Ginger bashing goes back to Greek Mythology

After readers expressed their discomfort with making fun of gingers, it required some more research:

GINGER FACTS & MYTHS

GINGER FACTS & MYTHS

1. Red hair is seen on the heads of only four percent of people. Most of these exist in the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, and Australia.

2. There is a belief that redheads are prone to industrial deafness. This actually could be true as the melanocytes are found in the middle ear.

3. A 2002 study found that redhead are harder to sedate than any other people requiring twenty percent more anesthesia. Inadequate doses cause people to wake up during surgery and have increased recall of procedures.

4. In the late 16th century, the fat of a redheaded man was an essential ingredient for poison.

5. The Egyptians regarded the color as so unlucky that they had a ceremony in which they burned red-headed maidens alive to wipe out the tint.

6. An Irish judge in 2001 fined a man for disorderly conduct stating “I am a firm believer that hair coloring has an effect on temper and your coloring suggests you have a temper.”

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

8. Adolph Hitler reportedly banned the marriages of two redheads as he feared their children would be “deviant offspring”.  

9. Red haired children have been historically branded as offspring of “unclean” sex. This has earned them taunts such as “red-knob” or “tampon tops.”

10. Bees are thought to sting redheads more than others.

11. In Denmark it is an honor to have a redheaded child.

12. In Corsica, if you pass a redhead in the street you are to spit and turn around.

13. In Poland, if you pass three red-heads you’ll win the state lottery.

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

15. During the Spanish Inquisition flame colored hair was evidence that its owner had stolen the fire of hell and had to be burned as a witch.

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

17. A Russian Proverb warns “There was never a saint with red hair.”

18. Aristotle was known to believe that redheads were emotionally unhousebroken.

19. A French Proverb states that “redheaded women are either violent or false, and usually are both.”

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  • Pete George

    A lot of crap can be traced back a long way. That doesn’t justify continuing it in a modern civilised society.

    If you researched I’m sure you’d find people with depression often weren’t treated very well, many of them less well than red heads. Lobotomies were an unsuccessful treatment and are now not considered good practice.

    Fortunately bullying the mentally ill is not considered to be very civilised these days.

    • The solution seems to be to immigrate to Denmark?

      • Pete George

        A better solution is for more people to stand up, speak up and confront crap to improve our own society.

        Some people limit their bullying to the safety of social media where they don’t have to look their victims in the eye. But others take it further.

        “The court concluded Nia Glassie had been kicked, beaten, slapped, jumped on, held over a burning fire, had wrestling moves copied from a computer
        game practiced on her, spit on, placed into a clothes dryer spinning at
        top heat for up to 30 minutes, folded into a sofa and sat on, shoved into piles of rubbish, dragged through a sandpit half-naked, flung against a wall, dropped from a height onto the floor, and whirled rapidly on an outdoor rotary clothes line until thrown off.”

        Someone probably thought that was funny at the time, but Nia didn’t harden the fuck up, she didn’t pick the biggest bully and punch them in the face, and she didn’t get a chance to emmigrate to Denmark.

        And most red headed kids don’t have the Denmark option either.

        Bullying is usually not an even contest – that’s why bullies do it.

  • Lofty

    God help you if you are a red headed stutterer

  • Rodger T

    I`m feeling a ripped off cos` the readheaded honey in the cover pic does not appear in the video.

  • Hazards001

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

    Obviously a load of old cobblers, they turn into vampires when they get elected into parliament via the green party and want to suck the life blood out of an entire nation!

  • starboard

    Did ya hear about the ginga who couldn’t play ” Who wants to be a Millionaire” because he couldn’t phone a friend…

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