LOS ANGELES, CA - Redheads take a lot of flack on TV, on social media, and in movies. But have you ever stopped to think that it might be because redheads are cooler than you? Red hair and blue eyes is the rarest combination in the world. Only 1% of the population has red hair and blue eyes. They are also more likely to be left handed.
It turns out that people with red hair require a larger dose of anesthesia than people and they have a higher resistance to painkillers. The gene mutation, MC1R, that causes red hair also makes them more sensitive to pain. Red hair is thicker than any other hair color and it takes much longer for a redhead to go gray. They may never achieve that salt and pepper look at all. Or salt and cayenne.
Families can carry the redhead gene for generations without it showing up, so you may have some redhead in you! Even cooler than that, redheads are much better at detecting changes in temperature, which isn’t exactly a super power, but still, pretty cool. And yes they may be known for burning easily but they are much more efficient at making their own vitamin D, so they don’t need as much sunlight as the rest of us. Plus they are incredibly rare. Natural redheads make up only 2% of the world’s population.
So don’t hate! Just appreciate your redheaded friends for the rare rubies they truly are.
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