Redhead Map

Which country has the most redheads? Let's plot all of us on a map! A project by MC1R Magazine in corporation with onbyrd, Redhead Days and Ginger With Attitude.

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Which country has the most redheads?

How does it work

About: Dear "flaming reds", "copper tones", "strawberry blondes", "rangas" and "ginger beards", we are looking for all of you to create the worlds biggest map with us redheads. Please feel free to give us information about your age, sex, and location so we can collect all of you on the map above. You are able to submit your location on the right side at the web application or under this text on our mobile page. The spots on the map will have an error rate of round about 100 metres, so the location might not be on your home. If you have any questions or if the map doesn't work for you, feel free to contact us!

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The Idea

Why are we doing this:

We’ve all been exposed to those „ginger facts“ in the mass media or on click-bait stories telling us about the distribution of redheads throughout the world. How on earth do they truly know about the different numbers of redheads in all of the countries globally? When you take a look on the Wikipedia article „Red Hair“ and what they write about the different percentage rates per nation, only one small research project from Great Britain about the MC1R protein quotes their data sources from big newspaper articles. If you take a closer look at these newspaper articles you see they don’t have any facts to back their articles up, only other newspaper articles. From there it’s an endless spiral of inaccurate and misleading misinformation.

One research project, by the ScotlandsDNA project, surveyed 2000 people from Great Britain. Although it contained interesting facts about the MC1R protein there is still a problem. Only to have surveyed 2000 people does not produce a statistically accurate estimation that we can truly trust. So how many redheads do live on this planet, and where on Earth are you?

Let’s use the internet to check if all of this is right!

MC1R "The Red Hair Gene": Red hair appears most commonly in people with two copies of a recessive allele on chromosome 16 which produces an altered version of the MC1R protein. Red hair varies from a deep burgundy through burnt orange to bright copper (See "50 shades of red"). It is characterized by high levels of the reddish pigment pheomelanin and relatively low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin. It's associated with fair skin color, lighter eye colors, freckles, and sensitivity to ultraviolet light. Redheadedness is the most recent successful human mutation.


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