Today’s Redhead Warriors

thor with red hairAfter reading a couple of books on red hair by female authors, I felt seriously misrepresented. Being redheads themselves, these females noted that men with red hair have gotten the short end of the stick and ended up on the negative side of what it means to be a redhead. They claimed that you don’t think of men when you think redhead and that redheaded guys are only related to Howdy Doody.  Essentially us “Rufuses” are just dorks. Perhaps this is the view of popular culture, but is it what redheaded men are really like? Personally, I have always looked up to Thor the red-headed god of thunder. So I did a search on the internet to find out if there were other red-haired warriors out there. Here is pictorial proof to the contrary that the only strong, sexy redhead is a woman. I’m not sure who any of these guys are except for Shaun White. Howdy Doody? Whatever!!! I’m a berserker and proud of it!

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Couldn’t leave myself out!

Vikings Had Red Hair, Not Just Blonde

Jesse in the parkIf you believe the Vikings series on the History Channel, it would appear that the majority of the Vikings were blondes. In Marvel’s Thor, he is blonde. The truth of the matter is that the god of thunder as well of a fair share of Vikings had red hair. According to Professor Donna Heddle, director of the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Centre for Nordic Studies, red hair was a cultural marker to the travels of the Vikings found in such places as Scotland and Russia. Now some would argue that red hair comes from the Celtics as well.

In my case, I have red hair from my Norwegian father, unless my dad is the mailman, and red hair from my German mother. Neither of my parents have red hair. My German grandmother had beautiful red curly locks. I have never met my dad’s parents but his kids from his first marriage to an Italian woman produced 2 kids with red hair. Yes I was treated like a red-haired stepchild. So if we are all to thank the Vikings for our red hair, I guess they journeyed to Italy because it takes red-haired genes from both parents to make redhead babies. Plus my wife’s great-grandfather, Angelo, who was Italian had striking red hair. He was a wild man too, wooing his future wife away from the convent by writing her love letters from his own blood during the second world war. Vikings were known to attack convents of ‘brides of Christ.’ I stole my woman from the Sister Theresa convent too.

Feisty Redhead American Heroine Takes Names and Kicks Ass During the Revolutionary War

Nancy HartDuring the American Revolution, Loyalists to the King of England were going around executing non-Loyalists. These traitors were having their way until they came across a red-haired lass with a feisty reputation for swearing. Nancy Morgan Hart was a 6-foot- tall, cross-eyed sharpshooter the natives called “war woman”. The Loyalists visited her one evening while her husband was away doing farmwork on the back 40. When she objected to feeding the angry hungry mobsters, they shot her turkey. Then they bragged about killing her neighbor. That was the last straw. Nancy secretly armed herself with the help of her daughter. Realizing what she was up to, the mob charged at her and she opened fire. When the smoke cleared, one man lay dead and another wounded. Her husband, Benjamin, arrived right then with some other men. They insisted the Loyalists be shot for their actions, but Nancy objected, stating that shooting was too good for them, that they ought to be hung. So they were. Her actions made her famous throughout the land.

Motocross and Red Hair: Why are redheads so good on dirtbikes?

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Red Bull

Several motocross and super cross champions have all sported the red hair, such as the G.O.A.T. Ricky Carmichael and Ryan Villopoto. Why are they so good?

 

 

 

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Ricky Carmichael

 

First and foremost-they have to be crazy and adventurous. Just looking at history, redheads have sure been like that. Just imagine, 25 riders or more with their engines screaming, lined at the gate, shooting for one spot on the track after being jettisoned on those 2-wheeled rockets. One wrong move might send you flying head first into the dirt. The chance of being run over if you fall is pretty high because no-one gives an inch in this high octane sport. Redheads are fiery which can translate to fiercely competitive. People with red hair can produce adrenaline faster than anyone else too. Good for quick energy.

 

 

 

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Ryan Villopoto

Perhaps because redheads can handle more pain makes them more fearless. The rider would have to have fast reflexes and be quick for the start of the race. An impulsive nature goes without saying when it comes to passing other riders.

 

 

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Red-haired Monster Energy Grid Girl

 

 

They must relish the thrill and glory of all those screaming fans if you win and getting on the podium with those curvaceous bodacious women while spraying the champagne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You have to be strong and agile to throw that bike around in every direction possible. Didn’t Mark Twain say that redheads evolved from cats?  Man those guys fly high in the air.

 

 

Let’s hypothesize esoterically- in the first Star Wars movie, Qui-Gon explains about little Anakin Skywalker’s fast reflexes. He says it’s because he can see the future and will know what is coming. The red-haired Merovingian Kings were known for their magical powers too. So you could say that redheads are Jedis on motocross bikes.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Redheads are Naturally Hyperactive

 

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Eric the Red, the fierce red-haired Viking who discovered Greenland about AD 982. NB: Scan of small illustration.

When redheads are described, usually words of energy come to mind, like fiery, hot-tempered and flaming. Picture Vikings raiding seacoast villages and establishing trade routes throughout Europe. Even the country name, Russia, where Vikings sailed on the Volga River, means ‘to row.’ The Vikings traveled far and wide, from North America to the Mediterranean. Ancient redheads are known to have traveled worldwide, evidenced in the discovery of red-haired mummies found everywhere, including South America and China.

