Redheads Are Aliens and Other Things You Didn't Know About the Human Hair

We all (okay, most of us) have hair - but how much do you know about the stuff that grows on our head? AskMen has a neat article on the 5 things you didn't know about ... the human hair:

4- Redheads may be aliens
There’s a conspiracy theory that redheads are alien-human hybrids. Think about it: Why did several kings and queens of Europe have red hair even though, percentage-wise, redheads are fairly rare? Why do so many Southies have red hair and speak a different language than other Boston locals?

It sounds crazy, but carrottops do have biological differences other than appearance. Redheaded women bleed longer, which is why doctors make special preparations for them in childbirth. They also have the smallest hair count on their heads, about 90,000 as opposed to 140,000 on people with blond and brown hair. That’s why Kick a Ginger Day began, just to keep these possible aliens on their toes.

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It seems a shame that while so many people are berating the pranksters who change roadsigns, no one is saying "kick a ginger day" which is a direct threat to people to be in any way contentious. No, I'm not a redhead, but given how so many have been teased and bullied unmercilessly as children, just due to their hair colour, I find it distasteful that anyone would be so retarded as to promote it as adults.
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I agree with ratz. This is a very bad thing to publicize. Please remove it from your blog. I don't like racism of any type but this is really outrageous, enciting violence against people because of their hair color and saying they are not fully human.
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The British have this strange fascination with ginger people, it seems they do nothing but talk about how strange they are. In America we just call them "Rusty" and get on with it, nobody cares if you're ginger here.
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Sofar, when I moved to the UK, this ginger thing might have been the strangest difference between our cultures. In the States, they are considered lucky at baseball games, but here, you would think that they eat unbaptized kids for breakfast. Weird.

Personally, I think anyone that is going to assume that a redhead is part alien has bigger issues to deal with.
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I'm all in favor to changing the kick a redhead day to something better for both parties. I submit high-five or kiss. Hug isn't bad either ^^
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Red heads are super hot!!! Look at Sarah from Prison Break WOW

P.s Could you post my music vide?http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=i5vL8lgNEBA
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"Why did several kings and queens of Europe have red hair even though, percentage-wise, redheads are fairly rare?"

because the royal family was pretty inbred to "keep the royal line going". if red hair was genetic on both sides at any point, it would be destined to re-circulate throughout the royal family. the aspects of the percentage were skewed by the selective habits of the royal family... aka inbreeding. awesome.
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Red heads are hot. There's some attraction field to red heads, I wonder if that's why they are considered alien? Because so many people are attracted to their hair??? And I agree with jjjj- we need to hug or kiss the redheads, not kick, that's just mean. I'm not a red head, but overall, it doesn't matter what skin color or hair color you are, because once you die, all of that doesn't matter. Human beings can be f-ed up, that's all I'm going to say (and NO, I'm not an alien either. I'm just stating that human nature is messed up).
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As a redhead, I'll issue a challenge to anyone looking to kick me on "kick a ginger day". We're also known for our bad tempers so I suggest you NOT kick a redhead. :)
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I quite like this site. But it absolutely pisses me off that people think that suggesting something like Kick a GInger day is in anyway acceptable, or funny. Or that reporting on it without condemning it is acceptable.
I mean Christ almighty, how about - Kick the yellow skin day?
Or slap the Redskin week?
Rich
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I was so jealous of my brother when I was younger because he had red hair. But he burns up in the sun really fast, and my boyfriend dislikes redheads so I guess i'm kind of lucky?
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I am a little bit ginger. I do not mind the "kick a red head" day. We gingers have a lot of festivities that follow it. Most notable is the "Clocking of the individual who takes fictitous holidays to serious".

I think that those people who take such an event seriously must have some issues. And those that may participate in the day in a violent way, probably were looking for an excuse to act out in a violent manner.

The "Kick a Ginger" day was started as a joke on facebook somewhere after someone had seen an episode of southpark.

I am looking forward to when there is a "Kick a Ginger Zombie" day.
Cant wait to see the comments section for that.
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I like this description of our red-haired brethren:

"She herself had short red hair and a face which was not so much freckled as one big freckle with occasional areas of skin." -Good Omens
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As a redhead, I don't understand why you guys are all upset over Kick a Ginger Day. I think it's pretty funny, and am prepared to defend myself. It's just a joke, people.

Also, the redheads-as-aliens is explored in a Tom Robbins book, Still Life with Woodpecker. But heads up - if the idea of Kick a Ginger Day is very unfunny to you, you will hate Robbins.
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My daughter is a red head (recessive genes) and she is the only one in the family with red hair. Since she is now only 7 years old she does not feel self conscious about this yet. We do all we can to let her know just how beautiful she is.

When I see stuff like "Kick a Ginger Day" it really breaks my heart and makes me hate humanity. I also read a blog post once about how ginger children have no souls and it also broke me heart.

