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Redheads Feel Pain Differently Than the Rest of Us

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the no-redheads-were-harmed-in-the-posting-of-this-story dept.

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schwit1 writes "If you think redheads are inherently different, well, you'd be right; they're better than you. In fact, they have a higher pain threshold than most of us, and can handle spicier food, too. It turns out that gingers are less sensitive to stinging pain in the skin, according to researchers who injected capsicum, the active ingredient in chilies, into the arms of patients. Professor Lars Arendt-Nielsen, one of the researchers, said, 'Our tests showed that redheads are less sensitive to this particular type of pain. They react less to pressure close to the injected area, or to a pinprick. They seem to be a bit better protected, and that is a really interesting finding.' The finding also means redheads can handle spicier food, reports Science Nordic. It lends some scientific weight to previous suggestions that gingers have a different pain response to the rest of, which were even investigated by MythBusters."

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Happy Monday from the Golden Girls! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257437)

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a cosmonaut.

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you ever knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend.

Re:Happy Monday from the Golden Girls! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257509)

A pal and a cosmonaut???

Re:Happy Monday from the Golden Girls! (2, Interesting)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258257)

The fifth golden girl was a female communist cosmonaut from the USSR :)

Duh (5, Funny)

dschmit1 (1353767) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257441)

That's what happens when you are without a soul.

Re:Duh (1)

Ironchew (1069966) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257535)

You dun know who has a soul and who dunnit.

Re:Duh (5, Funny)

dschmit1 (1353767) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257543)

The red is all that is left of the pigment as the soul leaves, it's science.

Re:Duh (2)

mozumder (178398) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257595)

GINGERS HAVE SOULS!!

Re:Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257717)

Well, sure, they get a freebie for every soul they steal.

Re:Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258309)

As a ginger, I can assure you that it is true that we do not, in fact, have souls.

Re:Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258369)

As a ginger, I can assure you that it is true that we do not, in fact, have souls.

Yes, but we do have soles ... um unless of course you have both feet amputated or sumthn.

So you met my exwife? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257641)

Actually I'd call bull on this one. My exwife was a red head and she had one of the lowest pain tolerances I've ever seen. I even had a doctor's confirmation of this. We went to the same Chiropractor. I got to talking to him and he said my wife at the time maxed out at 15 on a Tens machine. Out of curiousity he ran me up to 100 and asked how I was? I said it was intense but okay then he told me he maxed it out. The guy was 6' 8" and built like a linebacker, actually he was a weightlifter, so it was kind of a macho game to see how much I could take. He was surprised because my wife claimed she had a high tolerance and he said I was the one with the high pain threshold, FYI I have brown hair. Some may have a higher tolerance but I can tell you first hand some have no tolerance to pain.

Re:So you met my exwife? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257689)

Actually I'd call bull on this one. My exwife ...

Oh your ex wife! OK then we'll just disregard the all the studies with those unnecessarily large sample sizes then, shall we?

Moderator on Acid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258217)

Oh your ex wife! OK we'll just disregard the all the studies with those unnecessarily large sample sizes then, shall we?

This in response to a bit of anecdotal evidence is a Troll, how?

Re:So you met my exwife? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257839)

There's difference between an anecdote and a scientific study.

Then again, you go to a chiropractor. A chiropractor who has a TENS machine.

Re:So you met my exwife? (5, Funny)

narcc (412956) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257857)

I even had a doctor's confirmation of this.

Interesting. Please, go on.

We went to the same Chiropractor.

Fail

Re:Duh (2, Funny)

ThomasFlip (669988) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257813)

Uhh, they weren't talking about full gingers, they were talking about day-walkers. Get your facts straight.

Re:Duh (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258271)

I think they're just used to getting beaten up.

Eureka (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257443)

This report jibes with my own ongoing research into the pain threshold of redheads. In the videos, they seem to almost enjoy the pain. It is quite fascinating stuff!

Re:Eureka (3, Interesting)

Capsaicin (412918) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257533)

... they seem to almost enjoy the pain

Since when did a bit of Capsaicin hurt? See it's not pain to us.

