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Puck originally started as a university newspaper comic way back in the prehistoric days of 1998. It was reborn in 2011, and is now running weekly, in color. You can see the original run of eighty strips AND the new colour strips all here!
Given the content of the strip, a word on redheads:
I am not a redhead. A number of my extended family members ARE redheads, though, and I’ve taught my fair share of them, so while not an expert, I’ll throw my hat in the ring by saying that in Canada right now, your average redheaded male has probably suffered more overt discrimination based on his appearance than any actual visible minority.
Why? Well, there’s no social taboo against redhead discrimination. We live in a society where jokes such as “beat it like a redheaded stepchild” are not only condoned but funny. Your average redhead has likely been teased, taunted, ridiculed, or just plain beaten up multiple times.
Redheaded girls have it easier, because few white women have not, at some point in time, toyed with the idea of going red. If you’re a guy and you’re a redhead, though, it’s rough. As a teacher, I can report that there are two types of redheaded boy: the introverted types who have retreated into their own world full of androids and dragons, and the nightmarish hellions who are the toughest, meanest kids in the school. There are few in-betweeners. And don’t tell me that behaviour is genetic! Those are defence mechanisms if ever I saw one.
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My family throws red haired females and blond males.
I was the nightmarish hellion who was the toughest, meanest kid around if you managed to dislodge me from the book I was reading. But for what it's worth, I can't ever recall anyone saying anything nasty about me because of my hair color or even referencing it. I was picked on because I was a stranger, (we moved a lot) and I was tiny for my age, and very introverted.
@TangledWood: it sounds like you hit both ends of the redhead extreme spectrum simultaneously. Amazing! And confusing!
@Dragonrider: Bikini? That's a WORK UNIFORM, got it? A very ... professional ... uniform. Oh okay, it's almost a bikini.
@darknoon: Tim Minchin FTW. Love that guy. And you'll notice, by the way, that I NEVER use the word 'ginger'. I hate that term. For one thing, it's a kid thing. My students use it and I don't like the vaguely derogatory nature of the term. So yeah. I'm on board with that.
And there is one other thing that can sneak up on a ninja: a lumberjack. Because lumberjacks are awesome. And they get practice sneaking up on trees all the time.
Actually, can't remember where I read it, but it's predicted that in only a few more generations the red head gene will be extinct. It's actually quite sad. Red heads are hot. It's all the, not to sound racist but basically, crossbreeding. The red hair gene is, I think it's called regressive? Anyway, it's not the dominant gene. You need both of your parents to have at least one red head gene to get a chance of having a kid with red hair, so with all the people getting married with people from all over the world, the redhead gene is becoming increasingly rare. Very sad. It will be a sad day indeed if we lose the redhead. Very sad.
@None1: Yep, the recessive redhead gene is rare, and getting rarer. That said, blondes are pretty much in the same boat, and scientists wondered why redheads and blondes hadn't disappeared thousands of years ago due to the recessive nature of the gene.
What they figured was that the blonde and redhead gene keeps going BECAUSE people find it attractive. It's the explanation for all those blonde-haired Scandinavians and redheaded Irish. They exist BECAUSE they're hot. And that factor may indeed keep them going for another few thousand years.