Why does there have to be so much hate toward red headed people? In America it might be better than in the UK but they still have an old saying "like a red headed step child" and that's not nice either.

I really wish people would not promote violence toward red headed people, especially children. There is already so much violence in this world and so many narrow minded people who actually believe this trash. Let's stop this now.
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There are more redheads in the South? Where did that little fun fact come from? Also, is a "southie" what Bostonians call people from the south? I've never heard that before either.

Remember the red head scene from Jerry Mcguire? Kelly Preston...WOWZA!
here she is:
http://twixer.com/Aesthete/0DVDs/0Movies/JerryMaguire/KellyPreston/index.html
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@mikemike

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6725653.stm

Yeah sorry Mikemike I totally forgotten the major hilarity that can be derived from kicking someone. LOL!!!!!!!!1111111!!11!!
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'Kick A Ginger' day would not be funny if ginger were substituted for any other visible characteristic or visible minority group.
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Like the "kick a ginger day" the comment about us not having souls also originated from South Park.
Some people need to really stop taking things they read on the internet at face value. Maybe do a little research first.
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Some people are aware of the South Park source and understand it is in context there. However, some people also know that there are some people that take the 'kick a ginger day' too seriously in a everyday violent way, particularly in schools.

When you watch South Park, you expect it. You should not watch if you don't. However, when you read a 'news' article about it, you do not expect it.

Some people know 'ginger kids' that do been 'kicked' for how they look, so they are a bit more aware of what it really means.
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My brother has red hair and I have a red beard. Kids will torture a redhead, but I don't know many adults that would mess with one. Only stupid ones. Being red as a kid isn't fun but it makes you tough and builds character.
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How was my comment any more racist than "Kick a ginger", Johnny Cat? I guess I have to be less obscure in my observations.

Drukus said it more frankly: this would be considered wrong if put in any other context. What if it was "Kick a Woman Day"?
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I am a 16-year-old redhead, who is quite happy with her red hair.

My friends and I have never been made fun of for having red hair. We actually have more confidence and more fun than anyine else I know.

I don't find this offensive at all. Rather, I find it to be quite funny.

And I'd have to agree, we redheads are the hottness XD
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Very proud...beautiful redhead here. F*ck kick a ginger day. I f*cking dare you to kick me on any day! People be hatin' on us redheads cause the guys love us so much!Red indicates passion and that is what we have.
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hello there,
well the reason why i'm writing here is because i actually fantasize about marrying a redheaded girl with blue or green eyes and hopefully get two little redheaded twin baby girls, one with blue eyes and one with green eyes, but with my skin complexion. ( i'm half black half white by the way...lol)
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Hello, I am a red head,am i find this "Kick and Ginger day" very affensive, i am only 13 and i have gone throw so much hurt and pain since i was about 6. It is just like me saying "kick a blonde day or kick a brown or black day" hair(colour). I have only just started to like my hair colour, but i still get teased but i try to ignore this but it hasn't worked. I have told my head of year and he kinda sorter it out, but they stopped and now they have started again, but i can remember the day, where i came home and just started to cry my self to sleep! i was so upset!I just people would get a life! And i know in a sure fact i am not an ALIEN!
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Come on people! Its the 2009. I mean, what about sour patch kid- are you going to say that shes alien too?
Red heads are hot and are more mature than some women.
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Wow!...so we Redheads are "Ailens"?!...God this "ginger" thing is never going to get old....all the people that hate us are just secretly jealous....we are the best in bed!...probably why half of those people get no ACTION!!...Im 14 and I have a twin sis who has red-hair and my best friend Amber has Red-hair and we looooove it!...My fav teacher may make Ginga jokes...but I looove my hair wouldnt change it for the world
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This is bull crap i am red headed and I am one of the most loved person i know and all this bull crap need to stop katie dont worry bout it cause one day everyone will stop and love your self and your hair
and the ones making fun of u really need to get a life
they just say that to make them feel better..... ya i
hated my hair till a few years ago and now i LOVE it
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hi karly, im a blue eyed red head that has a family history of twins, have always wanted twin girls with a half white half black partner lol
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lol. i'm a redhead and i just thought this was hilarious. i didnt know i was half alien. the things you learn on the internet. :)
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Im a redhead and im 16 years old. I was teased in elementary school for it, so i dyed my hair, and i regret it. Who cares if were different, being different is a good thing, better then being like everybody else. This alien bullshit is stupid. Kick a ginger day, if people are stupid enough to copy something that started off of south park, go ahead.
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I am a Red Head and I love it. As a child I didn't like it because we are taught to conform to the standards. I wasn't really made fun of because I have such an outgoing personality, and temper, people didn't mess with me in that way. Since red hair is a genetic rarity, we do see as many red heads as we do blonds, brunettes, etc. Unless you are a red head, you don't understand the bit of magic that you feel being so unique. People strive their whole lives to be unique and special, and I recieved that gift when I was born. Oh....and it's a proven fact that Red Heads are the best lovers--hands down!! Bring on Kick a Ginger day. I have a feeling there will be alot of bruised and battered Blonds and Brunettes after the day is done!!
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I am a Red Head and I love it. As a child I didn't like it because we are taught to conform to the standards. I wasn't really made fun of because I have such an outgoing personality, and temper, people didn't mess with me in that way. Since red hair is a genetic rarity, we dont see as many red heads as we do blonds, brunettes, etc. Unless you are a red head, you don't understand the bit of magic that you feel being so unique. People strive their whole lives to be unique and special, and I recieved that gift when I was born. Oh....and it's a proven fact that Red Heads are the best lovers--hands down!! Bring on Kick a Ginger day. I have a feeling there will be alot of bruised and battered Blonds and Brunettes after the day is done!!
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I am a Red Head and I love it. As a child I didn't like it because we are taught to conform to the standards. I wasn't really made fun of because I have such an outgoing personality, and temper, people didn't mess with me in that way. Since red hair is a genetic rarity, we dont see as many red heads as we do blonds, brunettes, etc. Unless you are a red head, you don't understand the bit of magic that you feel being so unique. People strive their whole lives to be unique and special, and I recieved that gift when I was born. Oh....and it's a proven fact that Red Heads are the best lovers--hands down!! Bring on Kick a Ginger day. I have a feeling there will be alot of bruised and battered Blonds and Brunettes after the day is done!!
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im a red head, and ive always been proud of it, and this article is awesome...being half alien would def be a factor as to why red heads probably have the highest average iq compared to other hair colors
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you're a fucking clown, I hope every redhead kicks the shit out of your dumb fucking skull. Get a life you fucking geek!!!!
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I've been married to a redhead 4 24 years. I suspect she's an alien. I list the following in support of this.....no matter what I do she still loves me
her recipi for rock cakes is out of this world
she's got a Ginger cat
if I give her the wrong answer it's grounds for a scratching slap punch or possibly a stabbing
she's never got anything to wear
no matter how many banks I rob she's never got enough money
she's about to stick me in the microwave if I submit
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I agree, Ryan. My ex-girlfriend was a redhead. She was certifiable and such a phony. She blamed everyone else and never took any responsibility for any of her problems or emotions. Her anxiety and depression made her pop pills like mad. She was unaccountable and rude to everyone. Aalways entitled. A bitch. A cold, cold bitch.
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hey ryan, did you ever think that maybe she just didn't like you and you are waaaaaay too sensitive?

