Friday, August 24, 2007

Save my people!

We are a dying breed:

REDHEADS are becoming rarer and could be extinct in 100 years, according to genetic scientists.

The current National Geographic magazine reports that less than two per cent of the world's population has natural red hair, created by a mutation in northern Europe thousands of years ago.

My mother and father were brunettes, but when my dad grew a mustache, probably in this thirties, it came out red!

Actually, it just occurs to me that you may not know I'm a redhead because my hair photographs brown generally and in the case of my profile in the upper right of this page. I was unable to produce a redhead, to the disappointment of me and my husband, but both children seemed to have escaped freckles, which can be annoying, especially during adolescence. (Via Jonah Goldberg.)

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3:17 PM  
Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

The last redhead in my family was my materal grandfather. None of his kids were redheads.

If I'm remembering correctly, I think your old profile pic showed your natural redheadedness more.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

BTW, I think that the article is BS. It sounds a lot like the bogus story that came out a couple of years ago about blondes going extinct by 2200.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Not if Miss Clairol has anything to say about it!

7:14 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Hmmm...some racy alternate headlines come to mind, but I think I'll keep them to myself.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

Hmmm...some racy alternate headlines come to mind

About redheads or blondes?

7:29 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Ummmm....nah, I think I ought to leave it alone.

5:12 PM  
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5:39 PM  
Blogger Bradley J. Fikes said...

Mike LaRoche is probably right. The story was extensively reprinted in the British and Australian press, which makes me distrust it. The Brits/Aussies seem content with lower journalistic standards than the United States. That's another reason to mourn Murdoch's takeover of the WSJ. (And yes, even with all the media hijinks here, I think the American press is still much better than that of the Brits or Aussies).

I know, the story originally appeared in National Geographic, but that's hardly a scientific journal. And the idiot reporters who have ignorantly cribbed the story apparently have never heard of Mendel. This passage also makes no sense:

"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."

So that wasn't the case in the past?

The story is also really ethnocentric. Red hair has always been rare, even in Europe. Most of the world's population has always lived outside of Europe.

By the way, my oldest sister is a redhead, and her oldest daughter has even more blazing locks.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous luther said...

And given enough time we will all have the same skin tone, eye color, and all speak the same world language … Spanish!

Some old friends of mine have two kids with very red hair - she's dirty blonde and he has brown hair. Go figure ... but in his family his mom, sister and brother have red hair. I'll have to let them know they're on the endangered species list.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

I thought Esperanto was supposed to be the global language. ;)

9:04 PM  
Anonymous luther said...

I keep trying to think of how I should now refer to your kids now that your on the endagered species list, here's some rough ideas:
- Children of the Walking Dead
- Offspring of the Inevitably Extinct
- Litter of the Unavoidably Lost
Any of these grab you? :)

Esperanto - I'd never heard of that before so I looked it up:
an artificial language invented in 1887 as a means of making international communication easier. It is based on the root forms of certain words common to the major European languages.
I guess it didn't really take off eh? Those crazy Europeans ...

10:44 PM  
Anonymous luther said...

Oh and endagered = endangered in Esperanto ...

10:46 PM  
Anonymous luther said...

Remnants of the Strawberry Shadow People?

10:04 PM  

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