Today is International Kiss A Ginger Day

Today is International Kiss A Ginger Day

"Gingers have no souls!" I think we all remember that episode of South Park, in which Cartman delivers a ridiculous hate speech against gingers, and then his friends transform him into one. It's a hilarious storyline, but, over the years, there has been a real stigma against redheaded people. Less than two percent of the world's population is ginger, and amongst all those blonds and brunettes, flaming red hair and freckles really stands out. Kids still get teased about it, and in the middle ages, things were even worse: They thought devilish hair was an evil omen, and meant you were a witch.

Luckily, the stigma seems to be fading. Today's pop culture landscape is full of redheaded celebrities, like Rupert Grint, Emma Stone, Ed Sheeran, Jessica Chastain, Conan O'Brien, Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, and Prince Harry. And in the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, the feisty Wildling Ygritte, who wins the heart of Jon Snow, is describing as having hair "kissed by fire." In The Netherlands, there's even an annual event called Redhead Days, which encourages gingers of all shapes and shades to enjoy a weekend of fun activities.

In fact, now redheaded people even have their own unofficial holiday: Kiss A Ginger Day! Derek Forgie started the novelty celebration in 2009, in response to "Kick A Ginger Day," a cruel campaign created by sadistic students in some high schools. (Supposedly, they were inspired by the South Park episode). Also, Daniel was sick and tired of being bullied, himself. "When you grow up with red hair, it's an orange beacon on the top of your head that opens you up to ridicule," Derek explains in a video on his Facebook page. So, he created a Facebook group called "Kiss A Ginger Day" and invited eight redheaded friends. They invited all friends, and now the movement has really blown up.


So, what exactly causes redheaded hair? According to scientists, it is all the result of a mutation in one gene, known as MC1R. If two parents aren't redheads, but carry the recessive gene, there's a strong chance their kids could still be ginger. Meanwhile, if two parents are redheads, the gene is dominant, and there's a roughly 4,000% their kids will be gingers. You are pretty much the Weasley family in Harry Potter.

So, give gingers a little love today. And maybe you should think about dying your hair, to become a ginger yourself. Right now the world's biggest selling color of women's hair dye on is red. What's more, according to a study by the Hamburg Research Institute in Germany, women with red hair have a more active sex life" "The sex lives of women with red hair were clearly more active than those with other hair color," wrote the researchers, "with more partners and having sex more often than the average." Gingers might not have souls, but they have awesome sex lives.

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