never trust a redhead? how about never trust a guy...they do all those things no matter what color their hair is.

better watch what you say. if we're all so crazy you never know what we'll do if we get angry enough!!!!!

*rolls eyes*

idiots.

now if you'll excuse me, i have some pills to pop...
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Ok ive read some of the comments and how is it mean or racist its just what they thought was true or is true. I dont know if it is but there is nothing mean or racist about it. Its like me saying Chinease people are from China. Thats not racist thats a fact. Im saying anything bad about them so how is it racist? (And yes I do relize that not all Chinease people are born in China)
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Hmm - I will laugh all the way to the bank. As a redhead in Silicon Valley, I have been able to set myself apart from the rest and have a lucrative sales career. It takes a lot of ignorance to claim that hair color dictates intelligence...Of course, I don't hand my income over to the queen either - LOL. America - a great land of opportunity and great marketing; oh yes, and a bit more tolerant.
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wissink3,

You're right, it's not racist to say those things but it is prejudice and none of it is true. That would be like saying that all blondes are skanky, dumbass airheads. Is that true? Far from.

Actually, it would be great if we really are alien-human hybrids because that would be proof as to why we are far better then a pureblood human.
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this is low. I am a proud redhead and this makes me sick. only dicks would say this, I'm proud to be a "ginger" call me that if you want but wtf an alien.
really?!
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we are rare and not common, you have to be destroyed you know too much about us, we are coming for you, the mighty sword in hand and temper on fire just for you.
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i can't believe it , i am a redhead girl and i am actually so cute!!
i think that we are just like everybody let me say this if we are so many rare is because we are really wonderfull
having a redhead is the best thing that happend to me ever!
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THATS A LODE OF SHIT im a red head and i have thick hair and also do not bleed for long omg ur stupit and can i just say alines are not real i take big ofence to this and will be reporting it
and also that im scotish so thats most pepol from scotlands hair . im a true scot and love it and thats not very nice of you saying all thoses thing about us and that mad man that ssaid dont trust us and love us im very hurt you have not met all of us if you met me i would kick your ass
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I'm a natural red head and quite beautiful.. I was never really teased when I was younger, just a few lighthearted jokes.. I always dyed my hair though when I was a teenager, I personally hated my red hair.. everybody loved it but me.. Now I'm 22 and I'm finally loving my red hair I'm never going to dye it again.. we r so unique and beautiful :)
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