Studies have shown that redheads have a propensity for hyperactivity. An Israeli psychiatrist, Dr Michael Bar, reported that redheaded children are three to four times more likely than others to develop hyperactivity. He said, “it’s possible that the assumed national characteristics of certain ethnic groups, like the adventurousness of the Vikings and the temperament of the Irish, are connected to the high frequency of redheads among them.” Another doctor, a pediatrician who specializes in Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Lendon Smith from Portland, Oregon, theorizes that an amino acid, tyrosine, that regulates pigmentation, is related to this hyperactive behavior. Smith also noted that these children are usually deficient in calcium and magnesium.

marsAstrologers claim there is a connection between the red planet Mars and the fiery nature of people with red hair. Redheads are notorious for their well-known hot-tempered, high strung and sensitive natures. In astrology, if the planet Mars is in your charts, it has the affect of placing fiery, competitive and almost explosive tendencies into your behavior. Research astrologers Judith Hill and Jacalyn Thompson made a discovery in their study of 500 redheads that makes a connection to Mars and redheads.

So if you are a redhead with many interests, ie ‘too many irons in the fire,’ don’t worry, it’s a redhead thing.

Sources:

The Redhead Book by Al Sacharov

Edward Snow Astrology News Service “The Volatile Connection Between Redheads and Mars”

 

Tales From a Redhead: How to Protect Yourself From the Sun

As a redhead, I burned a lot when I was young and not smart enough to cover up and use sunscreen, thinking I was invincible to the sun or imagining that I could get a tan. I remember as a kid going to Florida during Christmas break in the midst of winter from Minnesota. There was no way I was going to wear a t-shirt while swimming in the ocean, no matter how much my mom begged me because she said I was going to get a sunburn. My dad, who was a mechanic, had soft firm hands from being in oil at work, and stayed up all night putting lotion on my back as I suffered the worst burn I ever had. Good thing for me he worked nights. The next day on the Naples tour bus, the guide kept making me blow the conch to alert everyone we were leaving. I’m sure no-one heard me because I could barely get a whistle as my lips were burnt terribly.

I can always get a laugh from others when I say I’m working on my tan.

Now I’m smart enough to always wear sunscreen when I go out in the sunlight. However, after becoming aware that I was sensitive to many synthetic body care products, I was worried about using synthetic sunscreen and its possible negative effects. I wondered if it was possible to make my own sunscreen in order to know exactly the ingredients. The answer was yes. I was able to make a pure, natural SPF/UPF 30+ sunscreen balm that goes on smooth and is lightly scented with pure frankincense and myrrh essential oils. Non-nano zinc oxide provides UVA & UVB protection by creating a protective barrier of minerals on your skin. Coconut, shea, jojoba and raspberry seed oils moisturize and provide additional SPF. Beeswax adds waterproofing. To test my creation, I was outside in direct sun by a lake for 2 hours during the hottest part of the day, and didn’t get burned wearing just one application of sunscreen. It blocks 96.7% of radiation, all without chemicals.

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It is also important to cover up and wear a broad brimmed hat. I like to wear linen because it is cool, breathable and protects your skin from the sun. Linen fibers are hollow, allowing the fabric to retain heat in winter and release it in summer, naturally keeping you warm or cool based on the season and your own body temperature. It is hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, and blocks 50% of UV radiation! Linen sheets will help at night when your skin is burning and you get the chills.

After years of getting sunburned, I learned how to heal afterwards. Pure Aloe Vera is my favorite by far, especially the non-medicated version. Aloe Vera is truly moisturizing and I love the cooling effect it gives. It has been proven to heal burns 3X faster than conventional treatments.

Just because you are a redhead doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sunshine.

The Redhead Book by Al Sacharov

Every redhead should read this book.

“In virtually every culture throughout history,” says Al Sacharov, author of a new manifesto for the scarlet-tressed, “redheads have been recognized as special people.”

“Red hair was associated with adventuresomeness and aggressiveness as far back as 100 B.C. Current studies have linked red hair with everything from hyperactivity and creative genius to alcoholism and depression. As long as there has been human wonder, there has been the suspicion that red hair might be part of the bridge to the supernatural and divine.”

“The soul of redheadedness,” says Sacharov, “is energy. Consider the adjectives commonly linked with hair colors — benevolent gray, tawny brown, sexy blonde. The one word always associated with red is flaming. Nine times out of 10 there’s going to be an electricity and dynamism associated with a mane of blazing red hair.”

“The connection between red hair and a fiery temperament may be more than just an old wives’ tale. An Israeli psychiatrist reported that redheaded children are three to four times more likely than others to develop hyperactivity. He theorized that the assumed national characteristics of certain ethnic groups, like the adventurous Vikings or temperamental Irish, are connected to the high frequency of redheads among them.

“A Portland, Ore., pediatrician, Lendon Smith, is advancing the theory that one cause for hyperactive, high-strung behavior relates to tyrosine–a genetically regulated amino acid that controls pigmentation. In 20 years of practice, Dr. Smith has noticed that nearly 75 percent of the nearly 8,000 children referred to him for hyperactive behavior were fair-complected, with either blond or red hair.”

 

Source: Washington Post interview with Al Sacharov in the 1980’s

How Many Redheads Are There?

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Redheads make up about 1% to 2% of the world’s population. This means there are approximately 70 to 140 million redheads worldwide. Although the United States does not have the highest percentage of redheads, 2 to 6%, compared to Scotland with 10 to 15%, it has the highest number of people with red hair, because of the size of its population. If the above percentages are used, there would be 6 to 18 million redheads in the US.

Star Wars Ginger

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Finally a character on Star Wars I can really relate to: Ginger, a red-haired blue-eyed human that is able to sense the ‘Force.’ He was born on the Outer Rim of the galaxy- a place I know too well- and brought into the Jedi Order’s Army of Light to fight their dark evil enemies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ginger