Posted by: Mark | March 14, 2011

It is ok to hit gingers

After reading the title you are probably in one of two groups:

  • You are not a ginger and you are thinking – Duh obviously
  • You are a ginger and you are thinking – Gingers have feelings you know

Well I want to separate myself from the personalities, philosophies and political correctness of this situation and look purely at the logical facts. This is purely scientific.

According to a study in 2005 from the University of Edinburgh, it was discovered that redheads (aka gingers), have a higher tolerance for pain than normal people, because of a MC1R mutation, which releases pheomelanin which stimulates a brain receptor related to pain sensitivity.

So following on from that conclusion it could be easily argued that as creation has resulted in our ginger headed compadres being less sensitive to physical pain then they should receive more of it. Or, put another way it is OK to hit gingers.

* See here for source information

** For those not from Northern Ireland (or those particularly sensitive red heads out there) this post is completely sarcastic in its conclusions and I do not mean any offense. I actually wanted a red head in one of my kids so I wouldn’t have to burn so many lights in the house 🙂



  1. As a now grey-haired ginger, I’ve been hit enough already!

  2. go get a real hobby you balding middle aged man

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