As the doctor began threading the needle through my skin, I bit down hard to prevent myself from crying out in pain. The night before, I'd slipped and fallen onto a pair of dubiously placed wine glasses, and I sliced my arm open. Despite three injections of local anesthesia and painkillers to dull the pain, I could feel every puncture from the stitches in my arm. At the time, I assumed I was a giant baby or the doctor actually had no idea what he was doing.
Hair color gene study sheds new light on roots of redheads' locks
Ginger hair: 13 fascinating facts about redheads
These are external links and will open in a new window. Eight genes linked to red hair have been discovered by scientists, helping to shed light on how redheads inherit their distinctive locks. The Edinburgh University-led research has been described as the largest genetic study of hair colour to date. It had been thought red hair was controlled by a single gene, MC1R, with versions passed on from both parents.
13 amazing facts about redheads that everyone needs to know
Scientist believe the "ginger gene" evolved 50, years ago when humans moved north from Africa to Europe iStock. Ten percent of Irish people have red hair. In total there are 20 million people in the United Kingdom and Ireland with the gene that can cause red hair and this new study shows that this remains a dominant gene in southern Europeans today. The study followed on the results of a ScotlandsDNA project in which found that the Celts flaming red hair can be put down to the weather. The experts believe that the gloomy climate in Scotland has seen a deliberate genetic adaptation.
He graduated in June from Harvard, where he majored in Psychology and petitioned, unsuccessfully for a Redhead Studies program. Though he can be feisty at times, he is pretty laid-back for the most part. Just don't ask him if he's Irish.