After much deliberation and testing, scientists found that there is no evidence to support that redheads bruise more easily than other hair shades. Instead, it's possible that bruises appear more prominently due to our pale skin. British superstition says that on New Year's Day, your first caller will bring you luck. Brunettes bring the best luck, blondes bring none, and redheads bring the worst luck of all. In Corsica, if you pass someone with ginger hair on the street, you must spit and turn around to avoid bad luck.
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Redheads are witches. From the s through the s, red-haired women deemed to be witches were murdered by the thousands. So, obviously, a redhead would have had plenty of marks for them to choose from. Redheads turn into vampires when we die. The ancient Greeks actually believed this to be true. Sorry, but other than the fact that redheads and vampires both try to avoid the sun, this myth is completely false. Redheads are unlucky.
Long before the study of genetics, the rarity of red hair led to the creation of magical and wildly imaginative explanations. Ancient Greeks decided their Thracian neighbours were especially warmongering and bloodthirsty because they were flame-haired. At some point in history a dichotomy of sorts emerges: men with red hair were up to no good, with several notable paintings depicting Judas with red hair, for example, while during the reign of Elizabeth I, women fell over themselves in their efforts to dye their hair the same colour as the queen. Science eventually intervened, although it was only in that scientists identified the gene responsible for red hair; the melanocortin 1 receptor MC1R protein. Having two copies of this gene triggers the production of high levels of the red pigment phaeomelanin and reduced levels of the dark pigment eumelanin, resulting in the classic fair skin, freckles, light-coloured eyes and red hair.
By Carly Stern For Dailymail. Redheads really are different from everyone else — but you still shouldn't believe the stereotypes. Writer Erin La Rosa loves her red hair, but she grew tired of hearing about her supposed 'fiery temper' and getting asked whether 'the carpet matches the drapes. Here, find some of the most surprising facts from the book.