This is a bit disappointing, I always thought my ability to deal with pain was a personal strength, turns out to be my hair?!

Re:Eureka (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257913)

Capsaicin is the exact chemical body uses to transfer pain-information.

Re:Eureka (5, Funny)

Capsaicin (412918) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258091)

Capsaicin is the exact chemical body uses to transfer pain-information.

Not so. I don't occur naturally in the human body. Instead there are a number of substances, including histamine, bradykinin, and prostaglandins which "transfer pain-information." Then there's the nervous system.

Re:Eureka (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257903)

Remember, this is for posterity...

Questions about sample population (3, Interesting)

MisterSquid (231834) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258127)

Red-haired women (FTA notes most studies have been conducted on female mice and female women) have a resistance to capsaicin. Compared to whom? Blonde-haired white people? Brown-haired white people?

How about Koreans, NONE of whom have genetcially-derived red hair? Or Latinos? Or Vietnamese? One could to this all day.

Re:Questions about sample population (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258181)

female women

of the girlular variety?

Re:Questions about sample population (4, Funny)

Capsaicin (412918) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258429)

Red-haired women ... have a resistance to capsaicin.

Oh that's terrible news. :(

Obligatory quote... (4, Funny)

bmo (77928) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257461)

"I'm not like other people. Pain hurts me" - Daffy Duck

Re:Obligatory quote... (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258199)

"I'm not like other people. Pain hurts me" - Daffy Duck

IIRC, wasn't Daffy a brunette.

But does the rug match the curtains? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257471)

But does the rug match the curtains? That is the true question.

Re:But does the rug match the curtains? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257591)

Yes it does. I fucked a petite redhead a few years ago. A wild fox, that one.
But yeah, it matches.

Re:But does the rug match the curtains? (4, Funny)

Drishmung (458368) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257613)

Yes, but not the upholstery. <obxkcd>http://xkcd.com/508/ [xkcd.com] </obxkcd>

Gingers? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257475)

All this time I thought that calling someone a 'ginger' was pejorative.

Re:Gingers? (5, Funny)

Majik Sheff (930627) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257753)

It is.

Fun fact: ginger is an anagram for another racial pejorative.

Re:Gingers? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258041)

Wow, I didn't even realize there are people who hate people with red/orange hair. To the socially naive, ginger sounds kinda cute actually ...

Re:Gingers? (5, Funny)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258375)

The female ones LOOK cute, too.

It's a trick. Get an axe.

Re:Gingers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258123)

I suppose that I was being 'nice' about it, and was refraining to use the N-word.

However, since the cat is out of the bag, I will note that not only am I a 'ginger' but also a 'filthy Jew'. At least the second part is easier to hide.

Re:Gingers? (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258167)

Also, ginger sounds a bit like ninja. Coincidence?

Re:Gingers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257821)

It is.. reverse the first 3 letters.

Re:Gingers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257975)

I thought Matt Smith made it cool...

Groan.... (1)

Gideon Wells (1412675) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257483)

My hair color ranges from brown to noticeably red depending on the season and sunlight. I get it bad enough that I eat everything with hot sauce. Chicken, beef, french fries, potato chips, popcorn, straight from the bottle on occasion. Now I need to brace for a whole new round of ribbing that this might be due to my hair color than just my incredibly bad taste in food :(.

Re:Groan.... (1)

chromas (1085949) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258261)

Why can't it be both?

Re:Groan.... (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258399)

What type of hotsauce? I've known a few people that claim to love hotsauce, but then I find out they're talking about tobasco sauce, which to me just tastes like vinegar. One drop of my 500,000 scoville sauce and they you wouldn't believe how fast they run! Good time, good times...

I thought this had been covered several years ago. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257511)

Redheads need more anesthetic to dull pain: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=1362956
Greater response to pentazocine: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=153647
And morphine: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=1736101

So there's clearly something about MC1R that differentiates pain / killer response; but please stay off the soulless daywalker stuff. It's not helpful and just sounds juvenile.

