With two red braids hanging from her straw hat, Anne of Green Gables may just be the most recognisable ginger-haired girl in the world. But in Japan, the orphan from Prince Edward Island is more than just a quaint Canadian import - she's a national heroine. As he approached the farmhouse with the forest green shutters and opened the old-fashioned wooden door, Terry Dawes readied himself for what he was about to see inside. Having grown up in Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest province, Mr Dawes had visited the famous "Green Gables" historic site many times throughout his life. But this building that Mr Dawes was about to enter wasn't that house at all - it was an exact replica built 9,km away, in Hokkaido, Japan.
Medical Matters: Truths among those redhead myths
Seeing Red: Our Favourite Redheads | HuffPost Canada Life
Long before the study of genetics, the rarity of red hair led to the creation of magical and wildly imaginative explanations. Ancient Greeks decided their Thracian neighbours were especially warmongering and bloodthirsty because they were flame-haired. At some point in history a dichotomy of sorts emerges: men with red hair were up to no good, with several notable paintings depicting Judas with red hair, for example, while during the reign of Elizabeth I, women fell over themselves in their efforts to dye their hair the same colour as the queen. Science eventually intervened, although it was only in that scientists identified the gene responsible for red hair; the melanocortin 1 receptor MC1R protein.
Seeing Red: Our Favourite Redheads
Take the recent story that the world's largest sperm bank -- Cryos -- has started to turn down sperm from redheaded donors -- this according to The Telegraph. The Denmark-based sperm bank's Director, Ole Schou, says the move is nothing personal against redheads. This kind of discrimination against redheads is nothing new -- take it from The Huffington Post blogger Katherine Bindley who knows a thing or two about disliking having a fiery mane. Red-haired people have a long history of being called anything from carrot-tops to gingers. There's even that South Park episode claiming "gingers have no souls.
We definitely don't need an excuse to celebrate the awesomeness of red hair -- but just in case we do, today is the day. According to NationalDayCalendar. It's a noble cause -- and one that everyone can get behind, whether you have red hair or not.