B londe Redhead's last album - Misery Is A Butterfly - established them once and for all as one of the most distinctive and precious bands of their generation. It was a confident, thrilling and delicately-nuanced sweep of sound which enraptured the already-converted and won the band a whole new legion of fans. And although it marked a modulation away from the bittersweet starkness of previous releases, it was by far the most commercially successful release of the band's career, continuing a steady upward trajectory, which started well over a decade ago.
I was standing in a record-breaking crowd of 1, natural redheads, all dressed in various shades of blue, posing for a group photo in a large green field. We had all come together for a weekend-long international redhead festival held in the Netherlands. As photographers were hoisted up into the sky on large cranes, I looked around at the colors.
Besides the obvious similarity as heads-of-state, all three had red hair. Hair color ranges from platinum blond to ebony, due to levels of pigments produced by specialized cells called melanocytes. Those with dark hair have cells that produce a pigment called eumelanin, and those with blond or red hair have cells that produce pheomelanin.
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And sometimes, it can be hard to distinguish fact from myth, so this page is for you, fellow redheads. Western Europe houses more redheads than anywhere else in the world. This is the melanocortin 1 receptor, also known as MC1R for short.
Red hair or ginger hair occurs naturally in one to two percent of the human populationappearing with greater frequency two to six percent among people of Northern or Northwestern European ancestry and lesser frequency in other populations. It is most common in individuals homozygous for a recessive allele on chromosome 16 that produces an altered version of the MC1R protein. Red hair varies in hue from a deep burgundy or bright copperor auburnto burnt orange or red-orange to strawberry blond.
Nobody likes going to the dentist, but redheads may have good reason. A growing body of research shows that people with red hair need larger doses of anesthesia and often are resistant to local pain blockers like Novocaine. As a result, redheads tend to be particularly nervous about dental procedures and are twice as likely to avoid going to the dentist as people with other hair colors, according to new research published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.
They're fiery and dangerous, or they're clownish and weak. They're total geeks in public, but they're wild in the bedroom. They don't have souls, so they'll steal yours. The list of myths and stereotypes about redheads go on and on, showing just how stigmatized people with this unique phenotype really are.
It's bad enough that redheads -- or gingersas our British friends call them -- may one day be extinct. Now we find out that people with red hair need more anesthesia than other people, too. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, proved what anesthesiologists -- doctors who oversee the administration of anesthesia -- have believed for some time, that redheads are more difficult to knock out.
And you thought that ginger hair was a burden to be endured? According to Jacky Colliss Harvey, the flame-haired author of a new history of redheads, it is a biological blessing and a passport to happiness. The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, is, as any redhead will tell you, the beginning of the glorious few weeks when the whole northern hemisphere coordinates with us. You can keep your English summers; our time to shine, or rather to glow in a manner both pale and interesting, is now.