Oh wait, this is slashdot, I forgot. Whereas you had to invent kick a redhead day, why don't we have kick a geek day? Oh, because that's EVERY DAY... :-)

Ha, best of all the captcha is "placid".

Re:I thought this had been covered several years a (2)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258461)

And if redheads are less sensitive to pain - does that include mental pain?

This may lead to an explanation to why it is said that redheads are wilder than others. When they were penalized for doing something wrong when they were kids wasn't hurting them as much compared to other kids even though the penalty was the same.

Not just redheads (2)

Vladius (2577555) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257517)

There has been some discussion that fair skinned people in general suffer from this phenomenon. I say suffer because while having a high pain tolerance might be cool it makes it a lot harder to anesthetize people like this. This is double so for fair skinned redheads (which many are). I've seen this personally as I am fair skinned. I don't have the increased pain tolerance or the red hair but I am harder to anesthetize, locals have been difficult because I typically need more than normal sometimes. What the researchers should do next is look into the instance for people who have supposedly "woke up" during surgery being paralyzed yet still feeling the intense pain of surgery in progress.

Re:Not just redheads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257777)

I'm not a redhead but my mother was. When I was younger you could see slight redness in some of my brown hair. I can tan but I burn.

OK, so what? Well when I had my wisdom teeth out the first injection to knock me out wasn't enough. They had to stick another needle in, and the partial knockout from the first stick made me feel like I was going to die.

I never had dental anxiety before that. It took me a number of years to get over it. Several pain-free cavity procedures helped restore my confidence.

So. Maybe the gene is sometimes still there even if you don't have much red. Either that or the first injection was some kind of mistake.

I call BS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257541)

All the "redheads" i know can't even handle a little extra pepper. And 2 of them are are oversensitive to any pain imo. Dentist has to give them a double dose and they still complain.

Re:I call BS (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258403)

redheads are also known to be less responsive to anesthesia, so that explains the dentist part.

I don't think this is universal (1)

TWX (665546) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257547)

I have red hair and my wife has red hair. I can tell you that skin gashes and getting jabbed friggin' hurts, and since I like working on old cars I get a lot of that kind of damage to my hands and arms, and I've never liked needles. I'll definitely never be an intravenous drug user or tattoo junkie.

Both of us have somewhat thin hair. I wonder if those redheads with really thick hair might have something different enough going on to where their pain receptors are not as sensitive.

Re:I don't think this is universal (2)

White Flame (1074973) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257693)

Of course it hurts. This isn't saying it doesn't hurt. It's saying that for people without your hair genes, it hurts even more, especially when spiciness is involved.

Re:I don't think this is universal (4, Interesting)

Capsaicin (412918) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257747)

This isn't saying it doesn't hurt. It's saying that for people without your hair genes, it hurts even more.

Well it's saying that for people with our genes as a population it hurts less. Of course I (and OP) would have to borrow a blonde body for a while to be sure on an individual level, but it's apparent to me that I deal with pain better most people I know. I'd always put it down to stoicism though, but perhaps I am actually feeling less pain.

Re:I don't think this is universal (0)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257761)

I have red hair and my wife has red hair.

So why does your son look like Li'l Wayne?

Gingers? (5, Insightful)

SecurityGuy (217807) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257549)

You know, we've come a long way. We used to put people down for a host of things. About a century ago we got over the notion that women weren't smart enough to vote. Not so many decades ago being black and flirting with a white woman could get you killed [wikipedia.org] . I'll bet more than a few of you are acquainted with the idea that "nerd" was not a badge of honor way back in high school. Like I say, we've come a long way, but it's somehow still cool to put down the "gingers".

Grow up already.

And not to be totally off topic, but this notion of people with red hair having a differing response to pain has been known for a long time. Wikipedia has references going back at least decade. I'm pretty sure I've known about this for longer than that. Finding older refs is left as an exercise for the reader.

Re:Gingers? (1)

ThePeices (635180) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257645)

I think its down to the fact that people have not yet sorted out whether Gingerism is a bad thing or not.

