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In Britain's Scorching Heat, an Offer for Redheads

Showcase offers free tickets in cool theaters on dangerously hot day

(Newser) - Monday is shaping up to be the hottest day Britain ever recorded , with a forecast of at least 104 degrees. One cinema chain is scoring some related publicity with an unusual offer: free admission to redheads over the next two scorching days, reports the Evening Standard . "Since redheads are...

Severed Heads of Women With Reddish Hair Found in 2 States

Cops in Texas, Louisiana trying to see if there's a connection

(Newser) - Two severed heads in two separate states, but found with striking similarities, have investigators in Texas and Louisiana trying to see if there's a possible link. KHOU reported earlier this month on the first grim find near Lake Houston on March 24, when volunteers cleaning up litter discovered a...

How Hair Can (and Can't) Tell Us If Someone Is Dead

Fungus-eaten locks don't mean a missing person is dead

(Newser) - If hair at a crime scene shows signs of a "fungal invasion," forensic scientists may well conclude the hair's owner is dead—but that's not the case, a new study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B explains. Conventional wisdom has held that the fungi...

Even Sun-Dodging Redheads Face High Cancer Risk

Pigment behind their coloring may be melanoma threat

(Newser) - Staying covered up may not be enough. Redheads face a higher risk of melanoma even if they stay out of the sun, a study suggests. That's because the pigment that causes red hair may itself contribute to the deadliest type of skin cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. "...

Sperm Bank Turns Away Carrot Tops

'Too many redheads in relation to demand': bank director

(Newser) - Redheaded men seeking a quick $500 best not turn to the Cryos sperm bank: It's full-up with carrot top donors and is turning them away. "There are too many redheads in relation to demand," director Ole Schou tells the Telegraph . Only women who have an infertile redhead...

Surgeons, Please Stop Fearing Redheads

Study busts stereotypes about hemorrhages and hernias

(Newser) - Redheads have a bad rap among surgeons because they're said to have a low pain threshold and to be more prone to hemorrhages and hernias in surgery or afterward. A new study in the British Medical Journal looked into the matter and has some advice for said surgeons: Get over...

Scotland's Bad Weather Means More Redheads
 Scotland's Bad Weather 
 Means More Redheads 
a gem from Monday

Scotland's Bad Weather Means More Redheads

Cloudier climes allowed trait to gain in population

(Newser) - The cooler, cloudier climes for northern Europe make for more redheads—particularly in Scotland and Ireland, a researcher says. About 8% of Scots sport a ginger mane, to less than 2% of all Europeans. The theory, Emily Pritchard tells the Times of London, is that genetic traits that allow sun-unfriendly...

What Not to Say to a Redhead
 What Not to Say to a Redhead 

What Not to Say to a Redhead

Start with 'carrot top' and way-too-personal pickup lines

(Newser) - As a redhead, Rose Martelli has heard every one of your witty comments about her hair, thank you very much. At, she lists what never to say to a redhead. Here's a sampling:
  • Carrot top: Extremely funny. In first grade.
  • Do your drapes match the carpet? "Thank

Blonds Are More 'Warlike'
 Blonds Are More 'Warlike' 

Blonds Are More 'Warlike'

Getting more attention makes them more aggressive: study

(Newser) - Blonds might have more fun, but they definitely have more aggression, researchers claim. Fair-haired women are far more likely to fight for their rights than brunettes or redheads, new research has found. They slip into a “warlike” streak because they attract more attention than others and are used to...

Britain Bans Anti-Redhead Newspaper Ad

It implies red hair is unattractive, agency says

(Newser) - In another case of redheads fighting back against the injustices of the world, Britain's advertising watchdog has banned a newspaper ad for being "anti-ginger" after three people complained. The ad, for a TV show called Dating in the Dark, reads: "How do you spot a ginger in the...

UK Chain Yanks 'Anti-Redhead' Xmas Card

Mom complains about card poking fun at 'gingers'

(Newser) - British supermarket giant Tesco has yanked a card from its shelves that poked fun at redheads after complaints from the outraged, red-haired mother of three redheaded daughters. The company said the card—which pictured a red-headed toddler with Santa and the words "Santa loves all kids. Even ginger ones"...

Boy Beaten on Facebook 'Kick a Ginger' Day

Site inspired by South Park episode

(Newser) - Police suspect a boy was attacked at his southern California middle school because a Facebook site urged assaults on redheads. The boy, 12, was beaten twice on a day declared "Kick a Ginger Day" on the Facebook site, inspired by an episode of South Park. Police are continuing to...

Kids Attack Redheads on 'Kick a Ginger' Day

Facebook group, inspired by 'South Park,' told teens to kick peers

(Newser) - Inspired by a Facebook page, kids in Vancouver spent a day kicking and punching redheads for fun, the Vancouver Sun reports. Trouble is, being hit hurts. "I was amazed by the amount of people that kicked me," said 13-year-old Aaron Mishkin, who figures he was assaulted about 80...

Redheads May Date Back 200K Years
Redheads May Date Back
200K Years

Redheads May Date Back 200K Years

Scientists find evidence of flame-haired Neanderthals

(Newser) - Redheads made up at least 1% of the Neanderthal population, scientists have found by extracting genetic material from fossilized bones. The analyzed DNA yielded a gene that controls melanin production in skin and hair. "We can't say anything for the actual fossils we looked at, but we can be...

Redheads Wave Goodbye
Redheads Wave Goodbye

Redheads Wave Goodbye

Our flame-haired friends are bound for extinction: report

(Newser) - Across the globe, true redheads are declining in number and may soon be gone altogether. More human intermingling has lessened redhead coupling, the Daily Mail reports, and carrot-tops may be no more as soon as 2060. Some scientists make less dire predictions, according to National Geographic, and say the ginger...

UK Gingers See Red Over Harassment
UK Gingers
See Red Over Harassment

UK Gingers See Red Over Harassment

Hair-color discrimination a burning issue, say British carrot tops

(Newser) - The UK is ignoring a vicious form of discrimination, the BBC reports—one based not on skin color but hair color. Britain's red-headed schoolkids face bullying, women feel stereotyped, and auburn-haired Britons report harassment with epithets like carrot-top, copper-top, ginger-nut, and even Ronald McDonald.

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