

  1. I am afraid I do say ‘ginger.’ My older sister is a redhead (well it is WAS when she was younger), and we often tease her, but not in a derogatory way. She laughs along with us and teases us about silly stuff as well. I sometimes call her Gingerella! Now before you get cross, I also call her “Willow’ sometimes as well, and she uses GingerWillow as part of her e mail address! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hahaha, love it 🙂 Oh, don’t worry, it’s all good. I actually don’t mind that much, just feel that I’m not a typical ginger, that’s all. But then who is really?


  2. Very interesting. After reading this list, I’m wondering if I’m part red head, just without the red hair. 🙂 The number of people in the world with red hair sounds very accurate, as I’ve only seen maybe one true red head my entire life.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Reblogged this on steviawithcream and commented:
    My daughter is a ginger. Her red hair is amazing and beautiful. She likes her hair but wishes it was naturally curly. When she was younger it was a brighter red, almost a strawberry blonde, but now it is a deeper red. This is a great post about “Ginger” mythology. Enjoy

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Two out of three of my boys are gingers. And yes, I can use that term because I was also one (well, more a strawberry blonde, probably). Not sure about the “redheads don’t turn grey”. Perhaps applies to strong ginger/coppertops but both my husband and I were redheads as children but it got darker and now grey.

    When I broke my ribs last year and they put in the paravertebral block, they had to put the regularity of the anaesthetic up to hourly (from two hourly) so I wasn’t in agony after an hour and a half. They said it was the maximum they could give me and kept asking if I had any symptoms of overdose (I didn’t). So I told them “I used to be a redhead” and one of the doctors went “aha”. 🙂

    Finally, you need to see this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVN_0qvuhhw

    Liked by 1 person

  5. wow, that’s some great info on redheads! I heard a weird tale that redheaded women tend to be bitchy and/or snotty, moreso than blondes and brunettes. Being a redhead, have you heard that before? Today was weird because we were waited on by a beautiful redhead and she was quite snotty. I thought, hmm, maybe there’s some truth to that! But nah… I don’t believe it.
    I’ve just heard that a few times so wondering if you have and how you address that accusation?

    Great post chock full of cool info!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    Liked by 1 person

  6. When I was pregnant I really wanted my son to have my auburn hair but the Godhead had a better idea. Sigh! I agree with the redhead and fair skin feeling the cold an heat more than non redheads. When I was young I was only allowed outside in the winter to go to and from school. I get frostbite unbelieveably fast!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Pingback: #AtoZChallenge: A Wrap Up | A Momma's View

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s