Is it un-ethical to commit Gingerism? Or even immoral?

To be honest, I really dont know, I havent thought about it deeply enough.
We need more debate on the subject, and need to reach a consensus.

Re:Gingers? (1)

garyebickford (222422) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257703)

IIRC one or more of the dating sites (match.com? OKcupid.com? I dunno) has basically told redheads not to apply, because nobody will go out with them. I personally have always been a sucker for redheads, but have only once had any kind of relationship.

Re:Gingers? (1)

Kreigaffe (765218) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258067)

absolutely untrue. maybe on Little Inbred Island, but not here in the states.

Re:Gingers? (1)

ppanon (16583) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258317)

Maybe you're getting confused with Cryos [theglobeandmail.com] ? I guess that's an anonymous date of sorts :-)

Re:Gingers? (1)

White Flame (1074973) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257731)

I think everybody else should grow up already.

By what means do pejoratives become silly anachronisms? Certainly not by enshrining them as society-wide PC ban-words. Bash a word out of common use and it'll just be replaced by something else that those who hold disdain will begin to use anew. The problem is the disdain, not the label, and anybody who rails against the label thinking its absence will solve anything is spouting balderdash.

Re:Gingers? (4, Insightful)

Bonker (243350) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257845)

I've always thought the 'Gingers have no souls' bit was invented totally by Matt Stone, a Jewish/Irish/American ginger, for 'South Park' as a 'take that' for Jewish critics of the show who describe him as a 'Self-hating Jew'.

I've always thought that Ginger skin-tone and hair coloration was very attractive on women. I've not heard a lot of disrespect for Gingers before the South Park episode, and then it's been entirely tongue-in-cheek.

Re:Gingers? (1)

buybuydandavis (644487) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258341)

I've always thought the 'Gingers have no souls' bit was invented totally by Matt Stone, a Jewish/Irish/American ginger, for 'South Park' as a 'take that' for Jewish critics of the show who describe him as a 'Self-hating Jew'.

I've always thought that Ginger skin-tone and hair coloration was very attractive on women. I've not heard a lot of disrespect for Gingers before the South Park episode, and then it's been entirely tongue-in-cheek.

Yeah, I don't think I ever heard the term before South Park. Now I find it all hilarious. And I agree about the attractivenes of the skin tone and hair color, although I still don't find freckles very fetching.

Is anyone in the world actually a Ginger hater? I'm surprised at seeing a few people get their panties in a bunch over this.

Re:Gingers? (2)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258489)

Guess you didn't go through the school system as one. Ginger nerd with glasses, yeah, that was fun.

Re:Gingers? (1)

chrismcb (983081) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257967)

>

Grow up already.

Yeah, whatever... stop being so damn insensitive, and stop getting offended by every little thing.
Not only am I a red head I was voted the top nerd in high school.
Its one thing to not allow someone to vote, or to force them to drink from another water fountain... But you know, sticks and stones...

Re:Gingers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258511)

.. but it's somehow still cool to put down the "gingers".

Grow up already.

I'm with you on that. When I was in middle school in Alaska, there was a bunch of kids who were constantly hassling my best friend, constantly saying things to put him down for no reason whatsoever. They kept calling him stuff that made no sense to me at all, so I just lumped them all into the nonsensical idiots category. One day I asked him "Why the fuck do they keep calling you zebra and oreo?" and he told me. I went from thinking they were idiots to despising them. Thanks to my parents I guess that I managed to get to age 12 before I clued in to that aspect of human asshattery.

Capsaicin (5, Informative)

enoz (1181117) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257563)

according to researchers who injected capsicum, the active ingredient in chilies

TFS is wrong, as specified in TFA the ingredient is capsaicin

Cue the obligatory "you must be new here" for expecting editors to edit...

Re:Capsaicin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257673)

Perhaps it was supposed to read "according to researchers who injected capsicum and the active ingredient in chilies".

I imagine a capsicum injected into your arm would be quite painful.

