Is red dead? (or ta ta, titians)

September 6, 2007


Red haired people are soon to go the way of the dinosaurs.  At least according to this article:

Genetic scientists warn that redheads are a dying breed; soon they will become extinct in the next 100 years.

Because of smaller percentage of redheads present in the population, it has reduced the chances considerably for the redheads to get redhead partner, so their offspring may or may not be a redhead. The redhead can produce a baby from a single redhead parent; the chances become high when both the parents are redhead however.

Some experts warn redheads could be gone as early 2060, but others say the gene can be dormant in the reproductive system for generations before returning.

The article is a bit misleading mentioning National Geographic magazine in its title. Here is what NG says (sorry, no link):

But while redheads may decline, the potential for red isn’t going away.

Only about 4 percent of people possess the gene, so fewer show the the red trait. Still it’s hiding in the genome, rearing up from its frigid origins, in far flung places like Jamaica, a tip of the hat from a fiery Scottish forebear

This reminds of the big blonde scare of 2002 (no, there wasn’t a shortage of peroxide).

WTF, for a little ginger bashing see here:

And to show that this blond is fair and balanced:


7 Responses to “Is red dead? (or ta ta, titians)”

  1. QuakerJono Says:

    Um, was this piece written by a stereotypical blond? “Soon they will become extinct in the next 100 years?” WTF? Did Yoda’s younger and much stupider brother suddenly get internet access? If one is going to submit something nationally and wants to be taken seriously, PROOF YOUR SHIT!

    Cgull needs to be fired.

    Out of a canon.

    Into the sun.

  2. If it became a big enough issue, I wonder if the porn industry would help pay for genetics and breeding grounds (so to speak) to make sure that particular niche doesn’t die out…

  3. Ginger Kids will never die out! We are the chosen race!

    Of course, then again, I ain’t breeding no new ones….

  4. QuakerJono Says:


    Cgull needs to be fired.

    Out of a canon.

    (Sorry, not sure how to do box quotes)

    Please tell me that this spelling of “canon” was intentional — some sort of pun that I am not getting at the moment. Either way, thanks for the chuckle.

  5. QuakerJono Says:

    Of course it was intentional, C.o.a.S., all my mistackes are maid with malise off fourthought.

  6. John in IL Says:

    lolQuaker…(hey, there’s an idea)

  7. John in IL Says:

    and CoaS, are you funnin with us with your “box” quote.

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