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Guess what? Gingers are special and here are the facts:

Fact One: Gingers are mutants with special superpowers.

It's true. Gingers do have special powers and abilities due to some rare genetic mutations. Much like the X-Men, gingers are genetically different to "normal people".

Redheads have a mutated MC1R gene, which produces a mutated MC1R receptor, also known as the melanocortin-1 receptor. This mutation leads to the special hair colouration, the paler skin and freckles that we know and love - but scientists have recently found that it also leads to the super-ability to withstand much greater levels of pain than non gingers.

Gingers can also make much more vitamin D at lower light levels than anyone else!
Read on for more ginger facts...






Worldwide, only four percent of people are redheaded. Most of these exist in the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, and Australia.

The highest percentage of natural redheads in the world is in Scotland (13%), followed closely by Ireland with 10%.

Apparently redheads are prone to industrial deafness.

The hair of a ginger, when sprinkled with dew and placed under moonlight becomes pure gold.

Gingers can pop up in families out of the blue because having ginger hair is a genetic recessive trait. It may therefore appear after several generations of darker hair - what a blessing!

Redheads don't turn grey. Red hair gets gradually less red, becoming a light orange, then white. They are also found to lose their colouration later in life than non gingers.

The first human redheads lived around 50,000 years ago - ginger Neanderthals - and some say gingers are the origin of mankind.

Russia means "land of the reds" in honour of a ginger Viking called Rurik.

In Italy it was illegal to marry a redhead until the 18th century

In the late 16th century, the fat of a ginger man was an essential ingredient for poison and that of a woman, the antidote.

Gingers are taught as children to wear lots of green.

In 2002 a scientific study found that gingers require twenty percent more anaesthesia than people with other hair colouration.

Human adults have about 120,000 head hairs - redheads have fewer, blondes more, brunettes the most.

In studies of psychic ability, gingers were found to have 14% more intuition than the base measurement.

Because red pigment is a poor filter of sunlight, the skin of gingers is more susceptible to sunburn, skin cancer and wrinkling.


In Corsica, if you pass a redhead in the street you should spit then turn around.

In Greek Mythology, redheads turn into Vampires when they die.

During the Spanish Inquisition ginger hair was proof that someone had stolen the fire of hell and had to be burned as a witch.

Russian tradition declares that red hair is a sign that a person holds a fiery temper and craziness.

A Russian Proverb warns "There was never a saint with red hair."

A French Proverb states that "redheaded women are either violent or false and are usually both."

Losing your virginity to a redhead is considered very lucky in Western Scotland.

The first ginger British monarch was a woman. Boudicca was a Celtic warrior and led her people (the Icenti) against the Romans.

Belief that redheads are witches is held as true in most European cultures.

The Egyptians regarded ginger hair as unlucky and had a ceremony in which they burned ginger maidens alive to wipe out the tint, but then look what happened to the Egyptians.

Archaeological digs in the Chinese desert of Takla Makan found mummified gingers dating back 3,000 years.

Redheads have always been thought untrustworthy. Judas is most always depicted as a ginger displaying the longstanding prejudice against red hair.

The Romans kept ginger slaves, who due to their novelty value held a higher price.

In France, to be ginger is thought to be a fate so dire that they have formed a "Proud to be Red" association.

Bees sting redheads more than others. Wasps prefer blondes.

In Denmark it is considered an honour to have a ginger child.

Know any more ginger facts?

If you know any more fascinating facts about gingers and redheads please share them with us.

If any of our facts have been found to be untrue - please get in touch and we'll move them over to ginger myths.

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