Re:Capsaicin (1)

garyebickford (222422) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257745)

Well, not necessarily. It depends what they injected. Capsicum is the plant, and the extract from the plant. It is widely described, and a common herbal remedy. Capsaicin is the pure chemical. I Googled, and found both terms are common, and mean different things.) Since capsaicin by itself is incredibly strong, whatever was injected was probably in some dilute form so the test dose could be accurately measured, so it could have been either capsaicin diluted with alcohol or something, or (less likely, but still possible) it could have been the extract in oil or alcohol or something.

I might have a better idea of which was actually used in the study if I RTFA, but this is slashdot.

Re:Capsaicin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257771)

Slashdot. Where well educated people would rather Google a term and begin a debate on it's semantics and uses, than click on the feature article and find the answer.
 
I love you guys.

Re:Capsaicin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258137)

This is /. it really ought to be queue, as I doubt very much that there's anybody in need of a cue to say it.

Prehaps it's natural selection pressure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257569)

From being burned at the stakes more than the rest of us? Oh, wait...

I question if this is cultural (4, Interesting)

Karmashock (2415832) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257577)

Are they testing someone in the same genetic pool that isn't a ginger? Because different ethnic groups are going to be conditioned to respond to and express things differently.

Personally, I have brown hair and a very high pain threshold. Everyone in my family is the same way and none of us are gingers. I further don't think it's genetic in our cases. We have an ingrained and conditioned intolerance to whining in ourselves and others. It's just a family thing. We don't express it and we don't respond to it.

So to take this seriously, I'd need to know they were doing an apples to apples comparison to remove cultural and ethnic distinctions.

not in my circle (1)

thygate (1590197) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257585)

I put sambal on my bread in the morning, i so love that stuff, and I have black hair. I have yet to see any of my red friends try that.

Well, anedotal evidence is interesting (1)

Zaldarr (2469168) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257587)

I'm the only fair skinned redhead in my immediate family (and indeed, my closest redhead relation was my grandfather), and in regards to spicy foods, this explains something. Whenever I cook I always go with a heavy spice load, my family complains about it- all blondes and brunettes. I honestly thought they were just wusses.

investigated (1)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257605)

"...which were even investigated by MythBusters."

Not to mention the more well known science show, South Park.

I have a portion of the gene (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257621)

Beard turns ginger, hair is brown, English / Scottish / Irish heritage back a way.
I can confirm my love for chili but my personal pain tolerance is probably one of the worst for any living adult male in existence. I can't take the most basic pain, excercise hurts too much, everything hurts too much. I have incredibly sentive ribs and hate being jabbed in them. The simplest of bumps hurt and I'm sure things shouldn't hurt this much.

Re:I have a portion of the gene (1)

Alotau (714890) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257723)

If you let pain bother you so much it will invade all aspects of your life. Before you know it, you'll be using different injury types for login names. Oh... nevermind.

Inconvenient Truth (4, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257663)

Time to rethink all of your redhead BSDM fantasies.

Re:Inconvenient Truth (2)

Billlagr (931034) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257817)

For sure - if they can tolerate it more, ramp it up a notch!

Re:Inconvenient Truth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258069)

Not if the redheads are the tops....

Re:Inconvenient Truth (1)

buybuydandavis (644487) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258291)

All of them? Not gonna happen - I've got a day job.

Re:Inconvenient Truth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258397)

or if you're not dyslexic, the BDSM fantasies.

Is this really better? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257675)

If you think redheads are inherently different, well, you'd be right; they're better than you.

The ability to feel pain is an extremely useful evolved capability. A higher pain threshold isn't necessarily a good thing.

Re:Is this really better? (2)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257835)

Having the pain threshold be somewhat lower than the point at which physical damage occurs seems optimal.

People born without the ability to feel pain struggle to stay alive to adulthood, which many would interpret as worse rather than better.

Explains something (3, Funny)

medcalf (68293) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257701)

I guess that explains why my wife has rules about how much chili powder and cayenne I'm allowed to use in the chili.

Finally a Solution (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257715)

My blond girlfriend says she is going to dye her hair tomorrow so she doesn't have to take Pamprin every month.
 

