We certainly hope not! O. has always had an affinity for redheads – and for one – aptly nicknamed “Big Ginger” in particular. So he was quite disturbed this evening when he read this story courtesy of National Geographic.
Redheads set for extinction
Peter Beattie, Nicole Kidman and Michael Voss are. So were William Shakespeare, Christopher Columbus and Queen Elizabeth the First.
But the future doesn’t look bright for people with ginger hair.According to genetic scientists redheads are becoming rarer and could be extinct in 100 years.
The current National Geographic magazine reports that less than 2 per cent of the world’s population has natural red hair – created by a mutation in northern Europe thousand of years ago.
Global intermingling, which broadens the availability of possible partners, has reduced the chances of redheads meeting and so producing little redheads of their own.
Although it takes only one red-haired parent to produce ginger babies, two redheads obviously creates a much stronger possibility.
Some experts warn redheads could be gone as early 2060, but others say the gene can be dormant in the reproductive system for generations before returning.
National Geographic says the gene at first had the beneficial effect of increasing the body’s ability to make vitamin D from sunlight. However, today’s carriers are more prone to skin cancer and have a higher sensitivity to heat and cold-related pain.
This makes O. incredibly sad! His dearly departed mom had deep, beautiful auburn hair, as did one of his former loves, and MeanRed, who is one of O.’s dearest friends. KTPP also has red hair, but hers comes out of a bottle. (And yeah, O. just went there.)
What’s to come of future Prince Harry’s? Nicole Kidmans (before she became a living robot with white skin and hair)? Christina Cedenos? Jessica Rabbits? Vincent van Goghs? Tori Amos’? Lulus? Marcia Cross’? The superhot Paul Bettanys?
This is a tragedy of epic proportion! Who wants a world of just blondes and brunettes?
We can send a man to the moon. We can explore the depths of the oceans. We saved the bald eagle from extinction.
It’s time to save the redheads.
For the love of Jesus, Satan, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster – let’s stop this tragedy before it happens!