Re:Finally a Solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257949)

I am also possibly a natural blonde since I cannot spell blonde, but can't remember for sure.

Redhead GF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257733)

had a redhead gf one and she was awesome in bed. She spoiled it for every other woman in my life

doofus here ended up marrying a blonde ..:D

Capsaicin (1)

TranquilVoid (2444228) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257793)

"Capsicum" is the British/Australian English term for the fruit known in American as the bell pepper. The chemical in chillies is actually called capsaicin.

Does not feeling pain make someone better? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257807)

Pain is very useful, nay, required, to make animals take care of themselves.
"If you think redheads are inherently different, well, you'd be right; they're better than you"
Me thinks this was written by a ranga.

Like a... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257867)

I wonder if this has any relation to the phrase "I'ma beat you like a red-headed stepchild..."

Re:Like a... (1)

slackware 3.6 (2524328) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258357)

No it is simply a case of the red-headed stepchild being such an obnoxious turd that the step parent(dad) want to smack the little turd in question upside the head. But what I really wanted to ask you is WTF is an I'ma?

Pain tolerance, and 2 other attributes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39257889)

My personal observation:

1. Gingers also tend to get high from simple things like Aspirin.
2. Gingers seem to have an improved sense of (magnetic?) north

Better ? Why? (1)

Tuqui (96668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39257963)

If you think redheads are inherently different, well, you'd be right; they're better than you.

Who said that less pain is better?. People that not feel pain (analgesia disease), can't live normally.

No pain huh (1)

asifyoucare (302582) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258013)

So its really OK to beat them up?

Orange (red-headed) cats appear to show the same (2)

Btrot69 (1479283) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258081)

I am currently the servant of an Orange Tabby cat. He's about as close to the cartoon Garfield as a real-life cat could be.

First -- it seems obvious to me that the genes that make humans red-headed are the same as the ones that make cats orange -- the color is virtually the same and they have freckles on their nose and lips that darken as they spend more time in the sun.

He is not a "scaredy-cat" like other cats. He only hides when he is the hunter. He regular stands up to dogs 5 times his size when they come onto his yard.
This fearless seems to be normal for Orange cats -- anyone who has owned one will tell you the same.

I have also noticed that he seems to be virtually immune to pain.
When he was young, he learned that he should never turn his back on a dog -- because his tail got bitten ;)
It should have been a painful wound, but he never got very upset about it when the vet and I cleaned and dressed it.
I never deliberately hurt him -- but accidents happen -- and he never seems to be hurt.

I have always suspected that his fearlessness might be the result of reduced sensation of pain.

This might also explain the reputation for bravery that Lions have -- they are orange cats too !

Well that explains the Vikings (1)

BenJCarter (902199) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258239)

FTA:

Research reveals that redheads:
are more sensitive to cold

...
In other respects, however, redheads turn out to be tougher than other people.

Research has produced evidence that redheads are less sensitive to stinging pain in the skin.

This was shown in tests where capsaicin, the active substance in chilli, was injected into the skin to produce pain.
...
"Our tests showed that redheads are less sensitive to this particular type of pain. They react less to pressure close to the injected area, or to a pinprick. They seem to be a bit better protected, and that is a really interesting finding," says Professor Lars Arendt-Nielsen of the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction at Aalborg University.


Tough to melee a guy that doesn't feel pain as strongly as you. What if most berserkers [wikipedia.org] had red hair? Due to their ironic sensitivity to cold, it probably wouldn't take much to push them over the edge after days of rowing the frozen oceans. I'll bet after leaving their warm yurts, they were even more pissed they hadn't left the Land of Ice and Snow [youtube.com] as fast as the recruiter promised...

[No redheads were intentionally slighted in the making of this post.]

Evolutionary Response (3, Interesting)

Ginger_Chris (1068390) | more than 2 years ago | (#39258337)

Reduction in skin pain seems very useful when you're at a much higher risk of sun burn.

I Dunno... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39258373)

My dad is a redhead (pale skin, freckles and all) and he's a giant baby when it comes to pain.
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